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Baby Coupons


Baby Coupons are something every mom and dad are constantly hunting for. Let this site be a resource for finding the best baby coupon deals on the net! One favorite idea is going online. Manufacturer’s and company websites in particular offer the good stuff.  Why not head straight to the source!  Are you looking for discounts and  baby coupons on things like baby formula, baby gear, shoes, strollers, baby carriers, toys on clearance, groceries, clothing, free baby portraits, Disney movies, Disney cruises, or dental care?  Then this site can help you.  *See also: “Baby Food Coupons” on this site.

It’s easy to find these sites too.  Read below and see some popular responses for baby coupons online.  If you use a certain product continuously, why not go to their site and see if they have any samples or special offers.  Some of the larger companies also offer scholarship funds for certain contests.  For example,

One of the best ways to compliment your baby coupons is the occasional cute baby photo contest or sweepstakes.  For example, there’s TheCuteKid.com, which offers great grand prizes of $25,000 for the cutest baby/kid photo (you can pretend your check is one giant coupon!)  And HuggiesHappyBaby.com hosts a monthly sweepstakes.  Currently, you can enter to win Free Diapers For A Year! How great would that be?

Some of the better coupon sites out there are Coupons.com, CouponMom.com, CouponBug.com, FamousCoupons.com, UPromiseEcoupons.com, and Print.Coupons.com.  They offer great baby coupons from makers like Pillsbury, General Mills, Kraft, Betty Crocker and more!  Coupons include General Mills cereal, Kraft cheese, Kraft kid snacks, Dannon, Ritz, Triscuit, Velveeta, Crystal Light, Johnson and Johnson, Burts Bees, Earth’s Best, Gerber, Enfamil and more!
One of the best baby coupon clipping sights out there might be Print.Coupons.com

Also be sure to check the Sales pages at your favorite online retailer.  Places like Target.com Weekly Ads Page, BabiesRUs.com, LeapFrog.com Clearance Page, BabyUniverse.com Clearance Page, BabyDirect.com, Fisher-Price.com, BabyGap.com, and TheChildrensPlace.com.   PotteryBarnKids.com is currently offering a beautiful Organic Tree Duvet Cover for $14.99 and plush suede baby boots for $8.99.  They also have other baby/kids decor on clearance too.  This is a place to pick up some great pieces for the babies room and save some money on the way.  There’s no reason why you can’t shop the online clearance isles of the trendier companies as well.  So when you’re looking for baby coupons, don’t forget the main goal is to save money, no matter how you do it.  If you can find baby items, baby furniture, and baby gear for 75% off retail, then you’re doing good!

Raising a baby can be expensive, but, with a little online savvy and some help from your friends, you can save bundles and even find some free baby stuff. Here’s how to save money on baby and find the best baby freebies on the web.

Baby Freebies Online. Just as having a baby can be an expensive proposition for you, it can be a profitable one for retailers and manufacturers. Many companies will give away things to expectant and new moms in the hopes of earning your business for a long time to come.   Here’s how to get free products, samples and coupons from the most trusted baby brands. You can typically find free samples and discount coupons by navigating your browser directly to a manufacturer’s website. To find these websites, do an online search for your favorite brands of formula, diapers, and baby foods.

You can also often get free trial subscriptions to leading parenting magazines. At the time of this writing, you can get a free 6-month subscription to American Baby magazine and a free 12-month subscription to Baby Talk magazine directly at the publications’ websites.

A word of caution about signing up for baby freebies, newsletters, and sweepstakes. Make sure you read the fine print, as well as a site’s privacy policy before you enter your name and email address on the company’s registration form. Each time you are signing up for something, you are probably being put on a mailing list. You may want to have a secondary email address that you use only on registration pages and, if the page asks you if you would like additional mailings from partners, opt out.

It’s a good idea, too, to check the URL of the freebie’s registration page before you fill it out, to make sure you are on the website of the manufacturer or publisher. Third party sites, especially sites devoted to providing freebies, may be in the business of collecting and selling your personal information.

Savings on Diapers and Formula. These are two items you will probably spend the most money on before your baby becomes a toddler. Breastfeeding is, of course, the cheapest way around buying infant formula, but it’s just not an option for everyone. Here are the best ways we have found to save.

Search Online. See if you can find products cheaper online. Do a search on froogle.com for bulk groceries or formula. This site, run by Google, allows you to comparison shop across lots of different sites with just one search. And check prices at Amazon Grocery, too, which will ship these products to you, just like any other Amazon purchase. Shipping is often free for orders of $25 or more.

Join the Club. Ask at the customer service desk of your local grocery store to see if they have any kind of Baby Savings Club. Some of the leading grocer chains offer additional savings for these types of purchases.

Discount Baby Furniture and Gear. When it comes to baby furniture and baby gear, you can save a lot simply by knowing where to look.

Let Your Friends Know What You Need. The best way to get free baby stuff is to ask your friends and family for anything they might be hanging onto that they don’t need anymore. Even your friends whose kids are a bit older may still have some items in the attic.

Have a Baby Shower. You’ve probably bought several baby gifts for your friends and family by now, and now it’s your turn!  This is your big “pay back” moment.  Baby showers are a great way to get exactly what you need for the new baby. Even better, your guests can share more ways on how you might be able to save money on baby items in your particular area.

Join Moms Groups.
Join parenting groups both in your local area and online. These are fantastic resources for free information and a daily or weekly dose of sanity. Plus, once you get to know other moms in your area, you can swap secondhand baby clothes.

Join a Freecycling Network. Freecycling.com allows you to give away things you don’t need while taking things you do. Do a Google search to find a Freecycle Network in your area, or visit Freecycle.org and browse the groups or enter your town into the search box. Once you find a local freecycling group, you can usually post your own needs and you find a lot of good things, completely free.

Shop for used items. Local consignment stores, thrift stores, and garage sales are a great place to find gently used baby furniture or gear. Check the newspaper for this weekend’s garage sales or monitor an online garage sale announcement service. Go to Yahoo Groups and enter your city and “Garage Sale.”

A note about buying baby items secondhand: If you buy used toys or baby gear, make sure they still have safety labels attached. Also, it’s a good idea to always buy a new car seat for your child. You don’t want to take a risk by getting a secondhand car seat that may have been in an accident.

Simplify. The most important thing for our family when our kids were small was to consider carefully what it was we really needed.  Think about it.  When we were excited about having our first child, we felt like we wanted one of everything. But we found that some gear was not necessary at all, and some of it just got in the way.

The simple approach is sometimes the best, so take a little time with each buying decision.  Do you really need it?  If there is a piece of furniture or a baby item that you feel you really need, see if you can get it gently used. It’s better on the pocketbook and the environment.

It’s also tempting to invest in things the baby will need when he or she has grown older. You can save money by waiting until your baby actually needs a bigger, better stroller, for example, to see both what you can afford and what kind of features are truly the most important to you at the time. It helps me to look at it this way: When you save money by not buying things you really don’t need, you’ll have more money to put aside for your child’s future or those important things you DO need.

With babies, as with life, the simple approach is often the best.  It’s o.k. to live a life filled with less.  By being less of a consumer overall allows you to not only enjoy the money you’ll be saving, but it also gives you the gift of simplicity.  Your kids don’t need that 2nd Gameboy and that 50th DVD.  They need food, shelter, and love.  Love is free, right?

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Discount Baby Products


Discount baby products are everywhere!  Whether you find them online or in person after you’ve made a bee line to the clearance sections, great deals are everywhere.  Most baby product manufacturers now offer discounts and special offers directly on their website.  For example, if you’re looking for a Baby Bjorn carrier and you don’t want to pay retail, you may want to look into sites like KidSurplus.comAmazon.com and Ebay.com. Craigslist.com offers gently used items directly from the seller.  If you haven’t heard of Craigslist.com, it’s time to get out from under your rock and go see.  This is a great spot for finding gently used or sometimes brand new kid and baby items that are local to your area and easy to check out in person before you buy.  Be prepared to negotiate with the Craigslist seller.  This is part of the culture now on Craigslist and it’s not considered rude to try to get the price down.  The worst they can say is, “no,” right?

Favorite Pick:  Kidsurplus.com definitely has some great deals.  Their homepage has a “Clearance” page advertised in big fat letters!  They offer everything baby for 30-80% off.

Favorite Pick:  NetKidsWear.com is the place to go if you’re looking for unique things for kids and baby.  It’s got it all: strollers, baby products, monitors, cribs, baby decor, outdoor play stuff, toddler bikes, toys, more toys, and even kiddy Tee Pee Tents! They have one that is solid fabric, so it could even be a fun painting project for the kids.

One of the site’s features is a Really Cool Pop-Up Play Tents on sale for $65.  All kids love these!  It’s the perfect place to stash the toys and play hide and seek from mom.  This is a mush have in the play area.  Parents like them too because they easily fold up and can be stashed under the sofa or in the closet.  Other great finds at NetKidsWear.com is their incredible selection of Baby and Kid Bikes.  One that really stands out is the Limited Edition Chrome Kids Race Car Pedal Car. It’s on sale from $625, marked down to $479.   Hey, a discount is a discount, right?

Looking for the FREE stuff?  Sometimes people offer baby items for FREE on Craigslist and other sites.  For example, you may score an old crib that just needs a paint job, a bag of perfectly good baby clothes, baby monitor, baby music, kid movies on VHS (remember VHS?), or an old bike that’s just asking for some training wheels.

When you go to Craigslist.com, search in your area under the Kids/Baby tab and the “Free Stuff” and “For Trade” sections too.  You might be surprised what you find.  More and more in this day, people are opting to give their old stuff away rather than toss it in a landfill.  Plus, some people simply and genuinely want to see their precious baby things go to good homes.

Here’s another good one, check out Freepeats.org.  For a one time $4.95 membership fee, you can offer your free items on Freepeats.org for someone else to come pick up and also use the site to find free stuff that others are willing to give.  Everything is free and it’s local.  $4.95 for unlimited free opportunities sounds like a pretty good deal for cheap baby items.  $4.95 sound like paying too much?  You can find the FREE version at Freecycle.com.  This is basically the same service site but without the membership fee.  I don’t know about you, but for $4.95 I think it’s worth taking a peek.

Another place for discount baby products is in the sale or clearance sections of your local grocer, drug store, or retailer.  You never know what kind of discounts you’ll find for all sorts of baby prodcts.  Be aware of what you’re buying though.  Try not to get carried away in the world of clearance items.  Ask yourself if that baby item will really get used or if you’re just going to buy it because it’s cheap.  Don’t do it!  Beware of how easily your shopping cart can get overtaken by a bunch of stuff you don’t need.  This deflects the purpose of buying discount baby products from sales racks in the first place.  Instead, stick to a budget, stick to what’s on your list of “needs” and check out!

Savings Tip:
A savings trick that experienced moms do all the time is buy bigger sizes according to what’s on clearance.  If winter time is on its way and the retailer has an entire clearance section full of summer clothes, why not buy bigger sizes for your child’s next summer season?  This is the perfect strategy especially if you have more than one child to shop for.  Huge savings will add up soon with this little tactic.  Oh, and don’t forget the shoes!  It’s all about the shoes!

When you’re specifically searching for baby gear and looking for discounts, helpful sites are those that are linked partners with major companies like Cosco.  When you’re shopping at sights like YahooShopping.com, they often link you to the end shopping retailers discount sites.  A good one for discount baby strollers is Stroller Superstore where you can find great deals like a Deluxe Disney Stroller with Shade for $37.  This stroller site has it all.  Do you need a replacement shade or storage accessory for your stroller?  They have that!

Online shopping is not only convenient, especially when you have a baby or multiple kids in tow, but it’s a great way to find discount deals!  When shopping at your favorite online retailer, your first click should be on the “Sales” and “Special Offers” tab.  If you’re shopping for a baby product in particular, do your research before making that final purchase.  If you can’t find it on Craigslist or one of the online giants like Amazon.com, Buy.com, or Ebay.com, then you go to online retailers – and click directly on that “Clearance Sale” tab!

See also “Baby Coupons” and “Free Baby Samples”

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Discount Baby Clothes


Saving money on baby clothes is something most parents are interested in doing. The question is: where are you going to shop for clothes that are more affordable than the norm? This is not always an easy question to answer; especially if you are a parent for the first time.  Of course, you will learn as you go along. And once you have a better idea of where to shop and how to save you will be well on your way to keeping more money in your pocket for years to come.

Shop at second hand and thrift stores.  Second hand shops are a great place to pick up baby and kids clothing.  It’s no great surprise that babies grow so fast that they often only where a few outfits before they don’t fit them anymore.  If you go to your local Goodwill or Savers thrift store, you’ll find baby items on the rack with the tags still on them.  It’s a shame, but it’s your gain.  How about consignment shops? Both of these options are perfect if you are in the market for cheap baby clothes. While you may be purchasing second hand items, most of what you find will be in good shape and likely only warn a few times before the child outgrew them. When you compare prices from a second hand store to a regular retail outlet it is easy to see just how much money you can save.  You can find great deals in thrift stores.

What about outlet stores? Many big cities have outlet malls full of stores selling off items for less than retail. If you have an outlet mall in your area you should definitely take a closer look to see how much you can save on clothes for your baby. You may be surprised to learn that you can buy name brand clothing at a second hand price.  This is especially a good place to shop if you have twins or multiples and you’re looking for similar outfits or the same item but in different colors, ect.  Don’t forget your coupons.   Before you stop and shop at any large retailer who might have an outlet mall store, see if you can’t find a discount coupon online first.  Outlet mall places like KB Toys, The Childrens Place, Baby Gap, The Limited Too all have been known to have discount coupons in their websites and online coupon directories.  I would recommend looking at Print.Coupons.com (click on Coupons, Inc )

Online shopping is not for everyone. While shopping online is a great way to save money on baby clothes this does not work for every consumer.  Some people like to shop in person where you can feel the clothes and experience the fabrics before you buy.  If you would rather shop locally and avoid the internet, use your local phone directory to find thrift stores.  Search for second hand stores, kids consignment shops, and outlet malls with baby stores.  All it takes is some time to get out and actually go in some of the kids clothing stores to become more familiar with them and see what kind of deals they have.  Go out and explore!  See who’s got the best clearance racks in your town.  Soon enough, you will find a few stores that allow you to get the clothes you need at price you can afford.  Remember, just because you have a baby to care for does not mean that you have to give up your frugal lifestyle.  It just means that you have to be a bit more creative.

Get hand-me-downs from other parents. Chances are pretty good you have friends with babies too.  If they have older toddlers, that’s even better!  Offer to take their old baby items and clothes in exchange for something they need or want.  Offer free baby-sitting time or maybe some help with their yardwork.  I have known several families that have worked out a clothing exchange between three different families.  They all swap things on a regular basis and it costs them nothing!  If you don’t have friends with older babies or toddlers, don’t worry.  You might be able to find parent groups, even single parent groups that are looking for the same kind of kid connection you are.  Lots of families of all sizes and situations are looking to save some money with the little ones.  Make an effort to get out and do things so you have a chance to meet other parents.  Friends are always good… especially when it comes to parenting and trying to raise kids on a budget.

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Buy Baby Clothes Online To Save Serious Money


Are you a frugal shopper? If so, and you have a baby, you know how difficult it can be to save money on clothes when you want your baby to have all the nice things and look good.  Lets all admit that it’s hard to resist those cute little denim Levi’s and those cute little Michael Jordan shoes (that cost $100 – for baby shoes! – that they won’t even walk in!)  O.K.  Luckily, there are ways to shop for nice, brand name baby clothes that will allow you to save money.  Most notably and reliable for discounts, you can rely on the internet. Ten years ago this was not an option, but in today’s day and age more parents than ever before are shopping for and buying baby clothes online.

Go Amazon! Amazon.com is a favorite hot spot for baby and kids clothes.  I’ve seen brand new baby clothing on sale for as little as .99 cents and used baby books for .22 cents!  They feature clothing products from all sorts of retail vendors and offer you huge savings!  Amazon.com is a favorite because they make your online search easy.  You can view your search results by brand name, category, and price. At sites like Amazon.com, you can find great deals like brand name baby shoes, pants, shirts, and jackets for a lot less than you would pay in any store.  Try searching by brand. Baby clothing retailers, like The Children’s Place, frequently hold online sales on Amazon.com just like they would any other store.  Right now, they have a big Spring Sale going on, offering an additional 40% off of spring items.  Now that’s a deal!  Click here for The Children’s Place 40% Off Spring Sale on Amazon.com

Want discounts on toddler shoes?  Do you know about Endless.com? Endless.com is a new discount site by Amazon.com for shoes and bags.  ..I’m thinking discounts on baby and toddler shoes!  After reviewing this site, it’s clear that this is a good place to go for quality shoes at discounted prices.  They offer FREE shipping and FREE return shipping, with a 365 day return policy. That just says, “good customer service,” all over the place.  Some great buys on Endless.com would be their snuggly snow and rain boots by Baffin.  One pair left for $17.  It looks like Endless.com has a high inventory turn-around, so they sometimes only have one or two pairs left of each product listed.  This is just another great site by Amazon.  Saving money on discount baby clothes has never been easier.

Have you heard of Ebay? Ebay is a great way to find baby clothes on the cheap, cheap, cheap!  To go along with this, it can be a lot of fun to bid on clothes and wait and see what happens.  Who knows, you may be able to get what you need for cheaper than you ever thought possible.  Many parents find that this form of shopping is not only a great way to save, but that it also results in tons of fun entertainment too!

Of course, there are many traditional e-stores that sell baby clothes on Ebay as well.  Over the years, it’s become a place to go when you need…  well, anything.  Search around before you decide to bid on one item or shop only one store. This will give you the chance to see what’s available, what each store offers, and just how much you can save.  Keep in mind though, with places like Ebay, you have to be cautious of online scammers and other challenges when buying from individuals you don’t know. But on the other hand, that’s where some of the really great buys come from, is from individuals cleaning out their baby stuff!

Craigslist, baby! A local sale site like Craigslist.com is different because… well, it’s local.  Take your pick.  Do you want to bid on your baby clothes, wait, and then pay for shipping?  Or do you want to find some deals local, swing right over, pick up, and pay today?  That’s pretty much how Craigslist works.  Simple, and some parents like that.  Craigslist has pretty much changed how we swap out the old for the new and find great deals on the way.  If you’re having a yard sale, it’s on Craigslist first.

Saving money online What’s your motivation? No matter how you choose to get your discounted baby clothes and stuff, you’re going to find some great deals out there. You may have to wait a couple days for shipping, but it’s well worth it to know that you didn’t pay retail for one thing!  Just think what your savings may end up funding instead…  the kid’s swimming lessons, piano lessons, camp, or maybe even a Disney trip!  Take a minute to think of things that your savings will go towards in order to keep you motivated to keep living frugal!

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