Thursday, July 12, 2012

Guest Post: Katie from Coupon Cravings

Recently, I was contacted by Coupon Cravings, a site with over 30,000 followers.

Katie Sorensen, the founder, gives great tips on where to find the best deals, freebies and coupons.

You can find her site by clicking HERE

After documenting my pregnancy week by week, Katie asked if she could be a guest on my blog!! Of course she can!

Check out what Katie has to say about tips for a Stress Free Pregnancy:

Pregnant Pause: Savings Tips For a Stress-Free Pregnancy

Saving money isn’t on many new moms’ list of what to expect when they’re expecting. But there are ways to keep from overspending.  Here are a few hints to help you save a bundle before your bundle of joy arrives:

·         Don’t Panic – You’re not the first mom to worry about finances.  Check around online and ask other moms for how they handled the extra costs, and start saving everywhere you can.
o        Experienced parent Kate Sorenson of Coupon Cravings understands how expensive a family can be and offers discounts and deals to help curb costs in daily life.
o’s Ten Ways to Save Money During Pregnancy, addresses the stress of being a first time parent and addresses the most important aspect to saving money while pregnant: planning.
The bottom line: You’re not the first person, and there’s lots of help out there, whether it’s from friends, family, or online. The key is to plan ahead and utilize every opportunity to save.

·         For Mom – Maternity clothes can be extremely expensive, especially considering how much they wear (or don’t) in the relatively short time most women use them. 
o        This can make maternity items an especially good find at consignment shops, thrift stores, and garage sales.  “Because the clothes can only be worn for a certain period of time, they are often in good condition,” says 
o        Another simple trick for saving money on clothing for the mom-to-be comes from 6 Tips to Save Money During Pregnancy at, which suggests buying “empire-waist shirts that can be worn after pregnancy instead of maternity tops.” 
The bottom line:  The most important thing to remember here is moderation.  Writes  “Don’t go overboard…you are only pregnant for nine months.  Don’t overstock your wardrobe, and stick to the basics.” 

·         For Baby – It’s very easy with all the safety regulations and advertisements to go overboard and buy the most expensive of everything for your baby. As stated above, keep moderation in mind. 
o        “You don’t have to buy the most expensive crib or mittens for your baby unless you’re Jennifer Lopez,” cautions How to Save Money During Pregnancy on  “There are plenty of affordable yet durable brands that will last you for years, you just have to figure out where you can find them.”  .
o also has a unique suggestion for stocking up on diapers:  “Buy one pack of diapers every payday while you’re still pregnant so you will have less to worry about once the baby finally arrives.”  Not only will this help you be prepared for diaper changes once you bring your little one home, you will also know a good deal on diapers when you see one (before you are too sleep-deprived to do math).
The bottom line:  There is plenty of shopping for baby that can be done before the big arrival.  Start early, research deals on-line, and shop sales to save money without feeling like you’re cutting corners.

So, expectant mothers--do your homework, stay on track, and enjoy your nesting time. If you take these experts’ advice, you can use the time while you’re waiting for your little miracle to achieve some truly miraculous savings!

Thanks so much, Katie, for your post!!!  

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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