Do sites like Groupon really save you money? Shopping tips to save money!

With Christmas only 29 days away, we have all gotten in full shopping mode! There are several people to buy for and deals to be found, but are you really saving money?  Don’t get trapped buy flashy deals this year.  Follow these great tips and you will be happy with your purchase and how much you paid for it.

 

 

  1. Research your product pricing: Many stores sell name brands inside their store. For example, Walmart now sells Apple products.  A big box store may say they have your item on sale, but their big box pricing may be higher than buying direct.  Always check home sites for original pricing before falling for big box sale prices.
  2. Use your coupons! Do not be ashamed to use your coupons. Make sure that the coupon still helps reducing overall pricing after big box mark-ups. Most of the time they will reduce your overall cost by about $5. Percent off coupons are your greatest deal.  Make a list and try to get all items from one store while using your highest “percent off” coupon for your greatest savings.
  3. Shipping Fees are for the bees: Always calculate the cost of shipping fees into the total cost of your item. It may be worth it to find it locally. Also look for the “ship to store” options where you can order online then pick up your item at your local store location. If you do have to have it shipped, remember that free shipping can be more valuable than a percent off coupon. 20% off $10 is only $2, but free shipping is worth $4-6 dollars!
  4. Is Groupon really saving you money?  Good question. Yes and No. If you really are in the market to buy an item that happens to pop up then follow step one and it may save you a lot of money.  We have found many items that claim to be on sale that are not. This often happens with the “goods” and hotel rates.  Just be sure to check the original site for regular rates and any stipulations. Items such as $10 for $20 worth of product are truly a savings but remember to count additional spending into the equation.  Often times you spend more money than the $20 and some of your funds may not be able to be applies to tax, tip, alcohol etc. And remember to use your Groupon. If it sits in your drawer (or email) and never gets used, you aren’t really saving money you’re loosing it.
  5. Return if needed! Did you buy something on Black Friday that was such a great deal you couldn’t pass it up and now you are wondering who you are going to give it to? RETURN IT! Just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean you need it. Ask a friend if its something they had on their shopping list so you can sell it to them for the same great deal you got. If not, send it back.  It’s great to gift give, but it truly is the thought that counts. Getting a $5 mixer or $10 DVD player that isn’t needed is nice but your friend or family member wont use it. They will try to return it and be frustrated when they only get $5 store credit.
  6. Don’t over shop. Make a list and try to stick to it. It’s ok to revise your list, but try to have a structure that you are sticking to. Make a list of whom you need to buy for and an idea of what you’d like to get them. If you keep grabbing things off the shelves you will be surprised on how much you go over budget or wind up buying several gifts for one child but not the other. Then you are buying random items for the other child/ren to make things even. It’s a vicious cycle. Stay away from it!
  7. Watch for the switch and bait: This goes without saying, but we want to make sure you don’t become a victim of these schemes. One that we see often is FREE, just pay shipping and handling. These can truly be great deals. Just make sure the shipping rates aren’t jacked up over the cost of the original item. For example our nursing covers cost about $6 to ship (in the US). This can vary depending on weight and the service we use. If your 1 pound item is free but costs $16.99 to ship just make sure the actual cost of the item wasn’t more than $16.99. Also watch for the “buy 1, get 1” situations.  We recently saw an offer for “buy 1 mitten get 2 free”.  What a great deal right? Wrong. The first pair of mittens was $3.99. These are $.99 mittens. Three of them should only cost  $2.97. Be careful of these traps.

 

We hope this helps make your holiday shopping fun and affordable!

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It’s a Sale, It’s a Sale

You asked for it and you are going to get it! We will be having a sale for one day only. This Saturday 11/24/12, we are supporting Small Business Saturday and giving you an awesome gift for participating. For each nursing cover purchased, you will receive a FREE Natural Nursing Cover! That’s right, just pay the shipping for the second one and we’ll send you the cover for FREE.

So here are some instructions:

1. Visit out website anytime on Saturday.

2. Pick your favorite color Nursing cover and add it to your cart (watch the red banners for sold out colors)

3. Click on the square that says “Free Natural Nursing Cover” and add it to your cart. This will add the shipping expenses for your FREE cover.

4. Remember to add a shipping fee for each Free Cover you earned. Example: IF you buy a Black and Plum Cover, add 2 “Shipping Fees” to your cart and we’ll send you 2 Natural Covers.

5. Finally, just check out and pay!

We are so excited to give you this great offer and support local businesses. We can’t wait to see you Saturday

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments. -Lisa Sato

Tip Tuesday

Todays tip is one of my favorites and you might be able to use it for your holiday cooking this week! Have you ever boiled potatoes or pasta and the pot starts overflowing all over your stove top? Me too! It happens all the time in my house. Well worry no longer.  Just place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot and your problem is solved. No more soupy messes to clean up.

Hope this makes your cooking a little easier!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments. -Lisa Sato

The Bebe Gloton breastfeeding doll

Last week we posted a video describing a popular toy in Europe. The Bebe Gloton is a breastfeeding doll that has been a popular seller in many parts of the world.  To use the doll, your child would slip on a color vest that has two flowers where a woman’s nipples would be. When the doll is placed in the breastfeeding position it begins to make a sucking motion and noise.

We posted a video of a child using the doll and asked you for your feedback. Well we got it! We got everything from excited to outraged.  Overall we had more people comment that they would not buy the doll for their child.  It seemed that this doll raised a lot of concerns from encouraging young pregnancy to public embarrassment.  I know that mothers actually breastfeeding even suffer from embarrassing moments while breastfeeding their babies.  This could feed into some of the concern that people would have with their child doing it. The U.S. has always been known for its more conservative values and modest attire.  Does that have to do with this doll? Is nudity the issue? Well not exactly. So what is it? Whatever it is, it is making people uncomfortable. I thought that maybe it was just Americans that felt uncomfortable but after talking to one of our British friends she felt the same way.  When I asked her why she wouldn’t buy the doll she said it had nothing to do with sexuality. She described the act of breastfeeding as an intimate act between a mother and her baby. When I asked how it was different than dolls that you feed or changed I think she said it best “Anyone can feed or change your baby, but only the mother can breastfeed her baby”.

I think that until we make breastfeeding for mothers a little more comfortable, this doll wont be a big seller here in the U.S.  Although breastfeeding with always be a special time for a mother and her baby, I hope that we can progress in making breastfeeding more social acceptable in the future.  For now it looks like we will continue to sell dolls that eat and cry.

I would like to address the comments made about the doll encouraging young girls to want to get pregnant. I think that the age group that would use this doll would grow out of the fascination of babies along with other dolls of similar nature.  If we made a Jr. High student walk around with this baby Velcroed to her chest while it was crying..….I’m pretty sure it would only help lower teenage pregnancy! But that’s just my opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments. -Lisa Sato

World Prematurity Day

I personally would like to honor World Prematurity Day today.  It was 9 years ago that I gave birth to triplets at 24 weeks gestation and millions of families watch their early babies fight for their lives and many get the opportunity to thrive thanks to our modern technology and medical advances.  The NICU was a world I never knew existed as my first born, Kaleb was a healthy 8 lbs. 14 oz. I had no idea the NICU would be my home for six months after the birth of Liam, Aiden and Zoie and that today they would still be struggling with the effects of their prematurity.

I honor today the countless people who blessed and still bless the lives of our family.  I give great praise to the  Doctors, NICU Nurses, OT’s, PT’s, ST’s, RT’s, NICU staff, family and friends who gave me the courage to hang on and for the tireless hours it took for the team of experts to keep these little one’s alive.  I am forever grateful to be the mother of two beautiful boys Liam and Aiden and to have our angel Zoie looking down on us from heaven.

Join me today, 17 NOV on World Prematurity Day in helping educate everyone around us! If you are a parent of a preemie, please share your story with us on our facebook page!

 

 

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments.  -Ashlie Belnap Baker

Food Fridays- Cut The Fat!

The holidays are always a great time to get together with family, share some great meals and blow your diet! Everyone cooks a little different. Some people use butter, some use margarine and others may use shorting.  You may not be able to control what other people make, but you do have say over the dish you bring to parties and family functions.

Offer to make dishes that are usually high fat so that you can modify the recipe.  That will help you to stick to your diet and maybe even help out family members without them knowing. Baking is one of the best opportunities to cut out some unwanted fat and calories.

 

Here is a chart of substitutions that you can use to cut the fat. Practice using your favorite recipe with these substitutions for your next holiday event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy baking from bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments. -Lisa Sato

Thrifty Thursdays

One of the most expensive things about being a woman is our beauty products. The creams, lotions, makeup….it never ends.  I’ve got a great mask that I tried and loved. The best part is you can make it from things in your home.  This mask is made with aspirin, lemon juice and baking soda.

Instructions:

  1. Mash up about 10 non coated aspirin (use the cheap stuff)
  2. Add lemon juice until you get a paste
  3. Apply to the mask to the face and let sit for 10 mins
  4. Remove the mask by dipping a cotton ball in in baking soda and water.

 

The aspirin acts like acetylsalicylic acid and exfoliates the skin while the lemon juice has vitamin C and repairs the skin.  It also wards off oxidation just like when you put lemon juice on apples to prevent them from turning brown. The baking soda neutralizes the lemon juice.

Use this treatment 1-2 times ta week for great looking skin.

If the mask feels too drying, just add a teaspoon of honey to the mixture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments.  -Lisa Sato

Tip Tuesdays

With Thanksgiving around the corner it seems fitting that these tips are about food and entertaining and this week is no different.  I got this tip from a friend and loved it!

After making your turkey, you might want to use the drippings for your gravy. The juices are delicious but very fatty.  If you want to remove some of that fat without skimming it off with a spoon, use and ice cube! That’s right. Just drop and ice cube in and the fat will attract to it.  Spoon out would ice cube and voila, your fat is easily removed.

You can use this trick with any meats that you bake, roast or slow cook. Happy cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Diane Lindberg for the great tip

Brought to you by bizzy babee. Predictable nursing covers for those unpredictable moments – Lisa Sato