Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Money Saving Tips from a Frugal (Cheap) Mama



I'm frugal (some would say cheap- "Cheap Mama Chick" ;) but, I love for my kids to have quality, lasting items including their toys, shoes and clothing. I also keep in mind the great resale values of buying  those items. I thought it would be fun to share a few quick tips for finding some of these items at more affordable prices.

-"Daily Deal" Sites

The online world is booming with "daily deal" type sites (examples Eversave, Plum District, ). These sites usually sell "vouchers" worth a certain amount for 50% off (for example $20 for $40 worth of stylish baby and toddler products at ODIZ Baby Supply through Eversave today.  If it's a store I know carries an item we use, I usually buy it, if it's a store that carries organic snacks we eat, I buy it (places that carry organic food like EcoMom and Abe's Market show up quite often). For example, currently we're seeing an awesome 50% off deal ($15 for $30) To Spend at Yes To (skin care products) through Plum District.

-"Flash Sale" Sites

Another big one- "Flash sale" sites including places like MyHabit (Amazon's flash site)TotsyZulily and Gilt just to name a few. These sites cater towards babies, kids, name brand items. You can find practically any of your favorite brands at one time or another from these sites. Brands like Skip Hop, Zutano, Haba, Melissa & Doug, Calvin Klein, Aden & Anias at 30% off or more (don't forget resale, resale, resale!). Stalk these sites! My advice for sites like these is to shop ahead, often times the shipping time is longer normal, but usually worth the wait!

- Amazon

I try and shop "local" whenever possible and support the shops in my community but when that's not possible....those who follow my site know how I heart Amazon! I'm not a fan of going to the mall, I hate lines, I love having the big brown truck drop of my purchases at my doorstep- easy, peasy (and saving gas always helps, too!)!

My biggest tips for Amazon check their daily lists- the "Mover's & Shaker's" list is one of my favs. They list the top sellers for the last 24 hours, most often these items have great prices drops- which is the reason they are top sellers!

Amazon's Warehouse and Organic food sections can be gold mines for a great food deals.

Amazon also has some other hidden gems such as free Kindle books for children (see the current
Kindle freebies here), these are new daily and you can build quite a library for free (you can download them to your PC, tablet or phone- you don't even need a Kindle!).


-Craigslist.org

Many (if not most) of our toys have come from Craigslist. A quick search every few days can score you tons of good deals. I simply search "wooden toys", "Plan toys", "Melissa & Doug"- you get the idea. I do realize in smaller markets this is more difficult. I've even gone so far as to search a few key items we were looking for (wooden play kitchen, large ride on toys, bikes) in larger cities we plan on visiting in the near future, you never know some items might even constitute a fun road trip!

-Facebook & Twitter

Follow your favorite brands on Facebook and/or Twitter, brands like Babylegs (new deal every Friday), Magic Cabin (natural type toys) and Vitacost which carries Seventh Generation and many baby food brands (they're offering a free $10 off $30 on your first purchase right now). Many times they post their deals on Facebook or Twitter first!

Follow "deal bloggers" on Facebook & Twitter -my favorite CheapMamaChick (wink, wink)- there are many others as well!

 

 

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