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Classy Kids Consignment Sale Continues 3/31/12-4/1/12

The Classy Kids Consignment Sale has been going on this week and tomorrow is the 50% off sale to the public and tomorrow is the $1 day! In the past I went to the $1 sale and was impressed to find some great items but it goes fast.

Classy Kids Consignment Woodbridge
13456 Minnieville Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22193
More information HERE!
Sat. Mar. 31:
  8am-2pm – 50% OFF SALE Public Sale
  2pm-6pm – Consignor pick up – CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Sun. April 1:
10am-1pm – Dollar Dash – All items are $1!
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Just Between Friends Consignment Sale – 4/21/12-4/22/12

 

Mark your calendar 4/21/12-4/22/12 is the Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment sale.   Print out the image above and Admission is FREE on 4/21/22 otherwise $5 at the door!   Sunday is free to the public.

Over 22,000 square feet of bargain shopping!

Friday, April 20th, 2012 -Presales – volunteer consignor , and Private Military
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 8:30 am to 11:00 am – Private Presale for First Time Parents
12:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Open to the Public -$5 Admission (FREE with above coupon)
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 8 am to 12:00 pm – 50% Price Sale* Open to the Public – Free Admission Doors will close promptly at 12:30 * Items with a star on the tag remain full price.

Military Families

We want to thank them for their service! We are so excited to give them an opportunity to shop before the public as a way of saying Thank You!

Date/Time:
Friday, April 20th – 6:30 pm
to 9:00 pm

  • Military ID required at door
  • Kids allowed
  • Registration Requested
  • You will receive your presale pass via email the week before the sale!!!

First Time Parents
To qualify as a First Time Parent, their first child must be 1 year old or less. Or, they are pregnant with their first child and have not shopped our JBF event before.

Date/Time:
Saturday, April 21st – 8:30 am
to 11:00 am

    • REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Not registered? Do it now!
    • You are allow one “helper” to shop with you
    • Registration for the First Time Parent Presale ends April 14th!
    • Your Presale pass will be emailed to you the week before the sale, after verifying qualification that you haven’t participated with us prior, for this presale.

www.jbfsale.com/loudoun

Just Between Friends Children’s Consignment
Loudoun, Virginia Sales Event
April 21st & 22nd, 2012
Dulles Sportsplex, in Sterling
(located near the Dulles Town Center)

All clothing are inspected and hung on gender-specific racks, by size. Toys, baby equipment, books, furniture and almost anything else that you would need to raise a child can be found by looking for the brightly-colored signage on neatly displayed tables, bins and open floor space for larger items. Volunteers help keep the sales in order and assist shoppers with items too big to carry, as well as helping to maintain the security of all items.
There is no haggling over prices at a JBF sale because every item is tagged by a consignor, who stipulates whether or not an item will go on sale during the discount sale days at the end of each JBF event. If an item does not sell, the consignor can either pick up their unsold merchandise or donate it to a local children’s charity and take a well-documented tax return of every item.

Shopping before the public is another benefit of consigning and volunteering at Just Between Friends sales events. Consignors will make from 60% to 70% of what their items sell for, which is a significant amount more than is offered by most traditional consignment stores. Plus, consignors receive their checks within two weeks of the sale, so they can quickly utilize what they made for their items.

If you can’t make it this Spring the Fall sale is 9/15/12-9/16/12!

(Disclaimer: I received a tagging gun from Just Between Friends and hope to consign at the sale this fall.)

 

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Cost of Diapers Over the Years – 2010,2011 and 2012

 

Back in 2010, I created a spreadsheet with the cost of diapers for the year and it is amazing to see how much I’ve saved.   My plan is to continue that this year.  I want other Moms and Dads to know there is a way to cut costs on disposable diapers.  You don’t have to be a member of Sam’s Club or Costco to get diapers, and even those places I find to be most expensive.  By looking out for good deals in unusual places combining it with coupons you can stockpile on diapers and save a lot of money.   In 2010, I saved over $400 and it only cost me $400 for diapers.

My twin boys are growing so fast and at 7 months old they were wearing size 4.  Luckily, I scored so many good deals in 2011 and had a diaper party for my shower last year that I didn’t have to buy many diapers later in the year. A diaper party is a great way to stockpile on diapers. I still have a huge assortment of size 4s, 5s and even 6s. My daughter is still in training pants at night so I’m regularly looking for deals on those. I hope to find some more good deals as the year goes on.   Below is a picture of the boy’s closet right after they were born.  There are boxes on the floor too.

My price point is to get diapers free or under $.20 a diaper. I’m trying to get training pants at around $.30 each. This get to be more difficult as the sizes get bigger.

Let me know if you find good deals on diapers by leaving a comment or send me an email at redberrydeals (at) gmail (dot) com.   Thanks!

Cost of Diapers in 2012

Cost of Diapers in 2011

Cost of Diapers in 2010

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How to find great deals on baby formula?

I’ve been looking forward to find time to write this post.   My twin boys are now 7 months old!  I can’t believe it either.  They are growing up so fast.   I’m a huge supporter of breast feeding and breast pumping.  I breast feed my twins almost exclusively for over 2  months.  But then I became pretty exhausted and my energy level couldn’t keep up and neither could my body.  I started supplementing and the boys enjoyed it.  I became a happier Mom and they are very happy babies.

Now they are older it is so funny to watch how  excited they get when they see their bottles full of formula.  They eat solids now and are enjoying lots of homemade baby food as well as my huge stock of natural baby food jars I bought last fall at Big Lot’s 20% off sale.   I had bought 100+ jars of baby food for about $20.

One question that is always on my mind right now is  How to find great deals on baby formula?

The best way to calculate this is compare best price per fluid ounce.    Not ounce of the package.

Which formula do you want to purchase?

Generic Brands

I’m a huge fan of generic formulas most large stores carry generic baby formula made by PDM Nutritional.   I’ve found that my babies really like it.     They cost about $.08 or less a fluid ounce! If you have questions or concerns about generic baby formula click HERE for more information from the FDA.  I did my research on it and it is comparable to the national brands.

National Brands

If you are interested in named brand formulas like Similac or Infamil.  Then you need to look at several options to save the most such as sales, using coupons, savings checks or buying in bulk.

Where to buy?

Generic Brands

If you are interested in generics formulas it doesn’t matter if you use Babies R Us, Walmart’s Parent’s Choice, Target Up & Up brand , Sam’s Club Simply Right or other store brands it is the same formula from PDM Nutritional.     I suggest buying from which ever store has the best price per fluid ounce.

Babies R Us has a great promotion via the Babies R Us rewards program that allows you to purchase 9 and get the 10th for free!

Target on occasion has sales that puts the formula on sale and gives you a $5 gift card when you buy 2.

CVS also on occasion has sales for their formula including promotions that include Extra Care Bucks (ECB)s.

National Brands

Make sure you sign up for each of the national brand programs.  That might mean signing up online, via mail or phone.  After I had my twins I learned that I could write to each of the formula companies and get some freebies.  I could get a case of formula free from Infamil via their multiples new beginning program.  I wrote to them and they called me and sent me a case per child.  It was a life saver for us.   Plus, I got coupons that I used at several stores.    When I wrote to Similac they sent me coupons that I could use in any store.  From Gerber I got some great coupons and some matching newborn onesies.

You can purchase national brands from any store.   I’ve found that for the convenience factor for most Moms is to buy from a club warehouse is a cost effective way verse running into the grocery.  However, if you look closely for sales you can find some great sales at Target, CVS, and Rite Aid.  Make sure to keep your eye out for additional manufacture coupons you can use during a sale or use a manufacture coupon check.

A coupon check comes from the manufacture usually with the person’s name written on it good for a maximum amount and only for a specific product or any product depending on the writing.   Most of these checks say for “any” formula and that includes powder, ready to feed and concentrate.   As long as the check information reads properly the check can be applied to any of these.  I’ve scored almost free ready to feed formulas from these checks.  And I have to admit the ready to feed formulas are a nice to have especially with twins! Hand these checks to the cashier at the end of the transaction. Only 1 coupon per purchase (or item).

Free Samples!

Click HERE for a Sam’s Club free sample of their Simply Right brand.

Click HERE for a Walmart free sample of Parent’s Choice.

Cost Spreadsheet

Here is my formula cost spreadsheet that I created this year on formulas that I have purchased.  I’ve even includes some of the deals including coupons I used.

Click HERE to view the google spreadsheet.

Let me know of some formula deals that you have scored or if you have some formula calculations you want me to add to the spreadsheet.

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Frugal ways to save for Babies – Swim Diapers, Diaper cream

Now that I have twins and a soon to be 3 year old.  My life is focused on children.  My blog has been focused on it to.  It sort of seems obvious for me.  Right now all I’m thinking about is feedings, and diaper changes.

Here are some awesome blog posts that I came across and thought you should read.  Feel free to pass on to others.

  • Babygoodbuys.com  – Reuse disposable swim diapers – This makes perfect sense.  Since disposable swim diapers cost about $.50 it makes sense to get as much out of them as you can.
  • Minnesotamamamusthaves.com – Make your own Triple Paste – I’m a huge fan of Triple Paste.  I recently used my $1.00 internet coupons at Walmart to get 1 oz for $6.49 but that is still so expensive.  I have bought several HUGE containers of CVS brand desitins and my daughter accidentally dropped it so I need to use the container up.  What a perfect way to use it but to make it into Triple Paste.  So far I’ve used it on my sons and it works amazing!  The cost is pennies since the HUGE 16 oz container of CVS brand desitin cost me $3 before ECBs!
  • Life with A&W – Registry Recommendation for Twins – This is a great list of ideas of what to register for or to look out for at yard sales when you have twins.
  • Life with A&W – Freebies for Multiples – On my very long to do list I plan on writing to companies about my multiples.  Here is a list of companies to write to to get freebies.

More sites to come.  Let me know of other links of interesting frugal things for babies or toddlers that I can share.

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Best Suncare Deals for Week 5/22/11

Since this coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend it is the start of sunscreen or sun block season.  I just purchased some last week at $6 and $7 and thought that is a good deal but now I’m finding this week it is even better.   I did some research and found some great deals and thanks to Hip2Save! who posted some scenarios.

Banana Boat Kids Tear Free SPF 30 is recommended on Beautypedia. Check it out! I love going to this site for skin care recommendations.

Big Lots

Banana Boat assorted sun blocks Final Cost = $4

CVS

Buy 2 Coppertone Sun Care (excludes sticks, baby, and tanning) = $8 Ecb (limit 1)
Buy 2 Coppertone UVA/UVB Guard Face Lotion SPF 50 $9.49 (based on online price) = $18.98
Use 2 $1/1 coupons found here or here or 5/22 RP
Pay $16.98
Get back $8 Ecb
Final cost $4.49 each!

Spend $25 on Participating Playtex, Edge, Skintimate, Schick, Energizer, Hawaiian Tropic or Banana Boat = $10 Ecb (limit 1)
Deal Scenario:

Buy 4 Banana Boat Suncare items $6.99 = $27.96
Use 4 $1/1 coupons found in the May or June issues of All You mag. or here (this one is a CVS store coupon but states “Cannot be combined with any other coupon) or 5/22 RP.
Pay $23.96
Get back $10 Ecb
Final cost $3.49 each!
*There’s also a $1/1 Hawaiian Tropic regional coupon found in the 5/22 SS or here or in the May issue of All You mag.

Thanks to Hip2Save!

Rite Aid

Buy $25 worth of Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport Tampons 18 ct., Personal Cleansing Cloths 40 ct., Playtex Baby Care products, Banana Boat or Hawaiian Tropic Suncare, Wet Ones Wipes, Schick Quattro 3 ct., Xtreme 3 4 ct., Slim Twin Disposable Razors 10 or 12 ct., Intuition, Quattro for Men or Women System Razor or Cartridge Refills 3 or 4 ct., Edge or Skintimate Shave Gel or Cream, Schick Hydro Razor or Cartridge Refills 4 ct. and Get a $10 +Up Reward

Buy 2 Banana Boat Suncare Lotion $7.99 each
Buy 1 Hawaiian Tropic Suncare Lotion $7.99
Buy 1 Banana Boat Lip Balm $2.99
Total = $26.96
Use 2 $1/1 Banana Boat coupons from the All You Magazine May or June issue or 5/22 RP.
Use the $1/1 Hawaiian Tropic coupon from the All You Magazine May issue or found here
Pay $23.96
Get a $10 +Up Reward
Final Cost $13.96 for all 4 sun care items! Or $3.49 each!

Coppertone Suncare Products Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Buy 2 Coppertone Sport Sunscreen 4 fl oz $7.49 each
Total After B1G1 50% Off Sale = $11.24
Use 2 $1/1 coupons from the 5/22 RP or found here
Use the $1/1 coupon from the May Video Values
Final Cost $4.12 each!

Thanks to Hip2Save!

Walmart

Banana Boat Sunscreen RollBack $5.82
Use 1 $1/1 Banana Boat coupon found in the May or June issue of All You mag. or 5/22 RP.
Final Cost $4.82!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF45 spray or Aveeno Continuous Protection Face SPF 30 Lotion $7
Use $1/1 coupons from the 5/8 SS
Final Cost $6!

Neutrogena Wet Skin SPF 85 Sunblock Spray $10.97
Use $1/1 coupons from the 5/8 SS
Final Cost $9.97!

Coppertone Continuous Spray $9.88
Use 2 $1/1 coupons found here or here or 5/22 RP
Final Cost $18.76 or $9.38 each !

Walgreens

Use the $1./1 coupon for Coppertone Sun Care from here
= $8.99 and get back $3.00 in Register Rewards
Final Cost  $5.99 each!

Spend $25 on Participating products = $10 RR
(Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat, Schick, Wet Ones, Skintimate, Edge, Playtex)
Deal Scenario (sun care stock up!):
Buy 2 Hawaiian Tropic sun care products $7.99 each = $15.98
Buy 1 Banana Boat sun care product $7.99
Buy 1 Skintimate or Edge gel or cream 6 or 7 oz $1.99 each
Total = $25.96
Use 2 $1/1 Hawaiian Tropic coupons found in the 5/22 SS or here or in the May issue of All You mag
Use 1 $1/1 Banana Boat coupon found in the May or June issue of All You mag. or 5/22 RP.
Use 1 $0.55/1 Edge or Skintimate coupon found in the 5/22 SS
Pay $22.41
Get back a $10 RR
Final cost $12.41 total.  This is like getting each sunscreen for $4.14 + a FREE Edge or Skintimate shave gel!

Thanks to Hip2Save!

I think I matched all of the coupons up but I might have missed a couple. I was trying to type this up while the babies nap.  Let me know of other good deals for sun block.

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Great price on Avent bottles and sippy cups at Walmart after coupon

For the last couple of weeks there have been several Avent coupons available.  Click HERE to print them.

$3 off 1 Multi-pack AVENT BPA-Free Baby Bottles

$2.50 off AVENT BPA-Free Toddler Cup Twin Pack

$1.50 off AVENT BPA-Free Toddler Cup

I found that at Walmart they have the 3 pack of 9 oz bottles for now $14.97.

That makes it $11.97 for 3 bottles or $3.99 each after coupon!  That is the cheapest I’ve ever found them.

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Baby Charts

Several of my friends are having babies and of course I’m having twins very soon so this is a great time to talk about Baby Charts.   At the hospital, they ask you to track how many pees, poops and feedings occur and when.  I did some research and these are some Baby tracking charts I thought would work great for most Moms and Dads.

Are you looking for a good tracking baby feeding chart?  Well, you have come to the right place. Here are some links to some of the best that I’ve found:

Free Printable Medical Forms – This website has a great .pdf version of a feeding schedule.   It does include the times.  All you have to do is check it off.   This seems to be my favorite so far.

Gerber – Feeding Chart – This chart is very simple .pdf that doesn’t have times.  You enter the times in yourself.

Twins DoubleUpBooks.com and About.com – Feeding Chart – This chart is great for twins since it has a twin on each side.  This is a pdf file and doesn’t have times.  You enter in the times yourself.

Little Ones Feeding Schedule – Feeding Chart – This chart is a super simple .pdf that doesn’t have times.

Is there another chart that you have used or heard of that works really well?

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Giant Food Sale Avent Bottles only $4.99 each! 12/17/10-12/23/10

In the Giant ad last week and again this week Avent bottles are $2 off retail price. I was curious as to what that meant and happened to look at them in the store. I never knew Giant was selling them, and I assumed they would be priced high.

It turns out that a single bottle is normally priced at $6.99 and so the sale of $2 off with your bonus card makes a single bottle $4.99. They also have 2 packs available too and they are normally priced $12.99 so that makes it $10.99 for 2 bottles or $5.50 a bottle. Even that is still a good deal. I picked up the singles and a couple double packs and even went to another store and picked up a couple more.

This is for either the 4oz or the 9oz bottles BPA-free Avent bottles with the blue writing on the box. I understand the blue writing means they have the “new” ring that helps prevent over tighting which causes leaking.

I’m so excited since my husband and I have decided to stick to BPA free and we really like these bottles and hope they work for the twins. Only a couple more months before we see them.

Let me know if you find them for a different price!

To find other great deals at Giant go to Redemption Unlimited to find some other deals in the Northern Virginia/DC area.

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Amazon Mom

If you haven’t signed up for  Amazon Mom I strongly suggest you do.

Amazon Mom is a free membership program aimed at helping parents and caregivers, from the prenatal days through the toddler years, use Amazon to find all the products their family needs. To join, simply sign into your Amazon account and tell us whether you are a Mom, Dad, or other caregivers of a child. By providing some optional information about your family, you can help us personalize offers, e-mails, and product recommendations to help you find exactly what you need at just the right time. Amazon Mom members receive benefits such as 30% off diapers and wipes, FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, as well as exclusive offers via e-mail.

Benefits:

Amazon Mom members receive exclusive discounts on a variety of products and categories. Discounts and promotions will be e-mailed to your Amazon.com e-mail account or made available on the Amazon Mom membership page at www.amazon.com/mom. Benefits include:

• 30% off select diapers and wipes: As an Amazon Mom, you receive an additional 15% discount on top of the standard 15% discount on Subscribe & Save when you sign up for Subscribe & Save delivery. Subscribe & Save shipping is always free, and you can change your delivery schedule or cancel at any time. No fees, no risks, no obligations.

• FREE 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime: When you join Amazon Mom, you will receive FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime for the first 3 months of your membership. For each $25 you spend within a single order in the Baby store, we’ll grant you an additional month of Amazon Prime shipping benefits. You can earn up to one year from the date you joined Amazon Mom.

Eligibility & Sign-Up:

It doesn’t cost anything to participate in Amazon Mom, and all parents and caregivers are eligible to join. To receive personalized offers, e-mails, and product recommendations based on the age and stage of your child, simply provide some optional information about your family (name, gender, and birthday of your child). We respect strict privacy standards with this information and never share your information with other companies.

Click HERE to sign up!