A Money Saving Tip from…Kristin: Buy or Borrow Gently Used Baby Products

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.

Kristin HeadshotI 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.”

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Author: Melanie

Melanie joined the BLINQ team in early 2014, inspired by the brand’s passion for helping consumers find great deals. Issues she feels strongly about include literacy, budgeting, and the difference between hyphens, en-dashes and em-dashes. P.s. Melanie doesn’t trust people who don’t appreciate that there’s a difference between nerds, geeks and dorks.

4 thoughts on “A Money Saving Tip from…Kristin: Buy or Borrow Gently Used Baby Products

  1. AvatarAmber Ludwig

    Yes!! I bought and still buy so many of my kids items used!! Its just so much easier and cheaper!! You are so right that they really only use them for a few months to a year anyways!! No sense in spending tons!

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