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Baby Expense Frugality: Car Seat Edition

February 19th, 2016 at 08:28 am

The baby turned 6 months old last weekend. She currently uses a bucket car seat with a base in each of our cars.

Right before she was born, I got a phenomenal deal on a convertible car seat (one that is used until she is 65 lbs). Normally $179.99, I got it on Amazon Day for $112.48.

So that took care of one car. We still needed another one. Last night, I got the same model, originally $179.99, at BabiesRus.

My sister gave me an expired bucket car seat from my niece to use as trade-in. Utilizing my Babies r us card and that promotion, netted me 30% off the price.

Additionally, there was another 10% off promo for using my card, so they allowed me that as well.

The final cost was $113.39. However, we did not pay out of pocket. Because we had a BRU Registry, they gave us a gift card from the Register Rewards program (percentage of what was purchased off the registry). So the car seat was 'free' out of pocket.

You can't beat that!! With that rewards gift card, I also bought some baby water, rice cereal and some clothes. Still have $10.80 on the rewards card.

We also have $250 in another gift card we had been gifted. We are doing SO well!

6 Responses to “Baby Expense Frugality: Car Seat Edition”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Great savings!

  2. monkeymama Says:


  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Excellent! What is baby water?

  4. HouseHopeful Says:

    oh, baby water! just what I call it! - we just grab the distilled gallon bottles of water for the baby's formula. With our crazy schedules, its easier to use than worrying about boiling water all of the time. We just use brita filters for ourselves and we won't need the distilled water much longer as she's starting food.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    I just had no idea what that could be! Thanks for explaining. Smile

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good job but realize convertible carseats aren't meant to be used to the weight limit but height limit. After kids are turned foward facing they can easily outgrow the height way before the weight. My 6 year old is 45 lbs and uses a britax frontier because it's the largest forward facing carseat 5 point harnass. It goes up to seated shoulder height of 20.5" and has an adjustable head brace. the one you got if it's a britax or any other convertible at most goes only up to 18.5" seated shoulder height. People always say 65 or 100 lbs. But shoulder and head height matter more because kids outgrow that before weight.

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