Expert Money-Saving Tips
Cutting costs at home is a cinch with this advice from readers and experts
Gear and Gifts
Troll for discounts. Before you buy online, check Currentcodes.com to see if the website has discount codes posted. And if you receive a gift card that doesn't thrill you, swap it at certificateswap.com or swapagift.com.
Buy ahead. "Shop for gear in the fall, when retailers tend to clear stock to get ready for the new lines that arrive in December," advises Alan Fields, coauthor of Baby Bargains.
Sign up! One of our favorite websites for deals on gear is babycatalog.com, which sells nearly every brand-name baby product out there. A one-year membership ($25) gets you an extra 10 percent off; plus, you can select three friends as associate members, who get the discount, too. Membership is free for those in the military.