How to get free stuff for baby

I had just quit my job to focus on my senior year of college when I found I was pregnant for the first time. My husband had a good job but that didn’t stop me from constantly worrying about money. (I guess you could say it’s one of the side effects of growing up poor. I don’t mean “I didn’t get the Gameboy I wanted for Christmas kind of poor” I mean the kind of poor where you are using the oven to heat the house kind of poor.) The thought of  “how in the world are we going to afford all of the stuff a baby needs?!” kept crossing my mind. Then I started digging around and found some codes that allowed me to get free things for baby. Because I now have another little one on the way, I thought I’d share with ya’ll how to save on stuff for baby and some codes to get free or discounted things for baby!!

Photo Courtesy of EskimoKids.com


THE CODES:

Carseatcanopy.com CARSEAT for $50 off

Uddercovers.com UCOVER for $35 off

Sevenslings.com SEVEN for $40 off

Nursingpillow.com NPILLOW for $40 off

Bellybuttonband.com  ONEONLY for $40 off

Babyleggings.com ONEONLY for $50 off

Breastpads.com ONEONLY for $35 off

Babiesfirstbooks.com BABYBOOKS 5 free books

Rufflebuns.com   ONEONLY for $60 off

Eskimokids.com WILDTHING for $35 off

 

The codes above either covers the cost of the product or greatly discounts it. There is a little catch to these deals though, the shipping on these items can be little high. The most I’ve ever paid was $15 and the least I’ve ever paid was about $7. However that’s way less than what you’d pay for the actual product so it’s still a really awesome deal.

 

Tips On Saving for baby:

1. Buy used:

There are plenty of second hand baby/toddler/kid high end consignment shops now. You can find name brand clothing, cribs, carseats, strollers, bassinets etc. Keep in mind however if you buy a carseat from a consignment shop you need to check the expiration date on it. Most stores do this but it never hurts to take a look for yourself. (I wish there would have been a baby consignment shop open before my son was born, luckily though one opened up right after. Now there are two great consignment shops in my area that I get to shop around before this new little one makes his arrival.)

2. Buy Not Only for Now but Also the Future:

Before Deklin  was born I decided to buy this crib/mattress/dresser/changingtable combo from Walmart.com. It was only $250 for the entire thing which is a fantastic deal considering that it transitions from a crib to a toddler bed into a full size bed. For the first year it  was great and it’s even been okay as a toddler bed. However there is no way in the world I transition it into a full size bed, I just wouldn’t feel comfortable with my son sleeping in it. It just isn’t sturdy enough to hold the weight of a full size mattress and the weight of a growing boy. My husband and I plan on striping it down, repainting it, and reinforcing it turning it back into a crib. (If it’s durable enough) For what we paid for it and everything that came with it, I really shouldn’t complain. The cribs done it’s job over the last 3 years, I just wish that I would’ve thought about all of the stages of the crib and if it was truly going to last. Had I known what I know now I definitely would have bought something a lot sturdier than I did. If we do end up having to buy to a new crib, you can bet your sweet buns that I’ll be buying it from a consignment shop.

One smart thing we did do the first time around was buy one convertible carseat (a carseat that grows with the baby) and an infant carseat. The convertible carseat was placed in my husbands truck and the infant carseat in my car (considering that Deklin would with me for the majority of the day). We went with a cheaper infant carseat because we knew that he wouldn’t be in it for very long. (He was in it maybe 8 or 9 months, if that. Then we bought a convertible carseat for my car.)  The convertible carseats cost a little more up front but we probably won’t have to buy another carseat until he’s 4 or 5 years old.

3. Buy Gender Neutral:

     When we were shopping around for a pack-n-play and a baby swing there were all of these adorable blue and green boyish ones or these adorable little girl ones with the little canopy drops.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to get those. But I knew I had to be smart. We knew we wanted more kids someday and I didn’t want to have to go out and buy these things over again. I probably wouldn’t have done that but I would’ve felt bad. So instead we went with gender neutral on everything big. Then we packed it away for the next baby.

4. Save as Much As you can from your First Baby

My husband called me a hoarder for saving so many clothes and all of the big stuff. I didn’t save every outfit but I did save all of the really adorable ones. (There are outfits that I saved that Deklin never even wore because he grew so fast)  Now that we know we are having another boy, he’s thankful I did. Saving the big stuff also saves us a lot of money because lets face it the price of things aren’t going to decrease, they are just going to continue to get higher and higher.

 

So there you have it my tips on how to get free/discounted stuff for baby. Please leave me a comment letting me know if these tips and promotional codes were helpful.

 

 

 

 

Vegetable Frittata Muffins

I’ve been making  Vegetable Frittata Muffins since my son was able to eat solid food. It was my mission to make him love fruits and vegetables. The great thing about these is that they taste great, it’s healthy, and ridiculously easy to make. Today I’m going to show you how to make Vegetable Frittata Muffins.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

6 Eggs

1 Cup of Broccoli chopped

1/2 Cup of Bell Pepper Chopped

1/2 Cup of Tomatoes Chopped

1- 1/2 Cup of Any kind Cheese (I used Mild Cheddar)

Salt

Pepper

First pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.Then you’ll want to chop up your veggies. Next grab the cheese and shred it. (Tip: Block cheese is always cheaper then pre-shredded cheese) Also feel free to add any veggies you want. Experiment.

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Once that’s finished crack your eggs open and place in a large bowl. Using a fork, whisk the eggs.

Then add the veggies and cheese. Then salt and pepper to taste.  Stir well.

Grab a muffin pan and spray it with cooking oil. Then spoon the egg mixture in the muffin pan cups about 3/4 of the way full.

Bake for 20-22 minutes. Then Enjoy!!

How to Make Applesauce

When my son was a baby, I decide to take on the task of making the majority of his baby food. One the first foods I learned to make was Applesauce. After I finished the first batch, I was amazed by how easy it was to make. Not mention it tastes delicious and today my toddler still loves it. Today I’m going to show you, how you can make Applesauce.

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

8 Variety Apples (I used Red Delicious, Gala, and Green Apples. Try not to use a lot of tart apples. They take longer to cook and aren’t as sweet.)

1/2 or 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon (optional)

1 Cup of Water

Apple Peeler, Corer, and Slicer or a Peeler and Knife

1 Large Pot w/ Lid

Potato Masher or Blender

If you’re using an Apple Peeler, Corer and Slicer, place the apple where the tongs are and turn the handle. When your apple has been peeled,cored, and sliced place the slices in the large pot.

If you don’t have one of those that’s okay, grab your peeler and start peeling apples. Next grab your kitchen knife and cut around the core. Then take the 4 pieces and cut them into small chunks. The smaller you cut them the faster they’ll cook.

When you’ve placed all of the apple slices or chunks in the pot add the water and cinnamon. (If you want you can add a half cup of sugar to the pot as well) Give the applesauce mixture a good stir  and place it on the stove on high heat until it comes to a hard boil. Once it comes to hard boil turn your heat down to Medium/Low. Then allow your apples to simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring periodically. The apples will become soft.

After the apple mixture is finished cooking take your potato masher and mash it up. If you like your applesauce really smooth, scoop the applesauce mixture into blender and blend until it’s smooth.

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There you have it homemade applesauce. Enjoy!!