January 19th, 2009
Hi everyone! A couple of notes before this week’s post…
For those of you who are local, I am giving an author talk and book signing at the Danbury Library this Sunday, January 25th at 2pm. I’d love for you to attend!
Also, the book is now available on www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com for all of your out of town friends!
Now, back to the post…
One of the things I find interesting is when you hear in the press that baby-centered stores are ALWAYS more expensive than a discount store like Target or Walmart. Today is dedicated to unorthodox places to shop and save money.
Yes, baby stores like Babies r Us can be expensive for things like cribs, bedding, and breast pumps. Yes, their prices can be beaten on those fronts.
But how about on those everyday items like diapers, clothes and other kid-friendly items? Some of the smartest, thriftiest moms I know have come to the same conclusion: with store coupons and sales, diapers and clothes are often cheaper at BRU.
How is that so? Let’s take an example: At Target and Walmart, I recently saw a “jumbo box” Size 4 Baby Dry Pampers (read: low-end Pampers) advertised for $19.99/box, with 88 diapers in the box. That’s about 22.7 cents per diaper.
Over at BRU, the sell “mega” packs equal to 2 of the Target/Walmart sized boxes. This 176-box of the same Pampers usually retails for $40.69, which makes them more expensive. HOWEVER, BRU often has coupon specials like $5 off a mega box. That would bring the diaper price down to 20.3 cents per diaper–a savings of over 10% off the Target/Walmart price!
Also, BRU coupons work over at Toys R Us so if BRU doesn’t have your child’s size, TRU usually will.
Let’s also talk about clothes. I have consistently found some of the best clothing deals for Nicolas over at BRU on their clearance rack. Last week I just picked up a sweatshirt for $2.87 and a pair of pants for $3.50.
However, another good place to try is Once Upon a Child (to find one near you, visit www.ouac.com). OUAC has new and gently used clothes and kid products for less. Often, you will find clothes that still have the original tags on them!
So save your dollars for something else…more diapers?
Copyright 2008-2009 Kristin Delfau, author of Turbo-Mom's Guide to Saving Money Without Wasting Time a womens' personal finance book, and Aji Publishing.