Friday, June 14, 2013

The Frugal Mama Series Part 1-How To Get Your Entire Stash Free!

Actual photo of Baby Shower registry gifts from greenpathbaby.com
Have you ever wondered how mommies are able to afford their impossibly large cloth diaper stash?  Here are some tips to help you plan for baby, or bulk up your stash if you already have a baby with little or no money!  
Tip #1 Find a local cloth diapering store and create a Gift/Baby registry.
Why a local store you ask?  Local or small business will be willing to work with you and suit all of your needs!  The world of cloth diapering can seem intimidating to moms who haven't experienced it before.  Talking to a local expert can help you sort out the best diapering system and accessories for your family.  Besides, supporting the local economy benefits you!
Tip #2  Just Ask!
Sometimes finding the right gift can be a real pain!  On certain holidays or birthdays, instead of getting a random set of dish towels, why not ask for a gift certificate to your favorite cloth diapering store?  Think of all of the gifts you can get throughout the year; Mother's Day, Birthday, Christmas, Anniversary....the list goes on and on!
Tip #3  Giveaways
I don't know of ONE single cloth diapering store online or otherwise who doesn't participate in giveaways.  Most of them host one every. single. month.  Take advantage, like your favorite stores on facebook, and go to town!  Enter the drawings, I personally have won at least 4 of them!  To get a complete list of cloth diaper giveaways, check the Change-Diapers blog, every Friday the cloth diaper giveaway linky is up!
Tip #4  Sales/Seconds
Not free, but close enough!  Like giveaways, there is not one store that does not offer sales.  It is vital to the health of the business and for the consumer.  By finding a good sale, you can save a ton of money, and usually you get to stack up coupons, free shipping or other discounts.  Buying seconds is also a great idea if you are on a tight budget.  Seconds are merchandise, in this case diapers that are not *completely* perfect but fully functional.  Meaning the diaper might have a very minor flaw such as misprinted label, or wonky stitching.  The only thing to watch out for with seconds is that usually they come "as is" with no warranty, so if you plan on using your diapers for multiple kids, you might want to stick with waiting for a sale on a regular product, that way if an elastic becomes loose, or a snap is wonky and needs to be replaced, the diaper manufacturer will fix it.
Whatever way you choose to go, building up your stash is fun!  Trying bout new types of diapers is the spice of life!

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