How to Save for Baby with Giveaways

It seems like every business or company is participating in giveaways these days, and this can be a major benefit for you! You may be thinking, there’s absolutely no way that I will win anything, because that’s exactly what I thought when I first started entering.

There are many different types of giveaways, some of which I avoid altogether. However, if you have the time to enter them, you can’t win if you don’t enter right?

 

IWG – Instant Win Games, these are exactly what they sound like. You play the game and you may instantly win. A lot of companies offer giveaways like this, and if I have extra time then I will enter them. Sears offers some for their Shop Your Way Rewards Members to earn points, so before I make a purchase I try to win some points! If it’s something that I would really like to win, then I try to remember to enter everyday. Raisin Maid was hosting a giveaway for “Goodnight Moon” books awhile back, and wanting to build my little’s collection, I entered every day until I won one! It’s a very nice hardcover version, and we try to read it every night!

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon

Instagram Giveaways – Many companies/pages are starting to offer Instagram giveaways. A lot of time you will find “page hops” on IG. Meaning that you have to like a page, and when you click on the picture it gives you the next page to like, and you continue doing so until you land on the main page.  Other IG giveaways simply entail liking a photo and tagging a friend. Although I don’t do these often, I have found a lot of pages that I really like by entering these!

 

Facebook Giveaways – I’m sure you’re familiar with Facebook and companies have been using it for giveaways since they joined. These can be as detailed as a giveaway tab on their page that requires you to visit or like certain pages, or as simple as liking a picture and leaving a comment. These are often easy to find just by following your favorite brands! I recently won a prize pack from Earth Mama Angel Baby during a Facebook giveaway!

Earth Mama Angel Baby
Earth Mama Angel Baby Giveaway Winner

Blog Giveaways/Blog Hops – Blog giveaways can be structured much like other giveaways that require you to simply leave a comment, or various other tasks. These are my favorite as many show how many entrants there have been, and you can enter many of them daily! Blog hops are much like the IG version where you visit a few different pages and then leave a comment or like! One of my favorite blogs features a weekly cloth diaper roundup of giveaways! If you cloth diaper check out Change Diapers for their weekly roundup!

 

Weekly Chats – A few pages that I follow on social media offer a weekly chat. During the chat you are able to ask the company/person questions, or they are simply there just to offer information. A lot of these chats will be followed with a giveaway for participants! I won a package of Osocozy Prefolds from a chat a few weeks ago!

Osocozy Prefolds
Osocozy Prefolds

I’m sure there are a ton of other giveaway options including the ones where you just leave an email address and hope that you win when it closes in three months. Those aren’t my favorite, but doesn’t mean I won’t enter them!

Now, as I said before, I was a major skeptic when I first started entering giveaways! However, my favorite ones I would add to my bookmark bar and every time I got on my computer I would enter! I’ve also found a few friends that don’t mind if I tag them in giveaways, this means I’m not tagging people who may get annoyed at all my giveaways! I don’t share many on my personal Facebook page, but if it’s something super special I will! Entering and winning some giveaways has allowed me to win so many different things that have helped me to save money for other things that I need for my little!

Glee Gum
Glee Gum Giveaway Winner

If you have made it this far, congrats! Every Monday I will be posting a roundup of some of my favorite giveaways! Make sure you visit the page to see if there’s something you may like to win! Also, let me know if there are any other types of giveaways that you have found or enjoy!

-Mama Budget

Davinci Crib Recall

Bexco the maker of Davinci cribs has issued a recall for cribs manufactured from May – December 2012. A metal bracket on the bottom of the crib can break and cause entrapment. If you still have one of these cribs please check the model numbers to see if your crib is being recalled here. If you have one of these cribs please stop using it and contact Bexco!

The cribs are sold nationwide at major retailers such as Babies R Us, Amazon, and Buy Buy Baby.

You can contact them at 888-673-6652 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or go to their web site www.davincibaby.com/safetyrecall3

-Mama Budget

How to Save with Huggies Rewards Program

One of my favorite ways to save money is with rewards programs. Many brands offer a program which rewards you for purchasing their product, interacting with their brand, being active on their social media outlets, etc. Huggies has a rewards program where you can earn points by entering codes from their packaging, reading select articles, and even watching videos that they offer on their site from time to time.

Huggies wipes and diapers both contain codes for points. The codes can be found on the inside of packages on a little sticker. The amount of points that you will receive varies depending on what product you have as well as the size. Huggies Little Snugglers diapers have codes worth 5 points for the smaller packages and 45 points for the biggest package! It doesn’t seem like much but it sure adds up! I always take the codes off the package and set them in a pile to enter when I have time so that they don’t accidentally get thrown away!

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Now you may be asking yourself, how does this help me save? There are two ways this can help you save. The first being that Huggies offers coupons for both their diapers and their wipes. The coupons do change from time to time, but they are always there!

The second way this can help you save is earning points means that there are rewards. When logged into your account you can click the rewards tab on the top of the page to see exactly what they are offering. I often pick out one item I would like and then set a goal of earning it. This year I have 2 Christmas presents for Baby Budget that I “earned” from Huggies!

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They change their offers so if you have enough points for the item you want make sure you redeem them as soon as possible. The rewards vary from gift cards, free product coupons, Shutterfly offers, and toys. It’s easy to collect the points, and if you are buying the diapers or wipes anyways, it’s an easy way to be rewarded! If you haven’t already signed up for an account, you can sign up here and you will receive 50 points just for signing up!

-Mama Budget

 

How to Save At Amazon

Amazon Prime:
Prime is a program that costs $99 for a year, but you can try it out for the first month for free here! They offer so many benefits including free 2-day shipping on a vast majority of items, a book lending library, instant music and videos, exclusive discounts, and the best part? Amazon Mom. To become an Amazon Mom member, you have to have a Prime membership, but Amazon mom is free once you have Prime! Amazon mom offers 20% off diaper subscriptions, and 15% off eligible items on your baby registry! Not having Amazon Prime means you can still shop there, but shipping will only be free on select items or on orders over $35.

 

Subscribe & Save:

When shopping on Amazon you may notice that there are two options on many products, a normal price and a Subscribe & Save price. Subscribe & Save gives you a 5-15% discount for signing up for a subscription. You can change or cancel your subscription at any time. Once you reach 5 subscriptions in one month, you will receive the 15% discount, otherwise it’s a 5% discount. Now reread the “cancel your subscription at any time”. That’s right, you can sign up for a subscription one month, and then cancel as soon as you receive your item if you no longer wish to receive it any longer. The price of diapers and wipes greatly fluctuates so sometimes I’ll sign up to save on some wipes, and the price will go back up so I will cancel my subscription. Even better, items purchased with Subscribe & Save ship for free!

Subscribe & Save
Subscribe & Save

Amazon Coupons:

Saving money is the goal right? Amazon makes that easy with Amazon clippable coupons. You can find the whole list of coupons by clicking on “Today’s Deals” on the top of the Amazon webpage, or you’ll sometimes find them right on a product page you may be viewing. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of Today’s Deals you will see Top Coupons and below that “See more Coupons”. If you click that it will take you to all of the coupons that Amazon is offering at that time. You can filter by category, and then “clip” the coupon you wish to use. Keep in mind that each coupon can only be used once. However, they do change often so keep an eye out for new ones! If a product qualifies for a coupon you will see it on the coupon detail page, or right on the product page underneath the price.

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Amazon Coupons

 

Amazon Lightning Deals:

Amazon offers Lightning Deals and a Deal of the Day which can also be found by selecting “Today’s Deals”. You can sort these by category as well, there are two separate baby categories. Baby and Baby Clothing & Accessories. There are also other categories available that may feature children’s items such as Toys & Games, or Everything Else. Amazon Prime members are able to purchase Lightning Deals 30 minutes before everyone else.

 

Amazon Warehouse:

Amazon Warehouse is a section of goods that may be used, have damaged packaging, or returned for some reason, and are now being resold. When purchasing these items make sure you check to see why the item was returned so that there are no surprises when you receive the items. You can often find greatly discounted items with only damaged packaging, which if you aren’t gifting the item it may make no difference!

 

Combine all of these together and you have a great way to shop from home and save money while doing so. One of my favorite things is to find items that qualify for Amazon coupons as well as Subscribe & Save so that the items ship free, and I save a little more than usual! I’ve been shopping Amazon for many years, and have found some great deals. Any time I’ve had a problem, which is rare, Amazon was quick to fix the problem, and returns are a breeze!

-Mama Budget

 

-This post was not sponsored by Amazon, the thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. The links in this post are my personal affiliate links and by shopping through these links I will receive a small compensation.-

 

Welcome To Baby On A Budget!

Hello and welcome! So glad you found us! Baby On A Budget was started by me, a soon to be mom looking to raise her new baby without spending a fortune. There are plenty of gadgets and gizmos in the baby world, and I’m here to help you sort out the ones you need, the ones you don’t, and how to save on all of them! We’ll cover everything from feeding, clothing, diapering, and even entertaining your little one! Raising a baby doesn’t have to be expensive, and I’m here to show you how!