Category Archives: First Home

5 Ways to Save on Your Nursery

 

I’ve officially finished Baby Girls’ nursery and I am in love! After two nurseries, both on a serious budget I thought I’d share some money saving tips.

Buy second hand: Both of my kids have used furniture. With Emerson, I bought from a friend of the family and I ended up with a crib, mattress, dresser, changing pad and changing station all for around $250. For Baby Girl I found a barely used Pottery Barn crib, mattress and toddler conversion kit all for $200. I also purchased her dresser, changing pad, and diaper genie all second hand. If I had to estimate I would say I’ve saved well over $500. I cleaned everything really well and with Emerson’s crib I added handmade crib bumpers to cover some teeth marks.

There are a few questions I like to ask before I purchase something used. How old is it? How long was it used? Smoking home? How many children used it?

Skip Nonessentials: There are some things that aren’t really necessary. When Emerson was born we bought a wipe warmer, I soon discovered that by the time you take the wipe from the warmer to the babies butt it was already cold! Talk to your spouse and put things in categories, I always separate needs and wants. Once all your needs have been filled then you can go ahead and start purchasing your wants.

Double Duty: Try to find things that can do double duty. For Baby Girl we don’t have an official change station we just placed a changing pad on top of her dresser. I like it way more anyways because it gives me room to set diapers, wipes, and hand sanitizer. Pack-n-plays are great as well. The Pack-n-Play was Emerson’s bassinet the first few months; we also use it if he has a sleepover at grandmas. It was a little more expensive for the bassinet accessory, but it saved us money overall since we didn’t have to buy it separately. Other little items can serve two purposes as well my favorite swaddles are pretty expensive, but I use them as swaddles/ blankets/ nursing covers and car seat covers.

Return Shower Gifts: If you end up with multiples of certain items return them and buy what you need. I found myself returning things such as toys, towels, blankets and outfits. I used the money to purchase a car seat. A necessity and something I won’t buy secondhand. Friends and family love to buy cute outfits, but a baby doesn’t need a huge closet especially if they don’t have diapers.

Take Advantage of Registry Perks: I used Amazon and Target baby registries and I really enjoyed both. First off registries are important because they let people see what you need. Check to see if the store you’re registering at has any welcome packets. Target and Amazon both have welcome gifts with samples and coupons. Ask or research if the store your registering at has a registry completion coupon. Amazon and Target both have one for 15%. Basically after your shower if there are things on your registry you didn’t get you can purchase them for yourself with a discount code. We used this code to get our carseat at a huge discount.

What are your tips for saving money when decorating? Comment and let me know!

Our First House!

Buying our first home buying our first home

Nick and I closed on our home at the end of August! Today I’m only sharing the house hunting process, but I promise to share about the renovation process later. First of all, Nick and I could never be on an HGTV show, we were way too easy. Literally our must-have list had three items; safe neighborhood, attached garage, and a yard.

We didn’t think it would be too hard, but as we quickly learned the market in our price range is really hot right now and we were looking mostly at condos. We weren’t against purchasing a condo, if it was in the perfect location and it had extra space. After a week of looking at pictures of properties online we decided to expand our search and look out in Avondale, Goodyear and El Mirage. Those cities weren’t our ideal location, but we figured we could get more space and might have a chance of getting a detached home.

So we get a list of newly listed homes and we see the perfect place. It was detached with a two car garage, had three bedrooms, a beautiful yard and best of all was in our perfect location. Nick called Brent, our agent, and they met to go see the property at around 9am. By 11am we put in our offer, I hadn’t even actually seen the property, but we knew we had to move fast. It’s a good thing we did because there were multiple offers. We were trying to keep our expectations down and not think about it. I send a family photo and a letter to the sellers, expressing my love for their home and how I pictures Emerson growing up in the house. The next night Brent called, they liked my letter, but countered our offer. We had gone in with their full asking price and offered to pay all closing cost, but because of the interest they had decided to offer for about $4,000 more. We decided in the long run it wasn’t that much money and accepted the counter. The next morning we got the call that they accepted!

Seriously I can’t express how great Brent was, if you’re in AZ and need a real east agent use him!  You can find at at Brentwilcox17@gmail.com. Without him I don’t think we would have gotten the house. He got the offer in so quickly and was texting us the whole time keeping us in the loop!

How was your first home buying experience? Comment and let me know!