One 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!
Here are few of the books I’ve discovered via BookBub: (more…)
I 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…)
I was recently tried out Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches. This could not have come at a more perfect time as Baby Budget is starting to want to feed herself, but isn’t the cleanest when it comes to pureed foods. I know that pre-made pouches are readily available at any grocery store, however I’ve heard way to many instances of mold being found in the pouches to even give them a chance. Enter, reusable pouches!
These pouches have a zip-locking bottom and a cap that spins on or off. They are also see through in all areas that don’t have a design, this is one of my favorite parts because it allows me to make sure that the insides are completely clean when washing. They can be placed in the dishwasher, but I’ve found it super easy to wash them when I’m washing bottles. A bottle brush fits inside perfectly and gets all of the harder to clean areas.
We’re currently testing out different foods that work well inside the pouches but so far a few favorites have been (more…)
I seem to come across posts about “cutting the cord” quite often, and if you asked me two years ago if I could do this I would probably laugh. However, last year we did stop paying for cable and I can’t say that I’ve missed it! There are a few different ways to still watch your favorite shows, and they are a lot cheaper than paying a monthly cable bill!
Streaming Devices – These little devices are so handy because you can plug one into any TV in your home. They are essentially “smart devices” that will stream your favorite content. We own a Roku and there are a lot of free streaming apps such as Crackle, PBS Kids, The History Channel, and CBS. The devices can range anywhere from $10-$100 depending on what type you are looking for.
Antenna – I was very skeptical about installing an antenna, but when we did I was blown away. We receive 30+ channels, and they come in crystal clear. This option will not be the same for everyone as the amount of channels you receive depends on your area as well as the type of antenna you own. We purchased an inexpensive flat antenna that can mount to a window.
Hulu- This is a great service that provides the latest shows and movies just two days after they have aired. It’s $7.99 a month as long as you don’t mind a few commercials, plus you can refer friends to receive 2 weeks free! You can also link your Plenti card to your account and earn points for watching your favorite shows. I love Hulu because you can share with a friend as well as stop your subscription at any time! I recently read a post here, about how they use their Bing Rewards to pay for their Hulu every month, so it’s basically free!
Netflix – This is my favorite service for watching movies. It’s packed with movies that over time become catered to you based on what you like to watch. It also has a kid’s only section that is packed with not only movies but also shows! You can earn free Netflix every month by participating in Swagbucks!
Amazon Video – Accessing Amazon Video means that you need an Amazon Prime membership which is $99 a year. This turns out to be $8.25 a month, and not only gives you the benefits of streaming shows, but also gives you free 2-day shipping on thousands of items and access to members only coupons. Another part of Amazon Prime that I really like is that you can access their Kindle library, and you receive a free book every month! You can try out a free 30-day trial here!
These are just a few of the ways to help “cut the cord”, you can always just stop watching TV altogether, or rent your favorites from the library once they arrive. Since cutting the cord I honestly haven’t watched TV as much, which means Baby Budget isn’t looking at a screen either! It’s become a win-win for the whole family!
Laundry is something we all have to do, and saving money while doing laundry isn’t the easiest. You can coupon for detergents, or make your own, and then there’s line drying or the dryer. Living in the midwest the dryer is the main option for most of the year. Washing cloth diapers, baby clothes, my clothes, and Papa Budget’s clothes means a lot of laundry! This led me to search for ways to cut down on my drying time, without having to hang my clothes outside or inside on a rack. To my surprise, I found dryer balls!
Have you ever seen or heard of these little beauties? These dryer balls are from Lullaby Baby and they come in packs of 6, which is the perfect amount for most regular loads of laundry. If you are going to do a smaller load using 3 will work as well. They are made of 100% Premium New Zealand Wool. They are perfect in every way because they can replace dryer sheets, reduce drying time, are 100% natural, and are hypo-allergenic! Perfect for baby clothes or even cloth diapers!
The dryer balls come in an adorable bag, and for container/bag junkies like myself, this was the perfect touch. You can use it to store them, however I always leave mine in the dryer, so I’m pretty sure this bag will find a new use! They also come with a cute handmade sheep purse!
They may sound too good to be true, but I promise that once you give them a shot you won’t go back to your dryer sheets! If it’s the scent of the sheets you are missing you can simply put a drop or two of essential oils on the ball, let dry completely and then pop them in the dryer! Plus, they last a really long time, I purchased a set of 3 last year and they are still going strong! You can purchase your own set here, and then come back and let us know how you like them!
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!
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.
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 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!
-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.-