Baby Bargains book

09 December 2010

I went to a Mothers-of-Multiples sale in June and I saw this book on the shelf for a dollar. I got it since I was about to leave the sale empty-handed and I figured out a one dollar savings based on the advise inside will justify its cost.
Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More!

What I liked - I like the way the each chapter has a summary section at the end so that I could just go to that page and check out the list of recommendations. I like the fact that the authors do not accept any commercial sponsorships so the reviews are presumably unbiased. AND, most importantly, they name names. I hate it when I read "How To" or guide books and they give you a list of things to look out for in a purchase and then don't tell you what brands fit that mould. For instance, they say buy hard pine and not pine veneers but won't tell you who makes what. Do I look like the kind of person who will walk into the furniture store and be able to describe what I see in words more in-depth than dark or light or chocolate-like? This book spares me that ordeal. The authors list specific brands for a lot of the essential baby goods. This definitely made my shopping a lot easier. There's also a website with a very active parent forum.

What I did not like - This may have nothing to do with the book and everything to do with me being slightly anal about details, but once I got a list of branded recommendations, I almost drove myself crazy looking for the exact brands. It took quite an effort to retrain my mind so that I could deviate from their specific recommendations for say crib sheets for instance. Another thing is even with the savings they tout, some of their recommendations are still not the most cost-effective for someone in my  budget situation. This was true for my crib purchase for instance. They recommended a good brand that was in the $500 range but they also had an equally good brand in the $200 range. Which one do you think mama cheapskate bought?

All in all, I loved this book. Having a baby is a big event and the plethora of information out there can be overwhelming. This book really helped to sort through the myriad of options from cotton vs polyester sheets to dovetailed vs stapled dresser drawers. Don't know what I'm talking about, get the book, it's a five star for me.

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