Kristin has worked with the BLINQ Customer Care team since April 2015. We sat down with her and asked her to share a smart money tip for her fellow savvy consumers.
Q: What’s your favorite money-saving tip?
When I had my first child, I suffered from a very common condition called “Temporary Price Tag Blindness.” Everything I bought for my baby was brand new. At the time, I didn’t realize I was only going to use each shiny new purchase for a few months to a few years, max. That’s why when I had baby number 2, my husband and I got wise and decided to save money by purchasing or borrowing gently used baby gear.
I am lucky to live in a community full of type-A folks that keep very busy on the neighborhood moms listserv. To save money, moms on the listserv post their gently-used goods for sale and the items disappear pretty quickly.
Whenever I need to buy or borrow something, I always check the listserv first. Recently, I borrowed an umbrella stroller and special airplane harness — a total purchase that would have been over $100 — and didn’t have to spend a dime! What’s great is that while the stuff we buy and sell on the listserv isn’t technically new, it is still new to me (and baby) which makes it still very cool and exciting!
But when I can’t find something on the listserv, I shop online for heavily discounted baby products. Not only do I find great products from the brands I like, I’m wiser now and know that open-box, refurbished and gently-used items are a great way to save some dough for my next attack of “Temporary Price Tag Blindness.”