First Time Parents Dont Be a Sucker

8 August, 2014

by Mike on September 29, 2009
in Saving Money

As you may know my wife and I are currently expecting our third child.  My wife is due in just a few weeks so we’ve been stocking up on things now while we can.  Last night we ran into Babies R Us to grab some newborn-size diapers and we took a little time to stroll around and see what else is new since our last baby was born almost 4 years ago.

I was amazed at how much crap is out there!  Seriously, it’s plain to me that these retailers and manufacturers just love to come up will all sorts of ridiculous and unneccessary items to get unsuspecting parents to open their wallets.

There were 2 things in particular that drove me right up the wall. 

First was a piece of plastic that probably cost about 10 cents to make that was being sold for $3.99.  What does it do?  It removes the crust from slices of bread. 

Has anyone ever heard of a knife?  We have a whole drawer full of them at home and each of them could remove the crust from a piece of bread.  And I don’t have to spend money on an overpriced piece of plastic to do it.

The other thing that shocked me was the brice of baby monitors.  They must have had 20 different models and the most expensive one was $300!  I remember paying about $35-$40 for our monitor a couple years ago.  And they had the more recent model in the store at just $39.99. 

Now I’m not telling you to take your baby’s safety lightly.  By all means, I want you to buy a quality monitor that will keep your baby safe.  But price is not always an indicator of quality.  And cheap baby monitors can be just as effective as the more expensive ones. 

Do you really need the high definition screen, the 200+ channel transmitter, etc?  Remember, as long as you can hear when your baby is crying and needs you…the monitor is doing its job.  DOn’t let some salesman talk you into something you don’t really need.


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