While I was super sick in the fall and early winter, I decided not to coupon. I just didn’t have time or energy. That’s what is nice about having a stockpile of necessities – we only had to buy one or two necessities during those months without coupons!
Now I’m back in action, rebuilding our stockpile before Baby Deuce arrives. I know I won’t have time for couponing during her first few months! I’ve just been back in action for a week, and I’ve already snagged a couple fantastic deals.
After accounting for my $5 gift card to use for a future purchase, Target actually paid me a few cents for these toothbrushes this week!
We also stocked up on Hubster’s deodorant and snagged four Old Spice brand deodorants for $1.75 each.
And…it’s always worth checking the baby clearance section, because I found these three pairs of Cherokee jeans for Baby Deuce to grow into for just $3 each! That’s cheaper than I can buy them on consignment. Woohoo!
I’ve been doing a lot of shopping in thrift and new-to-you stores as well as every clearance section I can think of while I try to assemble C’s fall and winter wardrobe. I scored big time at Once Upon A Child, a chain resale store for kids’ items, and had to share some pics with you! I spent $65 and got all of these things for C:
18-month jacket and sweaters
24-month sweaters, shirts, jeans, sweatshirt and pajamas
I’m a little late to the game, but now that rummage sale season is almost over I realized that I need a fall/winter wardrobe for C. I’ve been perusing Craigslist a lot and have been seeing some things that confuzzle me. Yes, confuzzle. ;)
First of all, what is with people having indoor sales in their basements now? No, I do not want to come over and dig through bins of baby clothes in your basement while you murder me with an ice pick.
Second, when did people start having pre-sales before their rummage sales? I didn’t think I needed to call and set up a time to look over your stuff the day before your actual garage sale. Ridiculous.
One final note – if your pictures turn out blurry or there’s a big finger in front of the clothes because you don’t know how to take a picture, please for the love just retake the picture. I’m not going to buy clothes from you if I can’t see what I’m getting.
Have you had luck finding baby/toddler clothes at rummage sales?
I noticed on Facebook last night that there was going to be a kids consignment sale at our local event center this weekend. We decided to check it out and I’m so glad that we did! We found a crib mattress for C for only $25! Once we move, we’re going to have him sleep in a crib instead of the pack ‘n’ play. Now we don’t need to pay retail for a mattress! I also found some sleepers for him, all under $3, a $3 board book and a $5 Melissa & Doug puzzle.
You can Google “kids consignment sales” to find a local one. Now I know what we’ll do when it comes time to sell C’s (and any future siblings’) baby clothes. Woot!
The midwest is experiencing an unseasonably warm spring (as in, temperatures 30 degrees higher than normal), and I realized that all of the shorts I have for C are a size too big. ARGH. Um, weather, didn’t you know that I don’t want to spend money buying C more clothes that he’ll only wear for a short period of time??!!
Enter the consignment shop. I bought C two pairs of shorts, one sleeper, and one two-piece set of pajamas for $16. SIXTEEN DOLLARS. Ok, seriously – how did I not find out about this sooner?! Our local baby consignment shop has onesies for $1.50 (or 10 for $10!), sleepers for $4.50, shorts for as low as $2.50, etc. And they’re mostly name-brand items! Unless there’s a specific item I want or a huge sale at my favorite name-brand store, I have found my new go-to place for anything that C needs.
People, you have to check this out. It’s awesome sauce. :)
I never used to be a crier. Only something really moving (like “The Notebook”) would get the tears rolling. That was before I had C. Now I cry over a lot of stuff. C laughing so hard that he gives me happy tears, C’s sad little face while he’s crying, any episode of Parenthood…
Motherhood totally turned me into a softy.
I had to pack away some of C’s clothes yesterday and my heart was breaking as I remembered him wearing each item. His first coat (it was so big on him!), his bumble bee Halloween costume, all of those fuzzy little fleece sleepers. *sniffle* Why do babies grow so quickly? It’s not fair! I want to snuggle with my little baby for a while longer!
I just dressed Caleb in his first 9-month sleeper. He’s too tall for his 6-month sleepers now. *sniffle* It’s so sad to pack away my favorite clothes of his. I can’t believe he’s already in 9-month sleepers. Can’t. Believe. It.
C would like to thank all of his wonderful family and friends. His mama went through his 9-month wardrobe today and is starting the process of washing it. She was quite surprised by his extensive 9-month and 12-month clothing selection. Shocked might be a more appropriate word.
C just smiled and squealed, not at all surprised by the generosity of his loved ones.
I feel like C’s at a stage where I’m buying a bunch of stuff for him again. Today, I had to buy a snowsuit (which I got a great deal on – thanks TJ Maxx!) and several 9- and 12-month pajamas (it’s only a matter of time before he’s too tall for those 6-month ones!), ordered a food processor/steamer on Amazon for making his baby food, and purchased a Halloween costume. Okay, so I didn’t NEED to purchase a Halloween costume for him, but he’s going to be so cute in that bumble bee outfit! :)
I’ll need to find a hat and mittens for him, as well as some shoes that I can slip on him when it’s cold out. His feet are already too big for my favorite little shoes that I had bought him at Old Navy before he was born. Any tips on great places to buy infant hats/mittens?
C’s growing so quickly! The past couple of days he’s been laughing and babbling in his car seat when we’re out on errands. We have no idea what he’s laughing about in the backseat. He loves to squeal and laugh. I think he enjoys hearing his voice. It’s pretty hilarious. The older he gets, the more fun he is!
Earlier this week, I posted about how C has been growing like a weed. I really thought I could still get two more weeks out of the bigger sleepers and onesies. No such luck!
I reluctantly packed away all of C’s 3-month onesies and sleepers, along with his newborn and 0-3 month clothes. It’s so sad to look at those adorable little outfits and fold them up one last time before putting them in a storage bin. My little boy is getting big!
Hubster and I measured him tonight. Who knows if they’ll take the time to stretch out his legs at the doctor’s office next week, but by our measurements C is 26 inches long! That’s the limit of his infant carseat! I’m glad that I brought back our convertible carseat when I visited my parents this month (they kindly store things for us when we don’t have space!).
On another note, the 6-month sleepers are SO wide on C. It looks kind of funny. He is such a skinny baby. In fact, we noticed today that C has rock hard abs from all of his kicking and squirming. I’ve never seen a baby that doesn’t have a soft, pudgy belly! Silly kid.
I put a 6-month onesie on C for the first time today – and the length fits perfectly! I’ve noticed that the Carter’s onesies are made for tall and skinny babies, so they have been perfect for C. All of the other 3-6 month onesies are SO wide on him.
C’s outfit today consists of a 6-month onesie and 0-3 month pants! I think he’s going to be the tall, lanky kid in school.
I can’t believe that I’m already taking the tags off of C’s 3-month-size clothing and preparing to wash them. That time went so quickly! While he has already been out of his newborn-size clothing for a couple of weeks, it is strange to me that he’ll be turning 2 months old very soon and fitting into 3-month clothes. My little boy is growing up so quickly!
He’s so long and skinny, though, that all of these clothes are very baggy on him. Even several of the 0-3 month sizes that he’s been wearing are quite baggy in the middle – but his arms, legs and feet are too big/long for some of them! Silly boy.
I told Hubster that I hope we’ll have another boy someday. It seems like these adorable clothes are only worn for a short period of time. I want to get more use out of them