Saving Money on Cute Stuff

One of the most wonderful things I’ve discovered since I got married is CLEARANCE. Tied for second place are COUPONS and SALES. Just the other day, I discovered an awesome deal that gave me $25 off a $25 purchase at piperlime.com. I had no idea what piperlime.com sold, but I decided to check it out. I got the $25 code from a referral link on my favorite blog, hip2save.com. There I discovered the Skip Hop Owl Backpack (toddler sized backpack) for $20. I had to spend at least $5 more, so I bought something else random and ended up paying a whopping $5.29 for both items, in other words, getting the backpack for approx. 1/4 of it’s cost and a free something else (I think I bought some panties or something??). Basically, I paid what I’d normally have to pay for a website’s shipping costs. This is just one of my stories of an awesome buy, and yeah, I’m definitely gonna make use of this cute little guy! (btw, original post from hip2save.com: http://hip2save.com/2013/03/20/piperlime-com-hot-25-off-any-25-purchase-free-shipping-great-deals/)

DIY “Swaddler”

Just so no one gets confused, I call just about anything that can be used to swaddle a baby as a “swaddler”, which I’m not sure is a term anyone else uses, but now you know. For some time, I’ve been looking into the SwaddlePodSwaddleMe, and other such swaddling gear that might be easy enough for my dear husband to use when our little guy comes. In the end, I decided I wanted something that was a little bit of everything. Sure, I could teach him how to use a receiving blanket (any blanket really) to swaddle little guy, but I figured giving him a wiggling baby and too many folds would be more work than it was worth. SO, I found a cute little pattern on Pinterest and altered it a bit: http://prudentbaby.com/2010/02/baby-kid/diy-swaddle-blanket-pattern-2/.

This pattern is pretty basic. Take a yard of flannel, fold it once, cut, hem, done. I pretty much followed the blogger’s instructions, except that I decided not to do the flaps. I sorta felt that they wouldn’t be necessary, but I’ve got extra fabric if it turns out they’re needed for keeping wigglers snug.

I bought my fabric at Jo~Ann Fabrics. Seriously, always look for sales or coupons to use. Get your fabric as cheaply as you can so that you save the most money you can!

Mary (my test baby) Modeling DIY Swaddler

Mary (my test baby) Modeling DIY Swaddler

DIY Moby Wrap for Super Cheap

One of the most important things to me as an expectant mother is prepping to have my baby close at hand. I don’t want to be one of those moms who’s always babying their baby, but I do want my little guy to be able to snuggle comfortably with me when I’m around the house doing dishes and such if he needs to be.

SO… I dicovered the Moby Wrap… along with its outrageous price! I like to keep things thrifty, especially if it’s something I want but don’t necessarily NEED. If you were to look online for Moby Wrap prices, you’d see that they’re about $50-60, unless you get a clearance one, which could be around $40-50 instead. To me, those prices were a bit unreasonable, considering that the Moby wrap is made up of pretty much nothing but a really long, wide strip of flexible fabric. I started looking around, knowing that I’d never be able to get one for that price without hating myself for it.

That’s when I found this awesome DIY tutorial I found on Pinterest (along with many others, but this one is so very simple and saves the most money): http://www.alexamariezurcher.com/2013/01/diy-moby-wrap-in-3-easy-steps.html

I’m a big fan of Jo~Ann Fabrics, so I waited for a good 50% off coupon, found the fabric I needed (it was regular-priced at $12.99), got the 2.5 yards my tutorial friend suggested, and used my 50% off coupon. In the end, I spent a few cents over $17 and used random thread I had lying around the house to sew up the center seam. Seriously the cheapest, easiest infant carrier you could possibly make to wear. PLUS, the Moby Wrap can be used for older babies, too, and my husband doesn’t seem too horribly offended by the idea of possibly having to wear it. 😛

my diy moby

Me and Mary (my test baby) modeling our DIY Moby Wrap.

In conclusion, DIY Moby Wrap for super cheap. At most, you’ll spend around $35, but seriously, use coupons. Coupons are meant to be used, otherwise manufacturers and stores wouldn’t print, email, or app them.