Swagbucks update

I wanted to take a second and update you on my Swagbucks (SB) experience. I've been a member since 11/30, and I'm up to 36 SB, now. If I wanted to, I think I could earn at least 1-2 SB each day, just by searching. It's taken almost a month for me to get to this point. I don't know if that's fairly normal or not. I can't afford much from The Swag Store yet, but when I get to 45 SB, I can get a $5 Amazon card. I've been doing most of my Web searches through them, and that's how I've gotten most of my points. I think I found about 3-4 Swag Codes, which are worth Swagbucks, too.

Swagbucks really pushes referrals, but I haven't earned many SB that way. From what I've heard, that's a difficult thing for a lot of people.

So, I'm on the fence with my experience so far. It seems like it takes a while to earn SB, and when you do, they don't count for much. I guess if I save them and save them, I could probably afford more from the store, but that might take a while.


On the road again . . . Saving money on your holiday road-trip

For many of us, the holidays mean travel. We've been traveling on and around the holidays for many, many years. Last year, everyone came to us because I had just had a baby, which was nice. But, we're back on the road again this year. And I was thinking about all the ways we try and save money while we're traveling, so why not share them with you?

The single best money-saving travel secret I have is . . . if you can make your lunch before you leave (or pack lunch fixin's), you'll not only save cash, but you'll probably eat healthier, too. This CAN work for a multi-day trek, too—not just a day-trip. Just pack a cooler with all the lunch items you need. We don't always have a chance to do this, but when we do it really saves us money.

Another tip is to take your "pit-stops" at rest areas, if possible. Besides using the ol' "Hold it!" method, this saves you from running into the gas station store and walking out with munchies that you just don't need. Sure, rest areas have vending machines most of the time, but you mostly have to walk out of your way to get to them, which makes them not as convenient as . . . well, a convenience store. You'll save money, and get a chance to stretch your legs without getting too far off the freeway.

I also found several great tips for Saving Money on a Road Trip with Kids. I thought you might find them helpful, too.

Merry Christmas, and happy thrifty travels!


Holiday photo deals!

So, a friend of mine was wondering about current photo deals that are going on right now. I was responding to her and thought, Hey! Why don't I post this on my blog? Now, there's a thought.

Here are some of the current online photo deals, going on right now. . . .

Shutterfly has free shipping on orders of $50 or more with promo code SHIP50. Snapfish has 35% off thier photo books thru Dec. 15 with coupon code DEC12. Walgreen's photo is offering 25% of orders of $25 or more thru Dec. 16 with coupon code SENDCHEER. They also have 25% off photo books and calendars with coupon code SAY25. AND they're offering 25% off 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10 single or collage-style prints with code PRINTS25 thru the 19th.

Don't forget that photo gifts make great gifts for the holidays. They're sentimental, and thoughtful . . . AND cost-effective!


DEAL ALERT: Get 25 Free Holiday Songs from Amazon!

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So, I've been hearing about Swagbucks constantly, and have been a bit skeptical and hesitant to join--even though the promise is that you can earn $$ for just searching the Web through their site. I just signed up, so we'll see how it goes. I've already earned 5 Swagbucks. I don't know if that's good or bad, but I'll keep you posted to let you know how it's working for me.

Search & Win

I haven't been into all the after-Thanksgiving sales this year, because our Christmas is going to be pretty simple this year. But, I did take advantage of Old Navy's Black Friday $15 adult jeans, and purchased two pairs for my husband, plus one pair of khaki cargos. The total? $50, with free shipping. AND, I earned 10% cash back through Ebates! Thought that was a pretty good deal!


DEAL ALERT: Free nursing cover from Udder Covers

NOTE: you have to pay $8.95 for shipping, but you get the Udder Cover for free, using the promo code! Makes a great gift! I'm pretty sure this deal is only for today, but I've seen them release these coupon codes here and there.


Latest, Greatest Baby Find

My daughter is now 10-months-old. Wow, I can't believe that! Her 1st birthday is nearing very quickly, and I'm not sure I'm ready for that.

She's been in her baby-carrier car seat since birth, but we've been seeing the need to move to a convertible car seat sooner than later. So I've been keeping my eyes open to shop for the best deal—of course. What kind of bargain shopper would I be, if I didn't? We wanted to buy something new—instead of used—simply because of the warranty and expiration dates. I had looked a bit at Babies R' Us, and had saved up some coupons if we ended up purchasing one from there. However, the coupons only reduced the cost to around $130. Not great, but we were willing to pay it, if we found something we really liked.

I was keeping my eyes open on kids.woot.com, just to see what might pop up—not really expecting to see a convertible car seat. Then low and behold, one day it was there! A wonderful Evenflo Symphony convertible car seat for $99! I couldn't click the "I want one!" button fast enough. With $5 shopping, this was a steal! Did I mention that this one holds children 5–100 lbs.? And this being my first Woot.com experience, I was interested to see if things would go smoothly, which they did. The car seat shipped quickly, and I couldn't be more satisfied with it. And for around $105, I saved a good amount over buying at a chain store.

And that's my latest, greatest baby find!


Back in a week

Taking a little trip . . . will return to blogging in a week. See you then!


New money saving sites I'm following

I've recently come across a crop of new bargain-licious sites/blogs that are fascinating, and I'm now following them. I wanted to be sure and share them with you all, too.

BabySteals.com—right now they're offering Hooter Hiders for $14.99, but the deals only last so long, so hurry on over to get one!

1saleaday.com—another site that sells only one item until it's gone (similar to Woot).

TheSimpleDollar.com—"financial talk for the rest of us," and they offer some great bargain and money-saving tips

Simplemom.net—"Live simply, stay sane. Life hacks for home managers."

The Mom's Cheat Sheet— time and cost-saving tips for moms

I've recently fallen in love with these bargain-savvy, money-saving, life-simplifying sites, so I hope you'll enjoy them too!


Giveaway! Elmo's World: All About Faces

I just saw that 5 Minutes for Giveaways is doing a really fun giveaway right now. They're offering 3 lucky people the chance to win the brand new Elmo's World: All About Faces DVD!
Elmo's World: All About Faces, brought to you by Genius Products and Sesame Workshop, features Elmo teaching children all about the three main features on our faces: eyes, nose, and mouth.
So, click on over to the 5 Minutes for Giveaways Elmo's World giveaway, and enter for your chance to win!

Get Moby Wraps baby carriers for 10% off, plus FREE SHIPPING!

If you're on Facebook or Twitter, you can get 10% off Moby Wraps through seller Amanda Dolinski. Visit the Moby Wraps Facebook fan page HERE, or follow Amanda on Twitter HERE! Contact her to place your order and mention that you are a fan on Facebook or a follower on Twitter to get your discount and free shipping!

This offer is only valid through this particular seller, and not through their Web site. However, if you interested in finding out more about Moby Wraps, visit their Web site at www.mobywrap.com, then place your order through Amanda to get your discount. These are also a great gift idea!

I hardly ever see these discounted, so this is a really good deal. I love mine! Babies R Us has started selling them on their Web site (not sure if they're in stores, yet), but they mark the price up. Save money by visiting the Moby Wraps Facebook fan page, or follow Amanda on Twitter!


DEAL ALERT: 80% off at Restaurant.com (Ends 8/31/09)

Offer ends 8/31/09.

Attention Lexington Area Bargain Shoppers . . .

I just discovered that all Re-Kid locations in the Lexington area are having their end-of-season clearance sales! I picked up a ton of stuff last night for 99¢-$1.99 a piece, and a ton of great brands. These are thrift store prices! There are some toys/gear included, but it's mostly clothes—all sizes. I don't know how long the sale is going on, but I think they just started, so stop by!


Don't miss the "Great Trade-In Event" at Babies R Us + lots of savings!

Just got a new sale flyer in the mail from Babies R Us, and had to share the news—they're having a "Great Trade-In Event" August 28–September 20 (in-store only). According to the flyer, you'll get 20% off your new car seat, stroller, travel system, high chair, play yard (pack-n-play), bassinet, or crib (from participating brands) when you bring in any of these used items from any brand! The participating brands are: Babi Italia, Baby Cache, Bertini, Britax, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Graco, Jeep, Natures Purest by Summer Infant, Safety 1st, and Sorelle. The offer is only valid on the day of trade-in, and there is a limit of one coupon per guest.

The event is to recognize that September is National Baby Safety Month, and I think it's a great way to trade in your older equipment/gear and get a nice discount toward a newest piece! Our daughter was just born last year, so I'm bumming that we don't have anything older to trade in. So don't forget to take advantage of the opportunity—20% off is a great deal!

Plus, the flyer does not say that you can't combine the 20% off with another coupon—an additional 10% off car seats, 10% off all strollers or travel systems, 10% off all play yards or bassinets, 10% off all high chairs, 10% off any nursery furniture purchase of $299 or more! The flyer also includes a 15% off one baby item coupon. So . . . you could potentially save a lot of money!

Sure-Fire Garage Sale Hosting Success Tips

Summer is garage sale season. If you've ever hosted a garage/yard/rummage/estate sale you know that it involves sorting through closets, boxes, and storage for those things that you just don't use anymore and need to clear out. Most people either think of garage sales with fondness, or dread them and avoid them like the plague. I happen to love them! There's just nothing better than clearing out my "stuff", putting a price tag on it, chatting with customers and neighbors, and hopefully making a bit of money while enjoying the great outdoors. And for those who shop, hopefully they will find a bargain or two!

So, if you're also planning a garage sale, or are just frustrated by the lack of success you've had in the past, pay attention to these sure-fire, no-fail tips for a successful garage or yard sale.
  1. Market your stuff. Big, readable, attention-grabbing signs can make all the difference! Marketing, marketing, marketing! Spend the day or two before your sale and plot out key intersections around your neighborhood—and take in a wide radius. Focus on main thoroughfares and high-traffic areas. Make your signs big and readable—if people can't read them, they won't find your sale. Remember, less is more, so don't clutter your sign with a bunch of words. Make sure your directions are simple and clear. An arrow (pointing the right direction) at each key intersection should be enough. Many people don't surf the paper for garage sale ads, so this could be the only chance to market your sale. Use attention-grabbing phrases and words, such as "HUGE", "COMMUNITY SALE" (if there are several of you in your community having simultaneous sales), "TREASURES", "OPEN EARLY," and many others. Get creative! If it's not a windy day, balloons can always help. Include the days of your sale as well. And don't forget to spread the word through Craigslist, and all your social-networking sites! This is a must!
  2. Organize your stuff. If your local grocery store was organized like the typical garage sale, you would be a very frustrated shopper. Organize your stuff into "departments" (e.g. furniture, books, toys, glassware, kitchen, etc.).
  3. Stage your stuff. If you're selling furniture, stage it as a space so that people can imagine it in their own home. For example, if you're selling a dining table and chairs, dress it up with place mats and place settings, or put a rug under it, and a centerpiece on top. If you're not selling your dishes, be sure to put a sign on it that says something about that. People are more apt to take a second look if it looks like something that would fit in their home, and they don't have to put a lot of imagination into it.
  4. Clean your stuff. There's nothing that turns a buyer off more quickly than dirty stuff! If you're selling clothes, wash them first. If you're selling furniture, dust it! This may seem like a no-brainer, but so many people just chuck their stuff onto tables and figure the buyers will see through the dirt and grime, but that's just not true. Odds are, you'll still be stuck with your dirty stuff at the end of the day.
  5. Entice customers to see your stuff. Offer bottled water, if it's a hot day. Or have your hubby grill up free hot dogs. Serve free donuts and coffee in the morning. These simple little ways to cater to customers can keep people coming. If they come for free food or drinks, odds are they will stick around and see what you're selling, which could lead to a sale! You don't have to be extravagant—you do want to come out in the black at the end of the day. Just those simple kinds of touches will keep people coming.
  6. Haggle your stuff. Don't be afraid to haggle—your customers aren't. Remember, you're trying to make money and get rid of stuff here, so don't drive too hard of a bargain. Figure out what your bottom line is, and try to get a price that's near it. Your customers are coming ready to haggle, and they're trying to get a good deal. Don't sacrifice a sale just because you're being offered an unreasonable or unacceptable price, and for crying out loud . . . don't get offended if someone tries to low-ball you! It's a garage sale!! Haggling is all about going back and forth on the price, so don't get emotional over it. If you just feel like the customer is offering too low of a price and you're just not willing to go that low, then don't make the sale. But, remember that you might still be stuck with that item and no sale at the end of the day.
  7. Price your stuff. This is a piggy-back off the previous point, but don't charge an unreasonable amount for what you're selling. This is a garage sale, again—let's remember that. Whatever you get for your items is better than nothing at all. Yes, you want to get a good price, but you also want to price to sell. Make your prices reasonable! People don't go to garage sales to buy your 1980's Hawaiian print shirt for $5. No! They want that shirt for much, much less, and if you plan on selling that shirt you better not charge $5. Enough said.
  8. Set good hours to sell your stuff. An increasing amount of people are visiting garage sales before and after work, during the week and on Fridays. I've noticed this as a growing trend over the past few years. And a lot of people are opening their garage sales on Thursdays, too. If you want to take in the greatest amount of people at your sale, I would recommend early and later hours, so that you can hit the before and after work crowds. Open at 7:00 or 7:30 AM, and stay open until 6:00 or 6:30 PM. Sure, it's a long day, but if you make it a family affair, you can all share the load. Odds are you'll make more sales that way, anyway. There are a lot of people who schedule out their garage sale shopping days, and plan on starting early. They'll most likely hit your sale first, if you have early hours. The bottom line is that you'll have more visitors if your open early and late.
  9. Make it fun to sell your stuff. For your own sanity and in an effort to make your sale fun for yourself and your family, get creative and get the whole clan involved! I have some really fun memories of garage sales as I grew up. My parents always got us donuts or something fun for breakfast on the first morning. My mom let me set out a basket of my trinkets that I offered for a nickel a piece—she got me involved in the selling, and it made it exciting for me! It was fun to see how much I had earned at the end of the day! Break out the kiddy pool for the kids, make lemonade, etc. Make it fun for the whole family, and you'll make some good memories . . . and good sales.


High off consignment sales!

I just got back from a huge local children's consignment sale, and I'll admit it . . . I'm a bit high off the bargains I got! I wasn't shopping for any furniture or "big-ticket" items, but I did find a few things I've been wanting or needing, and I saved a TON of money! Woo-hoo! Granted, the sale started on Friday morning, and I didn't make it until Friday evening and Saturday morning. I'm sure a lot of the phenomenal bargains got snatched up right away. But, I still feel like I got pretty lucky!

Here's the breakdown:
  • grocery cart cover . . . $7
  • 1st LeapPad + 6 games . . . $12
  • 3 Dr. Suess books (incl. Cat in the Hat) . . . $2
  • Car seat rattles . . . $2
  • Snugli baby carrier . . . $5
  • 4 snack cups . . . $0.50
  • Car seat under-mat w/ pockets . . . $2.50
  • Brother Bear movie . . . $2
  • Car bottle warmer . . . $3
  • Fleece Hotsling . . . $5
  • 12M gray hoodie . . . $2.50
  • 4 18-24lb onies . . . $2.00
I work full-time, so I had to run up to the sale after work on Friday, then I hit it again this morning during their 1/2-off sale. Anything with a dot was 50% off! Most everything I purchased was 1/2-off! I think I paid under $50 for everything.

A good bargain always gets me pumped up, so I just had to share!


Welcome new advertiser . . . Destination Maternity!

I'm welcoming new advertiser Destination Maternity, which includes Motherhood Maternity & Nursingwear, as well as A Pea in the Pod, and others. This new relationship will bring you new coupons and discounts on the latest maternity wear and nursing fashions! Keep your eyes pealed on the site, for the newest offers.

Mothers Work, Inc.
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DEAL ALERT: 12 Free Stationery Cards from Shutterfly

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National Parks Fee-Free Weekends—Last one, Aug. 15-16, 2009

I just learned about this, and am kicking myself for not knowing about it sooner! According to a June 2, 2009 press release, "Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service will offer three fee-free weekends this summer to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit these national treasures." The weekends that have already past were June 20-21 and July 18-19, but the final one is still forthcoming. The last "Fee-Free Weekend" is August 15-16! Don't miss it! For more information, visit the Nation Park Service's "Fee-Free Weekend" Web site. Also according to the Web site, "to make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee free weekends with the their own special offers."


DEAL ALERT: Real Simple Magazine subscription for $5!

Just discovered this . . . a one-year subscription to Real Simple magazine for $5! Don't miss out!


DEAL ALERT: Free Paint from Glidden

I don't remember where I heard about this, but for a limited time Glidden is giving away a free quart of paint! No kidding! I just ordered a quart of "Deepest Aqua." Don't wait! Click HERE to get your free paint. Use it for a small project around the house, or use it to see if you like a certain color before starting a larger painting extravaganza.


DEAL ALERT: 1 Free Udder Cover!

Use the code "onefree" at UdderCovers.com and get one of their 100% cotton breastfeeding covers for FREE--you just pay shipping. I just ordered mine! Hurry, before they're all gone!


Bargain Shopping Book Reviews . . . Coming Soon!

Bargain shopping book reviews are coming soon. Here are the books I'm perusing right now:

I will also be giving books away with most of my reviews, so stay tuned!


"7 top baby costs and how to save"

Babies can be expensive! But, you can also save TONS of cash, if you know the right strategies and bargain shopping methods. Check out this April '09 article from BabyCenter.com: "7 Top baby costs, and how to save."

Latest Baby Bargain

I am particularly proud of my latest baby bargain! I had been in search of a Bumbo seat for my 5-month-old daughter. I didn't want to pay retail (hello!), so I started my search on good ol' Craigslist. After several days of watching for new listings, I found one! It was pink, and I would have preferred having a more neutral color, but the price was right . . . $25. So, I arranged to pick it up. When I arrived, the seller agreed to sell it to me for $20! 

I recently visited Once Upon a Child for the first time, and noticed that their used Bumbos were around $35, and brand new ones can cost over $40. So, I congratulated myself on another great bargain find!


The American Frugal Housewife

With the economy tanking, everyone is trying to since up their belts and live more economically. The "in" thing now is being frugal! Go figure. These financially tough times are forcing families to get creative and do a better job of watching where their money goes. 

I'd love to hear about the ways you're creatively stretching your dollars, these days! Share your ideas! I wanna know!

On that note, I found this great little piece from Joanne Heim--author, blogger, mom, and wife--about why she's deciding to live with more economy in her household this year. Check it out!


Bargain Book Reviews . . . Coming Soon!

As I've been brainstorming about some new content to add to Bargain Shopping Paradise, I was glancing over some of my favorite books about bargain shopping. Then it dawned on me--I really should be letting you in on some of these reading gems! So, beginning in the very near future, I'll be adding some book reviews to the site. 

I'll be reviewing books that really help you save money--books that let you in on the secrets behind great prices and how to maximize your hard-earned dollars! There are so many great books on bargain shopping, bargain travel, wedding bargains, baby bargains, etc., so I'll be giving you my opinion on which ones are worth your time, and which ones aren't!

So, keep your eyes open for book reviews coming soon!


Get cash back through Ebates!

So, my newest bargain shopping addiction is Ebates.com! For those of you who are not familiar with this site, according to their Website, "Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online Cash Back Shopping. The company was founded in 1998 by two Deputy District Attorneys in Silicon Valley who used to prosecute online fraud & identity theft before starting Ebates."

Basically, it works like this--you sign up, and visit Ebates to shop at your favorite stores--everything from books, to travel, to health/beauty, to clothes, to computers/electronics, and just about ANYTHING you've ever shopped for. When you shop through Ebates, they track your purchase and give you cash back. You can opt to either receive a check or have the money deposited directly to your PayPal account. For example, I recently shopped at Walmart.com, and ordered something through their Site-to-Store feature. I went to Ebates first, and after I paid for my order, I got cash back on my purchase! It's super easy, and who doesn't like getting even more money off their purchases?

It really is quite simple. But, how do they do it? Their Website answers, "Just like almost every other online shopping center, we get a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money--like almost all other sites do--we share it with you!"

I've recently EVEN gotten cash back on my Ebay.com purchases! I love it! Click HERE to sign up, now!


Getting out of debt

Here's a funny look at how to reduce your debt. Even though it's a tongue-in-cheek piece, it's still a good reminder. :o)


Maximizing your tax refund

If you haven't done your taxes yet (I haven't), I found some great advice from ABC's Good Morning America personal finance expert Mellody Hobson. She outlines Five Ways to Maximize Your Tax Refund, and gives tips on practices that might not work in your favor. Doing your taxes can be so intimidating, so it helps to know ways to get the most bang for your buck.

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Why I switched to cloth diapers and how much money I'm saving

After my daughter was born, and we started buying disposable diapers, I quickly realized how expensive diapering her was going to be. We were dropping $10-12 every week and a half. I know that's fairly average, but wow . . . that really adds up! Being the frugal bargain shopper that I am, I started trying to find coupons, shopped the sales, etc. But, I was still having a hard time with the fact that we were easily throwing away about $50 a month--literally THROWING IT AWAY! Ugh! Our money was literally getting pooped on and thrown into a landfill. Now, that's just not right. I'm not trying to make a political or philosophical statement, but we decided to look into other options.

Several friends of mine have recommended cloth diapers, and I've known several people who swear by it. So, my husband and I did a little research. The downside to cloth diapers is the up-front cost associated with them, but if you have the money on-hand the pros far outweigh this one con. And, if you buy pre-owned, you don't have to have as much cash on the front-side--you can save even MORE money. As we did our research, here are some Web sites that were helpful for us:
Don't be afraid to ask around, too. Odds are you know someone, or know someone who knows someone who uses cloth diapers. Get their opinions on what works best for them, and how they care for the diapers. As we were researching and thinking through things, I e-mailed a couple of my friends who use cloth, and got their input. They had a ton of valuable information to offer.

One thing I was curious about was how much effort it would take to clean and care for the diapers. The answer was quite surprising--not much, depending on the kind of diapers you choose to use. The basic cleaning procedure is:
  1. Cold rinse
  2. Hot wash with 1/4 to 1/2 your normal amount of detergent
  3. Additional rinse (cold water is fine)
  4. Dry--either in the dryer or under the sun
That's it! Surprising, huh? 

So, what did we decide to do? You've probably guessed by now (as if the posting title didn't give it away) that we decided to take the plunge and switch to cloth diapers, but we didn't want to invest in brand new diapers. Instead, we decided to buy pre-owned diapers, in order to save even more money. Most resources will tell you that you're most likely to spend about $2500 per child on disposable diapers, by the time they are potty-trained. Purchasing brand new cloth diapers can run from $200-1200, depending on the diapering system you choose adopt. Prefolds are the cheapest, but most complicated option. All-in-one diapers are by far the easiest, but most expensive option. Also, if you choose anything other than one-size-fits-all diapers, you will have to purchase additional sizes. We chose to go with the simplest option in one-sized, all-in-one diapers, so we wouldn't have to buy different sizes as our kids grow. We wanted a one-time purchase. 

I kept my eye on our local Craigslist to see if anyone was selling off their gently used cloth diapers. Oftentimes, people will try to resell their entire stock of cloth diapers, once they don't need them anymore, so taking advantage of this is a great way to save even more money. Sure enough, I found someone who was able to sell me 19 diapers--15 BumGenius pocket one-size, and 4 Thirsties AIO size small--and two wet bags for a total of $175. Most resources will tell you that you want 24-36 cloth diapers (2-3 days worth), so that you're not washing them every day. In order to round out our supply, I joined Diaper Swappers, and searched their forum for someone selling the same kind of diapers that I already had. I found someone selling 5 more of the same kind of BumGenius pocket one-size, and two additional one-size diapers. I paid $78 for all 7 diapers. 

The grand total? $253 for a 2-day supply! Now, that's much better than $2500, and we're not throwing our money in the trash.

We've been using them for a couple of weeks now, and I couldn't be happier! Our daughter doesn't know the difference, and she looks so dang cute. Plus, we haven't spent any money on cloth diapers. It doesn't take any effort to wash them, and because they don't have any chemicals in their makeup, we don't use or need diaper cream. It's been easier to make the switch than I ever thought it would, and we're so happy we did! 

If you're interested in looking for bargains on gently used cloth diapers, I recommend these sites:
If you're interested in saving some cash and going green, cloth diapering may be for you. If you don't have the cash up-front, save up little by little. You'll save a TON of money in the long run.

And the winner is . . .

Thanks for all the wonderful money saving advice you all shared on my "Question about saving money on diapers!" post. I really appreciate all your insights and sage wisdom. Being a first-time parent, the costs for all the "gear" and supplies can be a bit intimidating . . . even for this resourceful bargain shopper. Good news on the diaper front, though—we've switched to cloth diapers and MAN! have I saved some moolah! I'll share more on that in another post.
Now, as promised, I dropped all the commenters names in a basket and pulled one out. The winner of the Restaurant.com gift certificate is ~C! Congratulations!! I'll get in touch with you to find out what your zip code is, and then will send you your gift certificate. Thanks for your advice on the cloth diapers! Don't have the toilet sprayer yet, but will definitely be investing in that.

Keep commenting, guys, and sharing your awesome money-saving tips.


Secrets of Thrift Store Shopping

Don't know if you caught this morning's thrift store segment on Good Morning America, but it only added fuel to the bargain shopping fire! To read more about it, click HERE. Thrift stores hold countless bargains for the bargain hunter, and thrift store business is booming in the current economy. Many shoppers have assumptions about the quality of clothes found at thrift stores, but those assumptions are no longer valid. High fashion does not have to come with a high price tag.


Question about saving money on diapers!

Unfortunately, it's been quite a while since I've updated all you bargain shoppers on the happenings of the bargain world. I have a good excuse, I promise! My husband and I have actually relocated to a different state, and only a few days after we moved, I gave birth to our first child. So, I've been a little busy, and had to put bargain shopping on the back burner.

However, I'm slowly getting back in the saddle again, and now have a question to pose to those of you who are equally passionate about bargain shopping. Now that I'm a new mom, I'm looking for all sorts of ways to cut corners on those baby essentials: wipes, diapers, diaper cream, etc. So, help me out! What baby cost-cutting tips have worked for you? What should I know? What creative resources are other moms tapping into, in order to save a buck?

Oh, and don't think that I would just ask for input without offering anything in return! What kind of blogger would I be, if that were the case? :o) If you post a response, I will drop your name in a hat for a Restaurant.com gift certificate—since it is one of my favorite sites. All you have to do is post a response by Friday, February 6.

I can't wait to hear your ideas!

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