The Baby Cheapskate Guide to Bargains: How to Save on Blankets, Bottles, and Everything Baby

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Having a baby?

How to get everything you need—without breaking the bank.

When Angela Wynne started preparing for her baby’s arrival, she was overwhelmed by all the must-haves she supposedly needed. She quickly discovered that the average American family can expect to shell out more than $23,000 for the first two years of the baby’s life.

 

Daunted by the cost of having a baby, Angela soon realized she had...

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Overview

Having a baby?

How to get everything you need—without breaking the bank.

When Angela Wynne started preparing for her baby’s arrival, she was overwhelmed by all the must-haves she supposedly needed. She quickly discovered that the average American family can expect to shell out more than $23,000 for the first two years of the baby’s life.

 

Daunted by the cost of having a baby, Angela soon realized she had a gift for ferreting out the best bargains—and decided to share her findings with other parents online, with her uber-successful blog BabyCheapskate.com. And now, in The Babycheapskate Guide to Bargains, she gives you must-have advice on buying the best for your baby for less. You’ll learn:

 

  • What you need for your baby—and what you don’t need
  • The principles of shopping smart
  • Where to find great deals on baby products, both online and off
  • How to use social media to find bargains and get advice
  • How to demystify couponing and other “insider” savings techniques
  • And much, much more

Outlining easy-to-follow, effective saving strategies, this indispensable guide takes the financial guesswork and all the unwanted stress out of planning for a baby.

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 “[Angela Wynne] is a mom with a purpose: She single-mindedly tracks all the latest deals on diapers, formula, and other baby necessities.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451236692
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,460,630
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Baby Savings 101 1

Chapter 1 Saving Big: The Basics 3

Why Do We Buy? 4

What Kind of Saver Are You? 9

5 Principles of Saving Big 10

Chapter 2 Building Your Shopping List and Finding Big Discounts 25

Do Your Research Before You Shop 26

How Low Will It Go: Tracking Prices 30

Get the Scoop on Sales, Clearance, and Closeouts 35

What About Warehouse Clubs: Are They Worth It? 38

Saving with Social Media 40

Chapter 3 Creating the Registry: From Woombies to Onesies 45

Where Will You Register? 46

Be Smart: Register for the Essentials 49

It's Raining Freebies: Baby Showers 56

Chapter 4 Saving Big with Coupons 61

Couponing Basics for the Absolute Beginner 62

On the Hunt: The Best Coupon Sources 65

Loyalty Cards, Rebates, and Vouchers: Three More Cost Cutters 72

3 Ways to Take Couponing Even Further 76

Part 2 Life's Little Necessities 79

Chapter 5 Setting Up the Nursery: Cool Cribs and More 81

5 Basic Ideas for Nursery Planning 82

7 Space-maximizing Tips for a Mini Nursery 83

Designing the Nursery: Inspiration and Advice 85

Crib Notes: How to Buy a Great Crib for Less 89

Bedding: Bye-Bye Bumpers and Other Tips 95

Pretty It Up: Decor and Nursery Furniture 99

Planning a Nursery for Multiples 108

Chapter 6 Feeding Baby for Less: From Boobies to Bananas 113

Breastfeeding and Nursing Accessories 114

The Secret Formula for Saving on Baby Formula 125

Fill 'Er Up: The Best Baby Bottles 131

Baby Food: No Silver Spoon Required 134

High Chairs: Do You Really Need One? 138

Chapter 7 Diapering: The Bottom Line 145

Cloth Diapering 101 146

Disposable Diaper Basics 153

3 Rules That Can Save You Hundreds on Premium Diapers 158

What About the Wipes? 164

Chapter 8 Changing Time: Bags, Pails, and Other Diapering Doodads 169

Mama Needs a Brand-new Bag (or Does She?): Diaper Bags 170

Diaper Pails: The Straight Poop 177

Dealing with Diaper Rash 181

Chapter 9 Coming Clean: Baby and the Bathwater 185

Rub-a-Dub-Dub: How to Save on a Tub 186

Soaps and Shampoos: Tear-free Shopping 191

Towels That Won't Leave Your Wallet High and Dry 193

Make a Splash: Bath Toys 194

Chapter 10 Sizing Up Your Baby Clothing Needs 197

Hooray for Free Baby Clothes! 199

What Does a Newborn Need, Anyway? 199

Layette for Less 200

Sizing It Up and Shocking Up 210

This Little Piggy: Baby's First Shoes 213

Resell and Recoup the Cost 216

Part 3 Gear and Other Goodies 219

Chapter 11 Cruising: Car Seats 101 221

Car Seats: A Crash Course 223

Choosing and Saving on Infant Car Seats 227

Convertible Car Seats: Safety and Savings 231

Chapter 12 Hoofing It: Strollers and Baby Carriers 235

Strollers 236

Baby Carriers 247

Chapter 13 Gearing Up: Bouncers, Bassinets, and More 257

A Play Yard Playbook 258

Will Your Baby Be a Swinger or a Bouncer? 263

Rock On, Baby: Rockers 268

Bassinets, Cradles, and Moses Baskets 269

Bumbo and BébéPOD: A Different Kind of Babysitter 270

Chapter 14 Choosing Drool-worthy First Toys 273

Tummy-time Fun: Activity Mats and Baby Gyms 276

Classic First Toys Your Baby Will Go Gaga For 276

Stationary Activity Centers: Plastic Mega Hunks of Fun 284

Bouncing Baby Boys and Girls: Jumpers 287

Books, Music, and Other Media for Your Little Mogul 289

Out and About with Bambino 292

Appendix A 100+ Helpful Web Sites for Smart Shoppers 295

Appendix B Smart Products to Put on Your Baby Registry 301

Index 303

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