I am due with baby #2 any day now. I'm sure those of you with more than one child can relate- the second pregnancy is so much harder! Not only am I a couple years older, but I have a very active (and adorable) 21 month old to chase around and pick up a thousand times a day. This pregnancy was much more physically demanding than my first. When I was pregnant with Grace I was still working at the bank and doing photography on the side, so when I wasn't feeling well I could just sit at my desk rest. No rest this time around! My business was very busy in 2015, which is amazing and makes me feel so blessed. It also makes my back hurt, and those of you who had newborn shoots with me and saw me hunched over your precious 5 day old baby for 4 hours can probably see why ;)
So what's a busy, tired, pregnant, mom-trepreneur to do?! Here's a few ways I have recently discovered that saved me time and money (which is essential because no one is paying me on maternity leave this time around!):
When Grace was born, Pampers were my diaper of choice. I quickly realized that even with the Amazon Prime discount, up & up diapers at Target were still way cheaper. They frequently have sales where the Giant Packs are $24.99, and if you stock up they give you a free gift card! The sale right now is buy 3 boxes and get a $20 gift card. You can't beat that- it's ALMOST like getting a whole box free. Sometimes you can stack a Cartwheel coupon on top of that to save even more. And I always use my Target REDcard, so that's another 5% off. Plus there's free shipping if I don't have time to run to the store! I always wait for these sales and then buy a bunch- you just can't beat the price and I have had no issues at all since making the switch from Pampers.
#2: boxed.com. This one I discovered through a great lifestyle blog I follow- The Thome Home (be sure to check it out, there's lots of fun inspiration for decorating/home improvement projects, product recommendations, and recipes). Boxed is kind of like shopping at Costco without actually having to go to Costco. You can buy groceries and household products in bulk at low prices. You get free shipping on your order and any order over $50. The items arrive on your doorstep within a few days, and best of all there is no membership fee! These last few weeks I have been nesting and wanted to make sure I was stocked up on everything from granola bars to dish soap, and placing an order at Boxed took care of all of it within a few minutes. The website is super organized and easy to use too! When you check it out, use my code 97CPW to save $10 on your order :) (only 5 discounts available!). And P.S. if you've never tried these fig bars add it to your list- they are a favorite in my house!
#3: Ibotta. I'm sure some of you are great at couponing. I would love to be, I'm just not. All the clipping, knowing ahead of time what brand I need to buy, remembering to even use the coupons... I just suck at it. Ibotta is a coupon app that makes it so much easier. You can even do it AFTER you shop, which makes it so much easier for me because then I can just get what I want and when I get home scroll through the app to find rebates. After you "unlock" your rebates, you just scan the barcode on your receipt and VOILA- cash is transferred right into your PayPal account. And one of the best features is that they have rebates for things like dairy, produce, even alcohol! And some of the rebates are good for ANY brand- how easy is that? I have a discount code for you on this one too- use this link to get a $10 Welcome Bonus.
Hope you enjoyed some of these time and money saving tips! Now put on your PJs and go stock up!