Welcoming a new baby into the family is a cause for celebration, no matter what time of year. When your new baby comes during the winter, however, it can be particularly challenging since you're already dealing with increased heating costs and holiday expenses.

Fortunately, there are some simple tips that can save you a lot of cash when it comes to stocking up on baby supplies. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Only Buy Bulk Items Online

Shopping online might seem like a great way to save on everything from maternity clothes to formula, but you should be careful about doing too much of your buying online. Clothing sites and other retailers often have a minimum for free shipping, so you may end up loading your cart with more than you actually need. Save the online shopping for bulk necessities like diapers and formula where you can really save some money (and the hassle of lugging it all home from the store).

2. Get Serious About Comparison Shopping

Your baby doesn't care what kind of diapers you put him in, so why should you pay full price when you can always find diapers on sale? Comparison shopping is a must for everything from everyday expenses like diapers to major purchases like a crib or car seat. Compare prices at least three different places before you buy and follow the sales instead of being loyal to one brand.

3. Stock Up on Freebies

Before you leave the hospital with your new baby, stock up on all the freebies the nurses are willing to give you. Not all healthcare facilities will offer, but most will give them to you if you ask - just make sure they aren't going to bill your insurance for it. You can also get free samples from your pediatrician or by subscribing to mailing lists for baby supply companies (just use a junk email if you don't want spam).

4. Look for Things That Grow with Your Baby

Babies grow up fast, so spending hundreds of dollars on a crib your baby is just going to outgrow in a matter of months may not be the wisest choice. Look for convertible gear to save money. For example, you can find a crib that converts into a toddler bed or a highchair that grows with your child. If you're not sure where to look, ask the salesperson or hassle your mom friends for ideas!

5. Don't Buy New Baby Clothes

When you're expecting a new baby, it can be tempting to buy every cute onesie you come across. The fact of the matter is, however, that baby clothes are expensive, and it is only a matter of months (or weeks) until your baby outgrows them. Instead of buying new, look for gently used clothes or ask your mom friends if they have anything they're looking to unload.

6. Borrow When You Can

Moms love to share advice and, if you ask, they might be willing to share more than that. If there's a big-ticket item you simply can't afford, or don't want to spend the money on, ask around and you might be able to borrow from someone who's saving it for a future baby but doesn't need it right then and there.

In the end, it doesn't matter whether you go for the high-end or keep it simple. What matters is that you provide a safe and loving home for your new baby. Putting these tips to work will ensure that you don't have to empty your pockets while filling your heart with love for your new baby.

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