Having twins is so much money

Erica - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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why dont we get everything cheap, i need to new car seats and they are so much money? on top of that formula and diapers? help!!!

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Tracy - posted on 10/27/2009

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Yes they are, mine just turned 2 and are in daycare full time.......can't wait til they are potty trained

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I got alot of clothes, diapers, wipes, etc from family and friends. Don't be to proud to accept hand-me-downs, they help so much! Where I live we have a children's store called "Once Upon a Child" they sell new and gentley used clothes, cribs, carseats, strollers, you name it! That helped me, if you have a place like that where you are check it out. Sams Club is a good place for formula and diapers too! I'm a single mom of twins, so I was able to qualify for WIC which pays for formula, that is the biggest help for me!!

Stephanie - posted on 10/26/2009

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Definately look for your local Moms Of Multiples club. They are great in helping out plus thier semi anual sales they have can save and make you alot of money. Also one suggestion I may make is to check out your local WIC program to see if you qualify that will cover all your formula among other foods as they get older. Most parents don't think they can qualify but find out they do. It was a life saver for us since one of my twins needed to be on a medicated formula and it was $45 a can. It was covered under WIC. Also along with Babies R Us offering a twin discount so does Burlington on large items such as car seats. Saved me alot of money and childrens consignment shops are a great way to resell your outgrown itmes and find gently used itmes to buy. Most of them mainly carry high end name brands. Saves an average of about 75%. I hope this helps. Good luck. Your babies are adorable.

Amanda - posted on 10/26/2009

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walmart is the cheapest place i can find for anything. other then that i would just say look for the end of season sales and buy in bigger sizes. and the childrens place has amazing sales at least once a season, you can get really nice sleepers for like $2.99 and like everyone else is saying it never hurts to ask if a store has discounts for mothers of multiples.

Lori - posted on 10/25/2009

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Absolutely try 2nd hand kids stores like Jocelyn said above. We joined our Twins, Triplets and More club and they have semi-annual sales where you can get a lot of used items cheap. Also, the generic formula is usually made by the same companies that make the name brand from what our family doc said so switching was easy. Diapers we often purchase the cheaper store brands than the name brands and the work just as well.



Good luck and enjoy your twins!

Jocelyn - posted on 10/23/2009

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I know how you feel! I quit my job to stay home with my boys and have made a lot of sacrifices. Do you know anyone who belongs to a club store like BJ's or Sam's? I go with my mom and get my formula and diapers there. A 228 pack of Luvs is $30. (size 2) I buy their generic formula and it's $20 a can and lasts about 6 days. It makes 382 fluid oz. It helps to shop there. I've also heard great things about diapers.com if you can't shop at a club store. I also like to look at the second hand kids stores in the area. We got a walker for $10 and a saucer for $35! I don't know about finding a carseat there but maybe try craigslist. I hope some of this helps! Good luck!

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babiesrus gives twin discounts of 10%. Sometimes you just have to ask. If you are really struggling, maybe find out from your state social services which places can help by donating items?

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2009

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There are lots of companies that give discounts to MoM's, don't ever be afraid to ask :) My MoM's group kept a list of contacts for companies that offer freebies & /or coupons for new parents of multiples, most require some proof of multiple birth such as copies of their crib cards or birth announcements.

I wasn't able to nurse but cloth diapering saved me tons & were waaaaaay cuter than disposables (and a LOT easier than people think, they're not you mom/grandma's cloth diapers anymore).

TRU offers a discount (you have to ask) on identical larger items. Our last set of carseats I ordered from an online store & I asked, they did give me a discount as well. Our 1st carseats were bought used through our MoM's club, the 2nd set I bought new with the money I made selling clothes & such at the MoM's club sale & the 3rd set I bought with money from selling their cribs on craigslist. I buy a lot of my girls stuff at MoM's clubs sales around town & usually am able to sell it for about the same amount when they outgrow it a year or so later.

Karen - posted on 10/22/2009

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it is a lot of money, but I found that nursing and using cloth diapers helped a lot. We also were able to get a lot of things (clothes and such) second hand, or as gifts from our church and friends.



And it doesn't get any easier. My twins are in pre-school now so it is twice the tuition, and everything else.



But go and search for twin deals on-line, some place will give you a discount. Babies R Us does discounts on big items (car seats, cribs) and there are formula companies that will give you free stuff or coupons. Find your local Moms of Multiples club, they can set you in the right place to look.

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