Deal # 1: I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had great success finding some good deals on clothing for Nicholas through online classifieds … namely Craigslist. Today I hooked up with one of the mums (Erin) that I’ve met through the Shop n Stroll exercise class that had posted 3 outfits (all new with tags) for only $7! One of the outfits is a really cute little long-sleeved onesie with Tigger and Pooh. The clothes were all size 12 months!
Deal # 2: Then I headed over the Starbucks for my favourite drink – Tazo Chai Tea Latte – and a Chocolate Croissant. The panic set in as I reached into my purse to get my wallet and realized it wasn’t there! After checking over the stroller and looking in my purse again (as though it might have magically appeared when I looked away), I faced the barista in almost-tears – I probably left it on the couch in the mall when I was transacting Deal # 1. Here’s just how great the Starbucks staff is … their response … “oh well, the drink is already made – just have it!” How cool is that?!? I took one more look around for the wallet and lo and behold … found it in the bottom of the bunting bag (it must have been in the stroller with Nicholas and he kicked it to the bottom of the bag). Here’s the super cool part … they wouldn’t take my money even AFTER I found my wallet! Kudos to Starbucks staff! They deserve some “good news” press!
Deal # 3: Another Craigslist find … Erica was selling some used clothes – 18 months size. I’ve learned that used clothes need to be purchased a size larger than new clothes, to account for shrinkage. This was the best clothes deal I’ve found yet – 16 pieces for $60 (that’s only $3.75 each). Nicholas now has his summer wardrobe, unless he continues to grow like a weed!
Deal # 4: Friends visiting from Ontario last week pointed out that Nicholas (oh-so-amazing) Graco SafeSeat (infant car seat) wasn’t terribly safe – it was touching the driver’s seat, so could be launched out of its base during a collision. I called BCAA’s Infant Seat Infoline and spoke with a super friendly technician. She confirmed what Laura had said and recommended that we consider the Sunshine Kids Radian convertible seat (will be rear-facing until he’s a year old, then convert to forward-facing). It’s taller than other seats in its class and narrower. Hopefully it fits in the back seat with enough space between it and the driver’s seat. The deal, you ask? Well, TJ Kids had it for $230, but Canadian Tire had it for only $199!
Deal # 5: Kim just arrived with a toque for Nicholas (the last one she knitted for him is more of a beanie at this point). This one is a little large, though, so she’s sitting on the floor with knitting needles in hand and doing yet another one to cover his beautiful cranium. We *heart* Kim’s hats!