11 tips to saving up during pregnancy

Wise up to ways to enjoy big savings by making small changes.

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Sure, it's super-exciting to start a family, but the accompanying financial strain may put a damper on your joy. Children aren't cheap, so it pays to get smart with your cash in order to set money aside for the fun stuff. Check out our top tips on balancing your budget and how to make every penny count.  

Let’s start with how to save up when you’re pregnant…

Affordable antenatal classes

Enrol for classes in the hospital you've registered to deliver in and shave your costs. Weekday classes, which typically start at 6.30pm, are also cheaper. At KK Women's and Children's Hospital, nine antenatal sessions for couples cost $150 (weekday) and $180 (Saturday) for patients and $200 (weekday) and $230 (Saturday) for non-patients.

Look out for bargains

Don't let your ego stand in the way of a good deal. "Sign up for e-mail notifications from money-saving and voucher sites for cheap deals," advises Dan Plant, editor at www.moneysavingexpert.com, a website dedicated to helping you cut your budget. Check out voucher sites like Groupon and Deal.com.sg that offer countless savings, including on travel, food and spas — at up to 93 per cent off. Also keep an eye out for supermarket deals in your daily newspaper.

Avoid wasting food 

In 2012, 6 tonnes of food were discarded, according to the National Environment Agency. This means that, on average, each person wasted some 116kg of it. Reduce wastage by shopping with a grocery list, so you don't overbuy, and freezing leftover food and defrosting it when needed.

Set a budget 

This is the first step to managing your finances. Tools are available to help you set your spending limit by category (groceries, baby stuff, transport and so on), track your bank balances and stay on top of your bills. Here are the top three free apps that can help you save some moolah: TrackMySpend (available on Google Play Store and iTunes), Pocketbook Budget and Expense (available on Google Play Store and iTunes) and Best Budget Free — Control your Expense (available only on iTunes).

Rent a stroller 

Strollers can be really expensive — the good ones can easily set you back about $1,500. Yes, you could go all eco-warrior mum and try surviving with just a sling, or you could get savvy. Suggests Salimah Hussain, 31, mum to Arif, 2, "Ask friends to chip in for a stroller for your baby shower." Or get friends with older kids to pass their used strollers to you. You can also rent one from Singapore Stroller Rental, or at The Baby Specialist.