I’m going to start spending an extra $10-15 (not counting free-after-rebate items) per week to stock up on toiletries, diapers and non-perishables to use for the first six months or so after my baby is born.
I figure if we can gradually accumulate a decent supply, it’ll have a smaller impact on our budget, I’ll be able to take advantage of good deals, and we won’t even have to think about running to the store to pick up toilet paper or toothpaste with a newborn.
I know in some posts, I’ve mentioned that I don’t want to be an ultra-hoarder with a massive supply of stuff. I still don’t want to fall off the deep end, but I do think it’s practical to have a decent-sized stash of goods ready to go.
I made a list of things I want to stock up on, and estimated how many of each item we’ll need to have a six-month supply. I’ve taken a quick inventory of what I already have, and what I need more of.
CVS and Walgreens deals this week didn’t excite me, so I just went to Rite Aid. I didn’t do anything complicated there–I just got some of the free-after-rebate items that I knew we would use.
Herbal Essences “Long Term Relationship” conditioner (shampoo also on sale) $2.99 out of pocket, free after rebate.
Organix conditioner (shampoo also qualifies) $5.49, free after rebate. Note: This rebate is good only June 15-17.
Secret Flawless deodorant $3.99. Had $1 off coupon. Rebate is $2, so it will cost $1 total.
Diaper Mate disposable bags $2.49, free after rebate. Probably not a necessary purchase, but whatever.
Purex laundry detergent, buy one, get one free. I wish I had coupons for these! I got a 44-load powder detergent for $5.99, and the second one was free. At 88 loads, it’s about $0.06 per load.