Maxaloones: The Pants That Keep Growing

Have you ever heard of Maxaloones? They seem to be all the rage among the cloth diapering community, and after recently purchasing a pair, I can see why. Maxaloones are pants that can fit ages 6 months until 3 years. A typical child will change pant sizes 7 times during that time span, purchase a pair of maxaloones and they will fit the whole time. Not every child is the same, and some may fit into the pants much longer, just as others may fit into them a shorter time. Knowing how expensive baby clothes can be, especially when you are constantly buying new sizes, I thought I would give them a try. I purchased mine from A friend who makes them for $20, which seems to be the average price. You can find a huge assortment of styles and prints on Etsy, or if you are able to sew unlike myself, you could probably make them yourself.

 

Now down to the nitty gritty, how does ONE pair of pants fit for up to THREE years? Simple, the legs and the waist band roll up or down depending on the size you need!

  
See how one leg is super long and the other is short? This is what makes the pants “grow”. You can also do the same thing with the waistband. These are made of a soft cotton so they also have stretch in them. If you cloth diaper you know the issues of sizing up or down depending on your diaper, but with these it doesn’t matter! 

 (Sorry for the slightly blurry picture, baby on the move!)

Plus, with a wide range of prints to choose from you can have all the pants you need! It is warming up outside so if you prefer shorts you can also find shortiloones which work almost the same way with a growing waistband! 

Let us know where you purchase your maxaloones or what type of print would be your favorite!

-Mama Budget

Birthday Freebies!

One of my favorite days of the year just so happens to be my birthday, not because I’m getting another year older, but because of all of the freebies! Last weekend we went to the mall to pick up birthday freebies! You can find lists of places that give you free stuff on your birthday, but these are my favorite for adults. I’ll have another list coming soon of my favorite birthday freebies for kids!

Best Birthday FreebiesGodiva – $10 Certificate – The Godiva rewards program is my absolute favorite because they offer you a free piece of chocolate every month! I don’t live near one so it’s always a treat when I can visit because I’m obsessed with their chocolate covered strawberries. Their birthday reward this year was a $10 gift certificate that could be used online or in-store. I waited for a free shipping offer and purchased a coffee trio and a bar of chocolate for $1.03 shipped!

Victoria’s Secret – $10 Birthday Reward – I am signed up for Victoria’s Secret emails and received a $10 reward to be used in-store or online. It’s pretty rare that Victoria’s Secret offers free shipping so I went to the store. It can be pretty pricey because you can’t use your reward on clearance, however I was able to find underwear and beauty items that were below or at the $10 threshold.

Cinnabon – Free MochaLatta Chill – If you sign up for Cinnabon’s E-club then you will receive an email with a coupon for a free MochaLatta Chill. Even better when you first sign up they will send you an offer for a free minibon! I never knew these existed, but they are the perfect size for one person!

Sephora – Free Beauty Item – Signing up for Sephora’s rewards program not only offers you points and exclusive discounts, but they also offer an awesome birthday freebie. The birthday freebies change every year, and for the first time ever they offered a choice of items! I was able to choose between a Fresh Mini Cleanser and Mask or a Marc Jacobs Eye Liner and Lip Creme. These can be redeemed in-store or online.

Kohl’s – $5 Reward Certificate – Kohl’s offers a Yes2You Rewards program which gives you points when you make purchases, and they send you a $5 certificate for your birthday! Their The Big One Microfiber Pillows were on sale for $2.54, so I purchased two!

Starbucks – Free Drink or Bakery Item – Starbucks Rewards program offers you a free drink or treat on your birthday, and this year I received the email the day before my birthday, and it expires the day after. So, make sure if you sign up you are watching for the email so that it does not expire. Plus, you can get any type of drink that you want. Add in extra caramel, a shot of espresso, maybe some whip cream? It’s free!

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels – Free Pretzels – Sign up for their rewards program via their mobile app and you’ll receive a Birthday Freebiesfree pretzel on your birthday! I love the fact that you can choose any type of pretzel as Papa Budget and I like to share the pretzel bites! Plus, you’ll collect rewards points from the app and earn free pretzels.

Famous Dave’s – BOGO 50% Off Entree – This one isn’t exactly a freebie, but it’s one of the best meal offers that I received unless I wanted dessert, which I don’t usually have room for anyways. Plus, we used it during lunch time so the prices were reduced and it made for a nice inexpensive meal! You can sign up for their emails and they will send you various offers throughout the year as well as this birthday offer!

Best Buy – $5 Reward Certificate – Best Buy sent me an email with a Happy Un-Birthday gift! It was a $5 rewards certificate, and with another gift card that I had saved from Zyrtec Rewards, I was able to get Papa Budget a video game for free!

Dunkin Donuts – Free Drink – If you sign up for their DD Perks rewards program via their app they will send out offers including a free drink for your birthday. If your birthday isn’t coming up then wait to sign up. A few times a year they offer a dollar amount bonus for signing up and purchasing a gift card. Last year when I signed up I purchased a $5 gift card and received a $5 bonus as well as a free drink!

These are my absolute favorite programs to be in when it comes to birthday freebies. It’s not technically my birthday yet, so I may be surprised by a few new ones as well. Plus, make sure you check your junk/spam folder. As I was typing this I found an email in my junk folder with a birthday coupon!

What places offer your favorite birthday freebies?

-Mama Budget

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Free eBooks from BookBub!

Free eBooks from BookBubOne of my favorite ways to relax is to curl up with a good book. When I’m feeding Baby Budget I often read a book on my phone or Kindle. We used to go to the library weekly, but once Baby Budget came (and discovered a love for chewing on books) we stopped going as much. I’ve always looked for ways to get books for free and for a long time I would type in a subject into Amazon and then sort low to high in the books category. I would find a few titles but it was usually time consuming and some weren’t worth it. Then I was introduced to BookBub! When you sign up they help customize your experience so that they are recommending books that should suit you. Even better, they will email you a book list every day with discounted and free books! Plus, BookBub itself is absolutely free! You can sign up here!

 

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Sweetie Pie Organics Snacks Review

Sweetie Pie Organics ReviewI was recently selected as a Brand Ambassador for Sweetie Pie Organics and I am over the moon excited to share with you their products. We strive to feed Baby Budget the healthiest, low in sugar, organic products we can find. Assuming you also have a little one you know sometimes it seems impossible! That is until we found Sweetie Pie snacks. I am honestly telling you that even after trying these myself, they are amazing! My Sweetie Pie Organic snacks go everywhere with us. They offer tiny wafers which are great for teething little ones and freeze dried snacks. (more…)

Can Formula Be Refrigerated?

We recently talked about ways to save money on formula. All of these were savings on actually purchasing the formula, but what about when you get it home and are ready to use it? Can you refrigerate formula? Can formula be reheated? These are great questions that new moms should be asking! Let’s start with the basics.Can I Put Formula in the Fridge?

Formula should be mixed with water according to the instructions located on your formula container. Too much or too little water can be a bad thing, so make sure you are following the instructions. If you are off by a small amount you’ll be ok! Make sure you test the water before filling the bottle as well, our water can go from lukewarm to burning in a second so keep checking as you fill the bottle. If you’re worried about mixing the formula you could always splurge on a Baby Brezza Formula Maker, it’s like the Keurig of the baby world. Otherwise, you can simply shake the bottle to mix the formula. Keep in mind these recommendations are ONLY for formula, and they are just that recommendations.

 

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Pampers Rewards Program

The average cost of purchasing disposable diapers and wipes per year is $830. If you’re spending that money on Pampers diapers then make sure you’re checking the packages for codes to their rewards program.Pampers Rewards Grow On

There are two different ways to earn goodies from the Pampers Rewards program. The first is from the Grow On! Program. This rewards you for entering in a code from a package of diapers or wipes every month The second is the points themselves, which can easily add up if you’re purchasing diapers every week. (more…)

How to Save Money on Infant Formula

Baby formula is expensive and depending on what type your child needs or your pediatrician recommends it can sometimes be difficult to find savings. Breastfeeding is highly recommended although it is not for every mom, and therefore saving money on formula can help any budget! I recently discussed the average cost of raising a child per year and found that formula can cost around $1,000!

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Average Cost of Raising a Child Per Year

The average cost of raising a child per year according to the Huffington Post is about $12,000 a year. This might seem steep, and depending on how you are raising your child it could be even more. Let’s get into the specifics:

Pampers DiapersPampers Baby Wipes  Best Bottom Cloth Diaper Cover OsoCozy Cloth Baby Wipes

Diapers and Wipes:

You average 8-10 diapers a day, at about $0.20 a diaper if you catch a good sale means you will pay $730 for diapers. Add in wipes and that’s an extra $100. If you choose the cloth diaper route you will pay for your stash to start with which can average $100 for covers and prefolds. Add in an extra tub of laundry detergent every month and some cloth wipes for about $90.

Disposable $830

Cloth: $190

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