The Carman Clan

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Bargain shopping for Baby C

Most people know we are frugal people. We rarely buy new furniture and if we do we look for a good sale. The only thing we have bought brand new that was $$ is our new couch and chair, a wedding present to ourselves (well thanks to our guests), our previous couch came from Craigslist, and the dogs made it nasty. And no the dogs are not allowed on the new furniture.

Being the frugal and economical person that I am I have started shopping early for Baby Boy C. This summer not long after finding out I was pregnant I saw a post on a Babycenter board about an amazing sale at Britaxusa.com on a carseat and stroller that the pattern was being discontinued. I worried that it would sell out and we snapped it up. For $199.98 we got the Britax Chaperone carseat and stroller. Normally the carseat is $199 on their site and $226 at Babies R Us’ and the stroller is $199! Maybe I felt we were having a boy, but we felt the pattern was gender neutral.

A few weeks later, after telling the family that I was pregnant, I found a great sale on a crib on Babies R Us. With the new federal regulations I didn’t feel comfortable with getting the crib from my sister-in-law or buying one used. Actually, for now the local resale shops have stopped carrying them, since they aren’t allowed legally.

Thanks to my wonderful Mom we are the recipients of the Davinci Kalani Crib in Honey Oak and a mattress for a grand total of $366 (includes shipping). Considering the crib is traditionally $399 we loved the deal. Plus the crib matches the dresser pretty close we plan to use, which was in my brother and my nursery and I have used ever since.

PS it is still on sale!

I have been fortunate enough to buy maternity clothes on sale and get a big bag from a coworker of my wonderful Mother In Law, and then a few dresses from Ed’s cousin Diane (thanks Diane).

This week I ventured to one of the local consignment shops to see what they had. I was amazed and overwhelmed. They had so many racks of little boys clothing, and maternity stuff. I walked out with a dress for me and all of this for Baby Boy for only $44!

Great selection, and I discovered if it has a blue mark it was only $.50, lesson learned ask when I first go in, I probably would have bought more.

Yesterday the shop where I bought the yellow sleeper a few weeks ago posted a sale on Facebook that all Green tags were $.50! I printed out my $5 off $35 coupon and drove over. The 30 minute drive was worth the haul. For $16 I for all of this!

I bought a few things that weren’t $.50 and got 10% off those because of a coupon.  I plan to go back next weekend for the stuff the bag event, $10 plus tax and you fill a grocery bag. I hope to find lots for Baby Boy C!

The best part about consignment shopping is the ability to buy expensive name brands for cheap. The overalls about and a few pairs of shorts, are from The Children’s Place!

I actually am struggling to figure out what to buy, since the weather in Florida is so unpredictable and he is due in february. I am buying some pants and jackets in 0-3 and 6-9 but then trying to grab lots of stuff that can just be layered.

I love shopping for our little man, and my wallet is glad he is not a she, or I would probably have bought a lot more by now, but I am more picky for him. If it doesn’t look like something Ed would wear, I don’t buy it for my little man!

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