Having a newborn is an exciting time for parents. And one of the things to prepare for the new arrival is the nursery room. Of course, this costs money. With all the essential nursery items and decorations, all costs add up to parenting payment which can be a financial challenge especially for those who are on a budget.
Re-decorating every few years can be expensive. To save money on decorating your baby's nursery, think ahead in terms of the overall theme.
There are several ways to decorate your newborn’s nursery without spending a fortune. Here are some things to consider:
Identify what you need
Make a list. If you don’t know what you need to buy, you will most likely end up wasting money on things that you’re not going to use. As much as you want your baby to have everything he/she needs, there are certain baby items that you cannot live without and those that can be bought at a later stage. For starters, a cot, storage cabinet or drawers, and a change table are essential nursery items.
Keep the theme and decorations neutral
Re-decorating every few years can be expensive. To save money, think ahead in terms of the overall theme. A cute wallpaper may look good for now, but may lose its visual appeal after a few years. A neutral one will work well not only during those baby months – it can last through the toddler years. It can be updated easily, too.
Consider secondhand items
From cot to storage, there are many nursery items that can be bought secondhand. You can go to garage sales and stores offering pre-loved items which are in good condition. Maybe you have a friend or a family member who has older children. Don’t be too proud to use their hand me downs.
Watch out for sales
Keep your eyes peeled for scheduled sale and great deals every season. Check weekly catalogues and local papers for upcoming sale of baby items. Don’t forget online retail stores. You may want to subscribe to their email newsletters so you don’t miss out on great finds at lower prices.
Inquire if you’re eligible for parenting payment
This is a tip for your overall budget when you are off having your babies, and of course decorating a nursery should only form part of your expenses! But it’s important to know if you qualify for the parenting payment. This is income given to the principal carer of a child to assist in raising children. You can be eligible for parenting payment if you fall under some general conditions that is covered by centrelink.
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