Top Diaper, Wipes and Formula Deals of the Week [In Store: 10/2]

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 12.18.07 PMWelcome to Part 2 of the TDFDOW where we give you the besta in-store diaper (etc.) deals of the week!

Check out Part 1 to find the best diaper deals at Amazon.

Coupons

These printable coupons are currently available at Coupons.com (you’ll find them in the Baby and Toddler category):

  • $2 off Huggies diapers
  • $4 off 2 Huggies diapers
  • .50 off Huggies wipes (56 ct +)
  • $1.50 off Pampers Swaddlers
  • $1.50 off Pampers Cruisers
  • $1.50 off Pampers Baby Dry
  • $1.50 off Pampers Easy Ups
  • $4 off 2 Pull-Ups or GoodNites
  • $1.50 off UnderJams
  • $2  off  Luvs Diapers
  • $2 off Walgreens Well Beginnings Diapers
  • $2 off Walgreens Well Beginnings Training pants
  • .25 off Walgreens Well Beginnings wipes 72 ct +
  • $2 off CVS brand training pants
  • $1 off 3 Gerber Graduates snack items

Premium Brand Diapers

Match these deals with the coupons above for extra savings:

  • Get a free $10 Target gift card when you buy two diaper value packs. Includes Huggies, Pampers, Honest Co. and more. Save an extra 5% on Huggies Little Movers diapers with the Cartwheel offer here. Save $2 on Huggies diapers with the Cartwheel offer here.
  • Get $10 in ExtraBucks at CVS when you spend $30 on select products with card. Includes Huggies jumbos ($9.99). See circular for other items.
  • Huggies big packs are $19.99 this week with card at Walgreens. Spend $25 and get $5 in Register Rewards.
  • Huggies Little Movers 42-68 ct. and other Huggies diaper packs are $2 off at RiteAid with card.
  • Save $7 on two Huggies diaper packs (42-180 ct.) at Publix through Tuesday or Wednesday depending on your location.
  • Save $4 on Pull-Ups or GoodNites at Walgreens with the coupon from the October savings book.Screen Shot 2016-10-04 at 5.35.39 PM
  • Pampers jumbos are $8.99 at Publix through Tuesday or Wednesday depending on your location.

Store Brand Diapers

  • Get a free $10 Target gift card when you buy two Up&Up diaper value packs. Save an extra $2 on Up&Up brand diapers at Target with the coupon here. Save an extra 10% on Up&Up diapers with the Cartwheel offer here.

Baby Wipes

  • Get $10 in ExtraBucks at CVS when you spend $30 on select products with card. Includes Huggies wipes (2/$6). See circular for details.
  • CVS brand wipes are BOGO 50% off this week with card. Get $10 in ExtraBucks when you spend $30 on these and other included items (see circular).
  • Get a free pack of wipes this week with card at Walgreens when you buy a pack of diapers  ($9.99) and bring in the coupon from the Sunday paper.

Formula & Baby Food

  • Get a free $10 Target gift card when you buy three formula tubs. Includes select Similac and Up&Up.
  • Save $10 when you buy three tubs of Enfamil at Publix through Tuesday or Wednesday depending on your location.
  • Save $5 on two tubs of Similac at Publix through Tuesday or Wednesday depending on your location.
  • Plum Organics baby food pouches are 9/$10 at Publix through Tuesday or Wednesday depending on your location.

Coupons & Rebates

  • Print a coupon for $1.50 off Huggies Little Movers diapers (and other coupons) here.
  • Print a coupon for $1 off Desitin diaper ointment here.
  • Print a coupon for $2 off Balmex diaper ointment here.
  • Print baby coupons for Target here.
  • Get a coupon for .50 off Luvs diapers here.
  • Find more printable baby coupons on Coupons.com here.

So what are the best diaper and formula deals in your town? Let us know what you find! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed, follow BC on Twitter, or fan BC on Facebook to get the scoop on all the deals!

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Going Plastic Free? 6 Great Stainless & Glass Bottles & Sippies

6 Great Plastic-Free Bottles and Sippy CupsDid you see the recent news? Now that just about everyone’s switched to BPA-free plastics, researchers are starting to assert that even those aren’t safe.

Fortunately, when it comes to bottles and sippy cups, there are a bunch of non-plastic alternatives out there.

Here’s a roundup of the highest rated bottles and sippies made from silicone, glass, and stainless steel. Even the straws and handles are plastic free. I’ve linked to them at Amazon so you can learn more.

Bottles

Sippies and Straw Cups

Note: While they may cost more at first, you may well find that items made from silicone, glass and stainless steel will last longer than their plastic counterparts.

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Budget Buys: 9 Top Car Seats Under $100

9 Top Car Seats Under $100Highly rated car seats under $100? Yep! They exist! In fact, here are NINE seats that you can regularly find under $100.

To put together this list, I consulted consumer ratings, car seat safety blogs, the NHTSA website, and reader input.

I’ve linked to the seats and Amazon or Walmart so that you can learn more. I’ve also linked to some great reviews where I’ve found them.

Infant

Cosco Light n Comfy DX  [Review]

  • Carrier weight: 8.9 lbs.
  • Height/weight limit: 29″/22 lbs.
  • MSRP: $79.98. Easy to find for less.
  • Notes: Least expensive infant seat on the list. Smallest weight limit on the list, but a great seat for premies, small babies.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30 [Review]

9 Top Car Seats Under $100

  • Carrier weight: 7 lbs.
  • Height/weight limit: 30″/30 lbs.
  • MSRP: $130. Easy to find for $99 or less.
  • Notes: Good ease-of-use rating.

Urbini Petal [Review (2014)]

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  • Carrier weight: Under 8 lbs.
  • Height/weight limit: 32″/35 lbs.
  • MSRP: $99.99. Easy to find for $99.99.
  • Notes: Good ease of use rating.

Safety 1st Onboard 35

9 Top Car Seats Under $100

  • Carrier weight: 8 lbs.
  • Height/weight limit: 32″/35 lbs.
  • MSRP: $129.99. Easy to find for under $100.
  • Notes: “Air” version (about $50 more) has easier install, offers more headrest protection.

 Convertible

9 Top Car Seats Under $100Cosco Scenera NEXT Review

  • Weight/height limit RF: 40 lbs.
  • Weight/height limit FF: 22-40 lbs.
  • MSRP: $79.98 Easy to find for under $55.
  • Notes: Least expensive convertible on the list. Easy to install. Will be outgrown fairly quickly.

9 Top Car Seats Under $100Evenflo SureRide Review

  • Weight/height limit RF: 40″/40 lbs.
  • Weight/height limit: FF 54″/65 lbs.
  • MSRP: $99 Easy to find for under $90.
  • Notes: Large size range.

9 Top Car Seats Under $100Cosco APT50 Review

  • Weight/height limit RF: 40″/40 lbs.
  • Weight/height limit FF: 43″/50 lbs.
  • MSRP: $65. Easy to find for under $65.
  • Notes: Large size range. Good for small cars.

9 Top Car Seats Under $100Safety 1st Guide 65

  • Weight/height limit RF: 40″/40 lbs.
  • Weight/height limit FF: 52″/65 lbs.
  • MSRP: $99.99. Easy to find for under $85.
  • Notes: 6 harness slots.

  Combination (5 pt. harness + belt-positioning booster)

9 Top Car Seats Under $100Evenflo Maestro

  • Weight/height limit with 5-pt harness: 50″/50 lbs.
  • Weight/height limit with seatbelt: 57″/110 lbs.
  • MSRP: $79.99 Easy to find for under $75.
  • Notes: Good ease-of-use ratings.

Remember: The best car seat is the one that fits your child and your car. Consult a CPST for more car seat information and/or help installing your seat.

Sources:

Related: Budget Buys: 6 Best Strollers Under $100

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Blackout Shades for Helping Little Ones Sleep Longer: BC Reader Picks and Tips

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I asked Baby Cheapskate readers whether they use blackout curtains and/or shades, and if so, which ones they like best.  Their picks and tips were enlightening (get it?). Take a look:

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  • Several readers like the Eclipse thermal blackout curtains (right) that you can find  at Target and Kohls. Walmart’s blackout curtains are another inexpensive choice
  • Another inexpensive option (just over $5 each!) is the cut-to-fit paper shades from stores like Home Depot. This is what we used when my son was little, to

DIY Options

  • Jessica shared a great travel tip for keeping hotel rooms and guest rooms dark: “When we go on vacation, we cover kids windows using black contractor trash bags and painters tape (the blue stuff). And you can re-use them!”
  • One reader got by for a while by draping a blanket over the window.
  • Another innovative reader says she tapes thick cardboard over the blinds during the summer. She also plans to cover the cardboard with pretty wrapping paper for a decorative touch.
  • One industrious reader even made her own curtains from blackout drapery lining she found at a fabric store.

How about you? Do you use blackout curtains or shades? If so, which ones?

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Updated: BC’s Guide to Choosing a Play Kitchen [And Buy-It-Now Prices, Too]

Updated: BC's Guide to Choosing a Play Kitchen [And Buy-It-Now Prices, Too]Play kitchens are on our all star toys list. They’re hits for both girls and boys from about age two to age five. With all the models out there, how can you pick the best play kitchen for your home?

This guide will help. It’s even got buy-it-now prices so you know when you’re getting a great deal. Enjoy!

Considerations

  • Consider your space carefully. How much room do you have? Would a corner kitchen work better than a straight one? Take time to measure your available width and depth before your shop.
  • Consider your budget before you buy so that you won’t be tempted to spend more than you should. Kitchens list from about $60 to $300 and up.
  • Consider checking your favorite second-hand sources for a gently used kitchen.
  • Does then kitchen need to allow room for more than one kid to play at once? A larger kitchen or a kitchen with two-sided play can help avoid squabbles.
  • Do you care if the kitchen you choose requires batteries? Most of the plastic kitchens need them to power lights, bells, whistles, etc.
  • Don’t be afraid to get a “simple” kitchen. Kids are creative and will fill in for the missing bells and whistles with their imaginations. Electronic bells and whistles can get annoying for grownups, too.
  • Allow plenty of time for assembly. The wooden kitchens generally take longer to put together than the plastic kitchens.
  • Does the kitchen offer room for play food and utensil storage? If not, think about how you’ll corral those small pieces.
  • Be prepared to secure the kitchen to the wall if you think there’s any possibility of tipping.

Popular Kitchens and Buy-It-Now Prices

All of these kitchens are top sellers with great ratings. I’ve linked to these kitchens at Amazon so that you can learn more and read customer reviews. Unless otherwise noted, the appropriate age for these kitchens is 3 and up.

“Buy It Now” prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to  beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

Note that the buy-it-now prices may be up to 45% of the list prices. Expect to see lots of deals on play kitchens in the weeks starting after Halloween.

See the kitchens after the jump.

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2015 Dollhouse Shopping Guide [Top Picks and Buy-it-Now Prices]

2015 Dollhouse Shopping Guide [Top Picks and Buy-it-Now Prices]

Because dollhouses are so good at fostering the open-ended play that keeps kids interested, they always make BC’s Toys that Get Played With lists. They’re fabulous toys, but choosing a dollhouse for your child can be overwhelming. There are over 400 dollhouses and accessories on Amazon alone! How can you choose the one that’s best for your child?

This guide will help. It will also clue you in on what price you should pay for the one you choose. Read on!

Choosing the Best Dollhouse for your Child, Home and Lifestyle

When choosing a dollhouse, think about the following:

  • Consider your space. Where will you keep it? Where will your child play with it? How much room do you have in your chosen location? Big dollhouses can span four feet wide or more, whereas the smallest can easily fit on a tabletop. If you’re short on space, consider a folding dollhouse or a corner dollhouse.
  • Consider your budget. The prime ages for playing with dolhouses are from about three to age six. That’s a pretty long span for a toy. How much do you want to spend? If the house you want costs more than you want to spend, check consignment sales, consignment stores, Craigslist. etc. for a gently used model.
  • Does the house come with furniture and/or dolls? If the house you choose isn’t furnished, you’ll end up spending more on those little tiny sofas and chairs. Be sure to take the extra cost into consideration.
  • Will it fit dolls your child already has? Little People? Barbie? American Girl? There are dollhouses to fit all sizes. You may want choose a dollhouse that will work with your child’s cherished pals.
  • Do you want plastic or wood? Plastic can be wiped down, but may parents prefer the aesthetics of wood. You may also be able to repair wooden items if they break.

Top Dollhouses

Here are my top dollhouse picks, taking into consideration a variety of needs and wants. I’ve also listed the Buy-it-Now price for each house, and I’ve linked to the item at Amazon so that you can learn more.

Note: If you’re new to my Buy-It-Now price lists, here’s what you need to know: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the current price (although they may be the same) or the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

The picks:

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KidKraft Majestic Mansion: Top selling dollhouse at both Amazon and Walmart. Assembly required.

  • Dimensions: 51.0 x 14.0 x 52.75
  • Rooms, etc: 4 stories with 8 rooms
  • Furniture and dolls included: 33 pieces of furniture. Dolls sold separately.
  • Additional accessories available? Yes
  • Fits Barbies

List price: $246.99. Buy-it-Now price: $130

Note: You really can’t go wrong with a KidKraft dollhouse. If buying for the holidays, be sure not to wait until the last minute to assemble the house. Some of them can take a while. For extra savings, check out the very similar Imaginarium dollhouses at Toys R Us.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.55.41 PMBest if you’re short on space:

Melissa and Doug Folding Princess Castle

  • Dimensions: 27″ x 15.25″ x 17.5″
  • Rooms, etc: 2 stories, 5 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: 6 pieces of furniture, princess, prince, 2 horses
  • Additional accessories available? Yes

List price: $49.99. Buy-it-Now price: $35

Note: Also comes in gender-neutral gray.

See also: Fisher-Price Loving Family Dollhouse. It also folds.

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Fisher-Price My First Dollhouse. Ages 2 and up

  • Dimensions: 22.25″ x 9.125″ x 16.0″
  • Rooms, etc: 3 stories, 5 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: mom, dad and baby figures and a few interior items–kitchen, table, chairs, etc.
  • Additional accessories available? Yes

List price: $40. Buy-it-Now price: $35

See also: Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home

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Hape All Season Dollhouse. Solid wood construction with child-safe paint finish. Gender neutral.

  • Dimensions: 23.6″ x 11.8″ x 28.9″
  • Rooms, etc: 3 stories, 6 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: four room sets: Master Bedroom, Family Bathroom, Media Room and Kitchen. Dolls sold separately
  • Additional accessories available? Yes

List price: $199.99. Buy-it-Now price: $127

See alsoPlan Toys The Green Dollhouse with Furniture

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Fisher-Price Loving Family Dollhouse

  • Dimensions:  25.6″ x 9″ x 16″
  • Rooms, etc: 4 stories, 6 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: Mom, Dad, Baby, sofa and baby seat
  • Additional accessories available? Yes
  • Requires 2 AA batteries
  • Folds for storage

List price: $69.90. Buy-it-Now price: $65

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KidKraft Elegant Doll Manor with Furniture for 18″ Dolls

  • Dimensions:  47.7″ x 19.5″ x 65.5″
  • Rooms, etc: 4 stories, 4 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: 12 pieces of furniture
  • Additional accessories available? Yes

List price: $338.99. Buy-it-Now price: $210

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Kidkraft Deluxe Fire Rescue Set

  • Dimensions:  30″ x 17.5″ x 25″
  • Rooms, etc: 4 stories, 4 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: 22 pieces of furniture, 3 firefighters, helipad and helicopter, Garage with ambulance and fire truck
  • Additional accessories available? No

List price: $150.99. Buy-it-Now price: $95

See also: Hape All Season Dollhouse

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 9.28.13 AMBest dollhouses with a twist:

Like to DIY? You can also make your own dollhouse from boxes, bookcases and more. See my DIY Dollhouses Pinterest board for inspiration?

Related: Baby Cheapskate’s Toys that Get Played With Lists

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Holiday Shopping Lessons Learned Last Year [That You’ll Want to Remember Now]

Holiday Shopping Lessons Learned Last Year [That You'll Want to Remember Now]Last year I asked Baby Cheapskate readers the following questions and told you I’d remind you of your responses as this holiday shopping season approached:

Did you learn any shopping lessons or make any shopping discoveries during this year’s holiday shopping season? What are you going to try to remember for next year?

Here’s what you said:

Shop Early

” Learned the early bird gets the worm. By getting up when stores just open I never fought any crowds. I also fought [no crowds] yesterday for returns at six stores. I got some great deals by being up early. I got some Amazon deals, American girl dolls, and more. I gave up sleep to save big bucks, crowds, and grief.”

“Shop early in the day. Except for Black Friday, few people hit the stores early during the week. Just the way our schedule worked this year, I did almost all shopping around 8 am and I always had plenty of selection, got the best deals, and enjoyed quiet stores.”

“For seasonal apparel (kids christmas outfits, pajamas, winter wear, esp from stores like Carters with mailers sent to homes) don’t wait if you really want something. Retailers rarely restock them once sold out- stores will always have more toys, they won’t always have your size clothing item. (So mark this under early bird advice).”

“I learned not to assume that a toy will be easy to find. My son vaguely asked for “Ninja Turtles” and with all the different ones out there I thought they would be easy and put them off to the end. But they were sold out everywhere! I could have saved myself a lot of time, worry, and gas money if I’d paid more attention.”

“Shop earlier online! Some of my items that had guaranteed Christmas delivery didn’t make it because UPS was overloaded. It was terrible!”

Or Don’t Shop Early

“Wait until close to Christmas to buy because kids change their minds a lot. Amazon Prime is an excellent investment. Black Friday sales are great, but usually the same deals can be had later. Not always, though. I did get a lot of good deals at Kohls for Black Friday online, and I think they only did the $15 Kohls cash and 20% off any order then.”

“I made the mistake of buying gifts for my family starting back in Sept so our budget wouldn’t be hit so hard come Thanksgiving/Christmas time. However, there were often better deals on the items I purchased as the weeks got closer to Christmas”

“i like to shop ahead because I hate crowded stores and last minute shopping. BUT, the prices were a lot better closer to Christmas, I noticed.”

Less is More

“I committed to three gifts per kid back in the summer but by the time mid dec rolled around, I thought it was too skimpy. My husband reassured me they would be fine with out gifts and stockings and relative gifts and he was right! I could have skipped stocking presents and they would not care. Three is correct amount for kids who are 1 and 3!! Just choose those 3 wisely!”

“I learned to buy fewer gifts, but quality ones. I wish I had saved some of the deals I found for birthdays and other special occasions instead of wrapping them all up for the tree.”

“Also when asking the kids what’s their favorite part of Christmas they gave answers that were all about the things we do together in Dec. Give the gift of memories not stuff. Need that reminder a lot in life.”

“Narrow kids gifts to Want/Need/Wear/Read (+ stocking) only … it focused my shopping, made for a more appreciative kid, and less random “stuff”

“Start earlier and enjoy the simple joys. Keep to the budget. When you’re done you’re done.”

Regarding Wrapping and Assembling

“Wrap as you buy  I say I’ll do this every year, but I never do. I’m tired of being up until the wee hours of morning on Christmas Eve.”

“Don’t wait til Xmas eve to assemble. We were missing a key part.”

Shop Online

“I learned too that shopping online saved me much grief. It also helped me stick to my budget.”

“Keep a list of online purchases and expected delivery dates.”

“I shopped online and didn’t miss the stores at all! It was so easy and saved a lot of money! I will do this next year now!”

“I did 99% of my shopping online. I may never go back.”

And Shop the Stores

“Shop online AND offline. I found some good offline details closer to Christmas, especially stocking stuffers. If I came across something in store I liked, I scanned it with Amazon app to see how prices compared before buying – Amazon wasn’t always better.”

“If you do the majority of your shopping online, you might be less stressed, but you’ll miss that hectic holiday-shopping feeling.”

And Other Smart Tips

“It’s a total gamble. Either you wait for a deal which might not come, or you buy it before it’s gone. There are things I could have saved money on if I had waited, and others that were gone by mid-November. So if you’re really set on something… don’t wait for a deal, IMO.”

“I have The Better Christmas List app on my iphone & it was a lifesaver!! Keeps track of who I need to shop for, how much I’ve spent (total and per person), what store each gift was purchased at & even a photo of the gift. I could never remember what I’ve purchased once it’s wrapped or hidden away, so that app was worth every penny”

“We paid cash. No credit cards. Much happier. We bought less. But no yuck bills in January.”

“Many stores will price match. Ask!”

“Homemade gifts are greatly valued. I make some of my gifts and have my daughter make gifts for the family when I can. Instead of giving your kid a few bucks a person, take time with a homemade gift (Pinterest inspiration) to save on your total Christmas bill. There’s plenty of homemade gifts that are way more valued than those you can just buy. I want to do more next year – so need to start them sooner!”

“When your husband says you have more than enough wrapping paper, don’t believe him” 😉

See the original Facebook posts from 2012 and 2013 to see all the responses.

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