Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baby Savings: Bedding

If you are someone who MUST have a matching sheet/bumper/quilt/wall hangings set, then this post is not for you.

If you are someone who looks at those matching sheet/bumper/quilt/wall hangings sets and wonders how in the world to avoid spending such an insane amount, then this post is for you.

It's very simple really

Fitted Sheets: $9.99 each (even if you buy 3 or 4, you're spending less).

Heavy Blanket: $14.99

Average Matching Set: $80.00
My Cost: $24.98
Savings: $55.02

See? It still matches and everything. Plus, bumpers are supposedly a no-no these days so why spend money on a set that includes one?

Baby Savings: Crib

I bought a used crib. Ultimate crime, I know.

In searching for a used crib, you have to ask ALL the right questions to make sure you are getting a crib that is SAFE. When I emailed people about their used cribs on Craigslist, I asked a TON of questions and probably left most of them thinking I was a psycho. But, I prefer to be labeled as such over running the risk of putting my baby in a questionable crib.

Questions to ask when buying a used crib:

What brand?
What model number?
What year?

If people didn't have these answers, I did not even CONSIDER buying the crib -even if the crib looked like a reputable brand/model from the picture. If I didn't know for sure, I considered it to be dangerous.

I took this information and Googled the absolute snot out of the crib. Many didn't make the cut and it took me months to finally find a crib that I thought was a good value AND safe. 

I ended up purchasing a Da Vinci Emily II in white.

So this is my crib:

This is the crib new in the store:
New: $209.00
Used: $100.00
Savings: $109.00