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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

BABIES COST MORE WHEN YOU’RE POOR


New parents quickly learn there are very few financial supports for families with young children to help them buy baby supplies. Many low-income families are doubly penalized because they can’t  afford to join wholesale stores or shop online and therefore pay more for basic supplies. One blogger (with Amazon Prime and Costco memberships and a car) compared her costs with the retail options available to a mother without these options.

  • Diapers--22 cents/diaper online versus 36 cents at the local grocery store
  • Formula--$20 per week at big box store versus $29 at local grocery
  • Baby food--$5 made at home (thanks to  food processor/blender/dishwasher) versus $18 for jars at grocery store
  • Baby supplies (swaddles, laundry detergent, diaper cream, and bottles)--free thanks to points on Amazon credit card versus $10 at grocery store.
Total savings=$41 per week or over $2000 a year.

Source: Talk Poverty, 6/1/16, Baby Costs