According to a report done by the National baby registry, parents spending habits on their child’s first year can range anywhere from $18,000 to $22,000. This includes big items like a car seat and stroller but also smaller items such as a pregnancy test which can cost around $15 and a birthday cake which averages around $20.
By the time junior reaches 18, the typical middle-income family will have spent $160,140 on raising them, according to recent estimates. That doesn’t even touch college tuition. Ouch! Kids are priceless, but raising them is one of the most expensive things a parent will ever do.
But there is great news! Businesses are few and far between when it comes to handing out free things, but Sue Hannah, an expectant mother of twins, found out that she was in for a treat. Feeling the financial stress that comes along with being a new parent (two times over), she was undoubtedly nervous. However, after doing some research, she found out that there are many businesses who are willing to help out new parents with freebies like diapers and baby formula!
Desperate for additional help with her expanding family, she contacted businesses that made infant things, searched the internet, scoured parenting magazines, and made phone calls until her husband believed she was enduring a pregnancy-induced craze. He promised her she could not get something for nothing. Boy, was he wrong!
She found it surprising that many businesses offered free items to expecting and new parents, with no obligation to purchase anything! She received hundreds of dollars worth of freebies for herself and her infants, including free diapers, baby wipes, baby food, infant bibs, bottles, gift packs, parenting starter kits, free parenting videos and applications, coupons, parenting books and magazines, and lots of free samples in the mail from well known firms like Huggies, Gerber, Heinz, Nestle.