Friday, April 26, 2013

Skip, Splurge, Save...



I have been pondering all this baby stuff we have... and really just stuff in general.  
When buying something, deciding whether to buy something, or deciding whether I spent what I should have on an item... I figured out that they fall into three categories...

Skip

These are the items that you think you need, but really don't.  The "Oh, I will use that all of the time!" but it really just gathers dust in the corner of a cabinet or closet.  A lot of these are items from our wedding or baby registries... guess we didn't know any better... we had never been married or had a baby before! :)

Splurge

This item is totally worth it... no skimping here!  These are the things I have found to be worth the extra money spent through experience with the item of value... or experience without it.  It has taken me a while in life to stop being so cheap and except that some things are worth splurging on. (Of course this does not mean you can't find a good deal on the splurge!:))

Save

These are the items that you need to get... but there is no need to pay full price, get the name brand or even buy them new.  I find that most things I buy fall into this category!



For the first month of Bailey's life, here is one thing that I found to fall in each category and why... 

Skip

A full kit of bottles if you are planning on exclusively breast feeding.  We got a full kit of Dr. Brown bottles, that Bailey won't even take.  It would have been much better for us to return and/or wait to buy a full set.  In the mean time borrow from friends or just purchase one bottle of different types to see what works for her.  Sadly, we got this advise and did not follow it.  I felt for sure I could get her to take the bottles... and she won't take any right now!

Splurge

Travel system (carseat with stroller).  We did tons of research on safety, and talked to friends.  The safety of our child in the car is not something I am willing to compromise for a good deal.  Also, while I often wear Bailey, it is convenient to have the option of leaving her in the carseat or just attach the carseat to the stroller without having to take her out.

Save

BABY CLOTHES!!! These are outgrown, spit up on, and even pooped on.  There is just no need to go crazy in this category!  Almost all of Bailey's clothes were given to us.  We did luck out because some friends from work gave her some really cute things, but even if we didn't get those, I would shop consignment.  As she outgrows the sizes we have, we plan to replace them with sale and consigned clothes.



What are the things you feel fall into these categories? Baby related or not! :)

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2 comments:

  1. It's so true! We save and skimp so we can have the things that we truly want! So many think being frugal and cheap is a horrible thing but it's simply being wise!

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  2. Absolutely wise to "skimp, splurge and save" and I'll tell you why! They only get more expensive as time goes on! I have always been a frugal shopper because I have always been a "stay at home mom" and with only ONE INCOME you have to be frugal and wise when spending!

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