Lets be honest, every country is different so you might pay more for somethings and less for others. We might have free day care (by way of family members) or your day care might cost an arm and a leg. So, I am just going to give you an example in terms of clothes.
I accept hand me downs like otherwise my baby would be crawling naked in the north pole. I have bought him $156.72 in clothes in the 7 month he has and most of it had been given away brand new in baby shower gifts ... I won't lie we do have a few new items. Here is why.
1. I live in a caribbean island and my boy's temperature while still at acceptable parameters tends to be high. So at home he is usually in diapers and we don't go out that much.
2. I have 3 nephews, and 2 coworkers have boys older than my baby so everytime moms do a clean up I get 2 bags full of clothes.
3. I keep the stained hand me downs for day baby isn't feeling well or for crawling time. Yes, no matter how clean the house is having him in clothes makes me more comfortable that his belly, knees and any other part of his body is touching ground. Just imagine that soft skin next to hard floor.
4. I sort clothes by physical size (labels I have learn means nothing), new (I have received clothes with tags still on), barely used, and almost worn out/stained.
4. I keep one of each physical size out of storage and the rest in vaccumed bags. I used the physical size to know when it is time to go to the next bag as well as to sort new hand me downs.
5. I donate! Any extra clothes or clothes thatbaby outgrow to another mother with a boy younger or smaller than mine.
I do spend money on my kid. I do still think that kids cost alot but I don't see any reason why to break the bank in order to buy stuff he will outgrow (or break) in the blink of an eye.
Do you accept hand me downs? Do you have any other tips/advice on saving on LOs?
*Also I have a rule if I get any clothes with the price tag still on I put the cost in his bank account.