Save Money on Baby Stuff – and other stuff too!

Ok, so I’m not sure if you’re finding it odd that I have a section on my site (how to help babies sleep) that talks about ways to save money.  I know it’s not completely related, but I think it’s crazy how many things are needed for such a little person.  Sure, baby showers help but I’ve found there’s always something to buy for a baby, toddler, child… new stuff is needed at every stage! 

Babies outgrow clothes, toys, books, beds, etc.  Not to mention the every day items needed like diapers, wipes, shampoo, creams, etc. along with all the cool new things that seem to come out that are so enticing! 

Have twins or a second/third child?  Costs increase with each new baby you have even though some of it can be reused.  In all, buying things for your baby can cost a small fortune! 

So, as I thought about ways that I can help other parents… I realized that I try, as much as possible, to save money on baby stuff.  After all, every little bit helps!  I thought that you might have an interest in it as well.  Take a look below at the sites that I use and see if you think you can benefit from them as well.

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Websites I personally use and recommend:

I use these sites to save money on baby items as well as all my other purchases.  Note that all of these sites are FREE to use or try.

 

Earn Cash Back:

Here are ways to earn cash back on items that you are going to purchase anyway… so why not get a kick back?  The programs vary slightly but there are a ton of online stores included.  Click the links below to learn more about each program.

  •  Mr. Rebates – Cash back for items purchased online.  I’ve been using them for several years now and it’s a great company. They have over 30 categories of stores that they partner with.

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  • Ebates – Cash back for items purchased online.  I’ve been using them for a few years now in conjunction with Mr Rebates because I’ve found some deals are better on one site than another.  It pays to compare.  They have 13 categories and a total of 1,700 stores that they partner with.

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  • Discover Credit Card – Cash back for items purchased online or in person.  I’ve received over $900 from them in the last 2 years.  They have 22 categories and a total of 300 in-store and online stores advertised as well as regular promotions offering up to 5% cash back.  There is no annual fee with this credit card.

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  • MainStreetSHARES – Cash back for items purchased online.  I’m new to this program but am intrigued by it.  You not only earn the normal cash back for your purchase but you also earn a percent of company revenue for the month based on the amount you spent.  MainStreetSHARES earns money by having you shop through them, but also through advertising and they share that revenue with it’s members.  Also, if the company is acquired in the future, you get a piece of that pie also.

There’s another great perk that I discuss in this post if you sign up before July 31, 2015.

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Coupons/Discounts:

Here are ways to help you pay less for items that you purchase – either online or in person.

  • RetailMeNot – Site that gives you coupons and deals for shopping, which can be used in the store or online. They have more than 600,000 coupons and offers for 70,000 retailers

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  • Amazon Mom – Offers discounted diapers, free 2-day shipping, access to Prime movies and TV shows and other great perks (Free 30 day trial, then requires a paid membership)

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  • Coupon MomAccess to 1000+ printable grocery store coupons each month.

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  • SlickDeals – Forum where other users share deals, where to get the cheapest prices, and coupons.  You can browse forums or create a login to participate in discussions and post deals you find.

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Secondhand Designer Clothing

  • ThredUp – This store offers designer clothing for a fraction of the cost and it looks brand new.  Seriously!  They have a very strict policy on which items they accept and resell.

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Look for a Way to Make Money?

Sure saving money is nice, but are you also looking for a way to make money?  If you’d like to start your own blog and make some money while doing so, check out my Mommy Blogging post.  Note that this is not a make it rich scheme.  Blogging takes a lot of work but it can also be a lot of fun.  I discuss how I started blogging, for free.

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Share your experiences

Have you benefited from one of these great sites or do you have another site you use for deals that you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment below and feel free to pin this site on your Pinterest board to share with others.  Thanks!

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