Great Ways for New Military Parents to Cut Costs

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Baby Basic Training participants practice changing a diaper on August 4, 2016, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Krystal Ardrey)
Baby Basic Training participants practice changing a diaper on August 4, 2016, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Krystal Ardrey)

Congratulations, you're having a baby! What an exciting time for you and your spouse as you prepare to welcome your little bundle of joy into this world.

There’s so much for new parents to learn when there's a baby on the way. And so much to buy. That’s why they need all the discounts they can find. The following is a list of helpful deals for military families and their newest military brat:

Workshops

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offers a free Budget for Baby workshop. At the workshop, you’ll learn what expenses to plan for, how to create a budget and tips on how to save money. The best part? You’ll walk away with not only lots of money-saving tips, but also a Junior Sea Bag filled with items like a handmade baby blanket. Visit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society website to learn how to register for a class near you.

Clothes, gear, and furniture

Onesies. Diapers. Crib. Stroller. Car seat. Babies need a lot of stuff.

The first place to shop should always be your military Exchange. Each service branch may call it a different name, but they all offer huge savings on a wide variety of items, including baby clothes, gear, and furniture. You pay no sales tax, and most exchanges offer a price matching policy. You can even shop online for savings.

No exchange nearby or they don’t have exactly what you’re looking for? Many other stores offer military discounts to help you out.

Destination Maternity offers a 10% military discount on maternity clothes.

Enfamil offers a 10% military discount on formula online.

The SNOO Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby’s Dr. Karp offers a 10% military discount on a full rental term.

Hello Bello offers a 20% military discount on their plant-based baby products.

Old Navy has super cute clothes for babies and kids of all ages. Select locations offer a military discount of 10% off your total purchase. 

Pottery Barn Kids offers a 15% military discount that is available in-store. They have furniture, bedding, toys, décor, diaper bags and lots more for baby.

Home Depot and Lowe's both offer a 10% military discount every day, and they carry baby essentials like baby gates and child safety items. 

At secondhand stores like Once Upon a Child you can find gently used kids clothes, toys, furniture, and other equipment for savings of up to 70% off retail. It’s a great way to sell your used kids’ stuff to make some money on those clothes your baby outgrew in a few weeks.

Consignment sales are fun and inexpensive ways to stock up on baby items. Look in your local newspaper and ask around at playgroups to find out when and where these huge saving events are happening in your area. For instance, Just Between Friends is a seasonal sales event where you can shop for children’s and maternity items at 50-90% savings. You can also sell your used items. Many consignment sales let military ID card holders in early to give you first dibs on the best goodies.

You can find treasures for babies at garage sales as well. Like consignment sales, you can find them advertised in your local newspaper or by word of mouth. You can also look on Bookoo to search for yard sales in your community. 

And as a general rule, always accept hand-me-downs from friends and family.

Photographs

Your baby will change in the blink of an eye. Baby portraits are a great way to capture those changes during those precious beginning days. 

JCPenney Portrait Studio gives military families a free 8x10 print, free session fees, 50% off your photo purchase and $4.99 standard prints.

Prefer creative baby pictures outside a studio? Find a local photographer and ask whether they offer military discounts (or any discounts in general). Many photographers will take maternity photos, newborn photos, even birth photos in the hospital room.

Celebrations

Having a baby is an exciting time worthy of a celebration. Whether you’re planning a baby shower or gearing up for a first birthday party, you’re going to need party supplies. Shindigz offers a 20% military discount on party supplies.

Want to fly to grandma’s house to introduce the newest member of your family? Remember that many airlines allow kids under age 2 to fly for free on your lap.

Keep up with all military discounts

Whether you're an active duty service member, a military family member, or a veteran, stay on top of all the military discounts you're eligible for, from travel accommodations to auto and entertainment deals. Sign up for a free Military.com membership to get full access to all discounts.

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