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Cheap Nursery Ideas – 5 Budget Tips

It goes without saying that having a baby is one of the most expensive ventures you will ever take on in your lifetime. Why? Because the expenses never stop rolling in, even when they’re off to college; even grown adults sometimes need their “mommy” or “daddy” to take care of them financially.

With this in mind, it is no doubt that parents try to save in any way possible, while trying not to compromise the safety of our kids. The sky is the limit for cheap nursery ideas that you can come across just on the internet alone. But being on a budget doesn’t have to mean choosing items at the bottom of the barrel. Your kids can still enjoy an exciting and fulfilling life, even if mom and dad didn’t pay an arm and a leg for their crib or change station.

I’m going to show you how being a mom doesn’t mean you have to do it all on your own, or come up with all your nursery items yourself. There are tons of ways to make the perfect nursery with the perfect budget!

1. Hand-Me-Down Jewels

Have you ever heard an expecting mom say, “I’m never giving my new baby hand-me-downs, I’m gonna buy everything new because this is my 1st baby and I want to go all out.” Or maybe that was you saying those things. But hear me out, your baby will be just fine with second hand items because guess what, they’ll never know the difference. Second Hand

The moment I found out I was pregnant, one of the 1st things I thought of was, “Where do I start looking for second hand items?” Why? Because I am one cheap momma! To make matters worse, I was always cheap prior to my baby so why would this be anything different – that was my thought process.

Now I’m not saying that you have to compromise certain goals that you had in mind for your perfect nursery, but do keep in mind that this is just temporary. Soon your little one will need a brand new room with all new furniture and items anyways.

  • Friends/Family
    • These will be your go to people for the 1st round of hand-me-downs. They have gone through the process before you and probably have some items just lying around in the garage or the attic just catching dust. This is the perfect opportunity for you to visit that long-lost friend/family member and start collecting those free items. Who would have thought “free baby furniture” would be so easy to get?
  • Friends of friends/family
    • I bet you didn’t this of this group of people – even if you don’t know them personally, a friend/family member can advocate on your behalf to ask for baby items no longer needed or that people want to get rid of for cheap. Although these items might not always be completely free, it beats paying full price at the store, right?

2. Thrift Stores For The Win

Thrift StoreNow I know many parents don’t marvel in the idea of buying used items from people they don’t know…better yet, used baby items! This can be a scary thought, believe me. Take it from someone who buys from thrift stores all the time. I was a huge skeptic and germophobe but also a cheapskate, so how did I combine the 2 without compromising either one? I had to change my mindset.

There were clear goals and cut off points for what I would and wouldn’t buy. I also had a routine of cleaning any item purchased in a thrift store so I can put my mind at ease (that’s the germophobe talking). Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still a germophobe, I just try not to overthink each process. There were also some items that I decided that I would never get from a thrift store, just for the safety of my baby. These included things like a change pad. Again, that was something on my “no” list so you have to come up with your own. This will make the purchases so much easier as you’ll know exactly what you want.

  • Salvation Army/Value Village
    • These stores are well-established and usually only take items that are in good condition. They might need some extra cleaning if they’ve been sitting out for a while. You can usually get bigger furniture items at these stores, which will end up saving you lots of money in the long run.
  • Once Upon a Child
    • ***I cannot stress the level of love I have for this store***
    • This store was a literal lifesaver for me! While they sell kids clothing and shoes, they also sell a wide range of nursery items like furniture, which you can sometimes get for 50% or less of the purchase price. I know there are locations spread out across North America (Canada & US). So do a quick google search and find your closest location. Head on over and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
  • Other Local Thrift Stores
    • You can also check out your community thrift stores that are not so large scale. Here you can usually find more unique and personal items.

The key to good thrifting is ensuring the items are cleaned thoroughly once you buy them. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll become as addicted as I am, all within reason of course.

3. Garage Sales Without The Hassle

Garage Sale
This right here can be a major money saver! People want to get rid of things they no longer use and trust me, some of those items are in better condition than the ones in the store (ok, ok I’m getting ahead of myself, not necessarily better condition but they can be in impeccable shape).

These are sometimes very easy to spot as people often have signs up in their yards or on their street. Some people might even advertise in the local newspaper. The key to getting the best items is getting there early. Ever heard the phrase, “The early bird catches the worm”, well that sure applies here. If you get there early, you can scoop up high sought after items before the competition even has a chance to lay eyes on them.

4. Social Media and Advertisement Websites

We live in a technological era where everyone and anyone owns either a smart phone, tablet, or computer. It is usually free to post on these media and you can gain a lot by seeking out your local sales.

  • Facebook
    • More often than not, people having garage sales will make it an event on Facebook. You can search for events near you or more specifically, you can search for garage sales and you’ll get a list of results close to you.
  • Instagram
    • This can be advertised on a person’s main page, or some people go the extra mile and make it an actual sponsored advertisement. You can check out the “search” page on your Instagram account and you can sometimes find pictures posted with garage sales.
    • Another simple option is to type in the garage sale in the search box. This might also give you some good options.
    • The hashtag can also be used, so search for #garagesale for example.
  • Twitter
    • It’s all about the hashtags with twitter. You can even make your search a little more detailed like #garagesalemiami for example.Social Media
  • Craigslist/Kijiji
    • These advertisement websites can be quite saturated but it is very easy to find what you’re looking for because of the categories.
      • Craigslist – you can find garage sales under the “For Sale” section
      • Kijiji – simply type in “garage sales” in the search box
    • Remember, for either website, make sure you select your “Province/State”, then “city” to get accurate results.

5. Good Old DIY Projects

I know, I know, who wants to think about doing an actual project while carrying a tiny human? But this might save you some money in the long run and it will be as personalized as things get. Plus, let hubby help you out and make it a family event 🙂 DIY

There a few websites where you can get step by step instructions on how to make different items, which takes a huge load off your back. You will have to get the supplies though, which in itself can be a tedious process. But if you want your baby nursery to have a personal touch, this might be the way to go for you.

  1. Pinterest – vast amount of exciting and fun ideas here
  2. YouTube
  3. Facebook pages (you would have to do a quick search for different pages depending on what items you’re trying to make on your own)
  4. Google

Think Long Term

What can make your decision a lot easier is thinking about how long you will keep these items for. For example, you will only use a bassinet for about 3 months or so, so why buy a really expensive one just because it looks good, if it will break the bank? You can also invest in a convertible crib as this is a good buy because it will grow with your child. These are some things you have to think of when buying second hand items:

  1. How long will my baby use this for?
  2. Will I have another child that could benefit from this item?
  3. Is the item in good condition?
  4. Has there been a recall on the item?
  5. Is there permanent damage to the item that could harm my child?

What Did You Decide?

So there you have it, lots of ideas to choose from. Go through the list and choose what works best for you and your family. Don’t feel obligated to do one or the other, and don’t feel guilty about your decision. You will do what’s best for your child and don’t let anyone make you feel less than because you’re getting cheaper items or free ones.

So will you go with hand-me-downs or the thrift store? Or perhaps the idea of making your own baby items is a thrill for you. Whatever you decide, make it yours and your child will love you regardless.

How are you planning to get cheap nursery items? Or maybe you decided to buy brand new. Let us know why or why not in the comments below. Thanks for reading 🙂





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6 thoughts on “Cheap Nursery Ideas – 5 Budget Tips

  1. daniela May 8, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    What great ideas! I have 4 grown kids – 3 of which have small kids. This is going to come in handy!

    • Shantaye May 8, 2018 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks for reading! And yes I try my best to give easy, cheap ideas because I know kids aren’t cheap.

  2. Marla Smith May 9, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Great article. I wish I would have thought of these ideas before my baby became a 10 year old. I am now familiar with many of the locations you have mentioned, since I have been trying to get rid of his baby stuff. Once Upon a Child is a great place to buy and sell. Sold many items there that I know were basically brand new.

    • Shantaye May 9, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Once Upon a Child is for sure my baby haven! Glad to know you found value in it as well 🙂

  3. Courtney Myles May 9, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I am all for this article. I stay shopping cheap for inexpensive things. I have 5 kids and it’s not cheap to just go out and by expensive clothing for each one of them. You have given me some useful information. Thanks a lot!

    • Shantaye May 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Yep, cheap is my middle name! I only have one baby so far so I know with 5, saving even a little makes a huge difference. Thanks for your feedback 🙂

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