Ok, time to take a little bit of a break from the cooking and visit my other addiction, shopping!
Since I’ve had a baby I discovered how ridiculously expensive everything can be and how very fast all the little things add up ,so I have spent a bit of time researching how to get some bargains on the most sought after baby and mama gear.
This bargain hunting was initially brought about when I was introduced to a website called Baby Steals on a Facebook mama group that I’m part of and I thought to myself that there must be some competition out there, and there was. Below are the bargain websites that I have compiled for you with the links and I have listed some their highlights. To get the best deals, you have to check everyday as the products they carry are usually sold on a first come first serve basis. My suggestion would be just to bookmark them and take a quick gander each day with your morning coffee….if you actually are granted that moment ;). Also, for all my Canadian friends, these particular sites I have listed do ship to Canada.
1. Baby Steals www.babysteals.com
- 2 deals a day at 9am & 9pm MDT
- Both baby and maternity products
- 40%-80% off till sold out
- Great brand names – Ergobaby, Babylegs and Mooshu just to name a few
- Deals at 9am CST Mon-Fri
- Have products for parents, babies and children up to the age of 5
- Use eco-conscious vendors and offer a minimum of 40% off
- Have a points rewards system “My Rewards” for every dollar you spend
- Have 2-10 deals a day – within a 24 hour period
- It is on a first come, first serve basis, so this site requires a more frequent check throughout the day
- 40%-80% off baby and maternity products
- Deal every day at 9am EST, first come first serve
- Offers eco-friendly and organic products which are always at least 40% off
- Make sure to check their blog as they have a lot of contests and giveaways
- 1 Deal a day at 50% off or more
- Products that don’t sell out that day get put into the archives, which you can browse and buy from
- Products for babies, parents and children 10 & under
The other day I was watching a marathon of ‘Til Debt Do Us Part’, and I absolutely love Gail Vaz-Oxlade. Admittedly, when I usually watch the show I pick up on all the flubs that I take on my own finances but it doesn’t quite get through my thick head to make the changes that she suggests, but occasionally some advice slips through and is implemented in my day to day. On one of the episodes the other day, there was a couple that was spending far too much on groceries per month. They were a fit couple that liked to eat organic, quality food. Gail suggested to them that they look into an organic grocery delivery service and that it would save them money. I thought that was absurd, how could your groceries being delivered to you save you money? My curiousity was peaked though, so I looked into what services were offered in the Lower Mainland and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.
There were a few service to choose from, but I ended up going with spud.ca (SPUD = Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery). I received my first grocery order this week, and I will definitely be continuing on with this service. As far as organic produce, meat and dairy, my local grocery store is limited and what they do have they mark up significantly. I found this not to be case with Spud and just because I love lists, I am going to list the advantages that I feel come along with this service.
- Fresh, organic, and local groceries. They list the farm in which each product comes from, love that!
- Prices for organic groceries are less than that of a large chain grocery store.
- Provides the ease of ordering online and avoiding grocery store debacles with a crying baby.
- Because everything is listed in front of you online, I found it much easier to create a budget and meal plan and stick to it.
- Temptation is decreased. I often end up spending above my budget and past my desired waist line in the grocery store because I have no restraint when walking by something that looks good.
- Delivery is free with a minimum order (it is only $35 for my area). And even if you order less than that, it is only $3.50…probably less than your gas.
- You don’t have to be home for delivery, you can just specify where you would like your totes to be left. If you live in an apartment, arrangements will be made for that as well
All in all, I think this is a great option and is a great way to support local farmers and healthy living.
If you are interested in trying it, they gave me a promo code to pass on to friends which will give you a total of $25 off your first 4 orders ($5 off first 3 orders, $10 off the 4th). So just visit spud.ca
and use the promo code CRVAN-PARKAG
I would like to mention a pretty fantastic product that I have come across and absolutely love. They are the Wean Green Cubes, which are eco-friendly baby food storage containers. Initially I was a little hesitant about getting them as I felt that $25 for 4 containers was pricey, but I bought 4 and loved them so much that I bought 4 more. There are many reasons to love this product (I have listed all the features below). I came across these because I was seeking glass baby food storage containers that were all temperature friendly so that I could freeze and heat up as need because I make about 4 days worth of food in one go. My freezer has limited space and these cubes store so nicely without consuming too much space.
- 30ml, 60ml, 90ml measuring lines
- Made of durable glass with a silicone-sealed lid
- Safe & environmentally friendly
- BPA, PVC, Phthalates, and Plasticizer free
- Glass is 100% recyclable and sustainable
- Smart Clips, which lock and secure food inside
- Stands up to extreme temperatures required to make and store baby food