new parents http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7696/all en-US 4 Tax Mistakes New Parents Make http://www.wisebread.com/4-tax-mistakes-new-parents-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-tax-mistakes-new-parents-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mom_dad_baby_000068517403.jpg" alt="New parents making common tax mistakes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Raising a child in America isn't cheap. CNNMoney and FutureAdvisor reported that it would cost $245,340 to raise a child born in 2013 from birth through age 18.</p> <p>That's a lot of money. But your children can actually save you dollars one time each year: When you're <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-important-tax-changes-for-2016">preparing your income taxes</a>. Kids come with some valuable tax deductions and credits. The problem? Many new parents, understandably overwhelmed with the burdens of taking care of a baby, fail to claim these savings.</p> <p>And that can cost them thousands of dollars. If you are a new parent, don't pass on these key tax savings.</p> <h2>1. Skipping the Child Tax Credit</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.irs.gov/uac/Ten-Facts-about-the-Child-Tax-Credit">child tax credit</a>&nbsp;shouldn&rsquo;t be overlooked. If you had a new baby in 2015, whether through birth, adoption, or the foster care system, you can claim this additional $1,000 tax credit. It doesn't matter, either, on what day of the year you became a new parent. You can claim the credit even if you had your child on Dec. 31. Your child just needs to be younger than 17 at the end of the tax year in which you are claiming the credit.</p> <p>&quot;Having a baby gives you access to a tax bonus, and will help you reduce your taxable income,&quot; said David Hyrck, partner with New York City's Reed Smith. &quot;I see way too many new parents who overlook this child tax credit. Everyone needs to be doing this.&quot;</p> <p>There is one downside to the tax credit: It is nonrefundable if the credit is higher than your tax liability. Say you owe the government $500. Your $1,000 child tax credit will erase the money you owe the government. But you will lose the extra $500 that you could have claimed if you owed more than $1,000 on your tax bill.</p> <h2>2. Forgetting to Adjust Withholdings</h2> <p>Michael Eckstein, owner of Michael Eckstein Tax Services in Huntington, New York, says that new parents need to adjust the amount of money that their employers withhold from each of their paychecks for taxes.</p> <p>To do this, ask your employer for a new W-4 form. Once you have that form, indicate that you have a new child.</p> <p>Eckstein says that it's important to do this because children bring with them new deductions and credits. You should also tell your employer to reduce the amount of money you&rsquo;re withholding to account for these new tax benefits.</p> <p>If you don't, you will receive a larger tax refund. But remember: Getting a big refund isn't the goal. You'd rather have that extra money in your own hands with each paycheck. You can then use that money for important purchases, or you can invest it and watch it grow. That's a better alternative than giving it to the U.S. government for a full year.</p> <h2>3. Missing Out on Adoption Credits</h2> <p>If you became a new parent this year through an adoption, you're eligible for a significant federal tax credit of as much as $13,400. That's a big help with the high costs that can come with adopting.</p> <p>You don't have to use this tax credit in just one year, either. Say your bill for the 2015 tax year is $5,000. You can use $5,000 of the $13,400 tax credit and then save up the rest of the credit for future years. You can carry over any unused portion of the adoption tax credit for up to five years or until you use up all of the entirety of the credit, whichever comes first.</p> <p>To take this credit, your adopted child must be under 18 at the end of the tax year.</p> <h2>4. Skipping the Child and Dependent Care Credit</h2> <p>New parents should also investigate the <a href="https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc602.html">child and dependent care credit</a>. This tax credit benefits parents who are working and must pay others to care for their children. To qualify for this credit, both you and your spouse must have earned money during the year from a job and must have paid someone to care for your child while you were working.</p> <p>Calculating how much you can claim for child care expenses is complicated, and depends on how much you spend on childcare, as well as your income. The maximum amount of expenses that you can claim for one child is $3,000, and for two or more children, $6,000.</p> <p><em>Are you making any of these parenting and tax mistakes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-tax-mistakes-new-parents-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-miss-out-on-this-easy-way-to-pay-for-child-care">Don&#039;t Miss Out on This Easy Way to Pay for Child Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-kids-eat-free-restaurants">Best Kids Eat Free Restaurants</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-moves-to-make-as-soon-as-the-kids-move-out">7 Money Moves to Make as Soon as the Kids Move Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-games-that-teach-your-kids-about-money">6 Fun Games That Teach Your Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family adoption children deductions dependents kids new parents tax credits Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:00:13 +0000 Dan Rafter 1665554 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Money Rules That'll Save You Big in Baby's First Year http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-rules-thatll-save-you-big-in-babys-first-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-money-rules-thatll-save-you-big-in-babys-first-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000072976509_Double.jpg" alt="Mom saving big in baby&#039;s first year" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My family is expecting a new addition in June, and we're beyond psyched! Since this is our second child, we won't be making a registry list or having a baby shower. With almost five years between kids, however, we certainly are in need of a few things. Here's how we're planning to save throughout our baby's first year on gear and clothing, and how you can, too!</p> <h2>1. Digging Deep</h2> <p>Before doing anything else, I looked through all the bins of my daughter's baby stuff. For families where kids have tight age gaps, this is a natural. Reuse what you can. Unfortunately, if you do have a longer period of time between kids, like we do, things like car seats can expire, and other gear might be recalled. We've cleared out the items we cannot use and assessed the condition of the rest.</p> <p>Stuff like clothing can stand the test of time with babies because they wear outfits for only a couple months before they outgrow them. Cloth diapers are also a great item to use again, doubling the initial savings. And if you have old baby gear you'd rather not use, try reselling it for cash for the new things you want to buy.</p> <p>We find out soon if we're having a girl or boy, so if things are looking blue, I have a huge mountain of clothing I can sell at the local second-hand shop. <em>[Editor's note: It's a girl!]</em></p> <h2>2. Buying Used</h2> <p>That's right &mdash; you can sell your old stuff, but you can also buy used to save money. When I was a first-time mom, I didn't take advantage of thrift shops and other second-hand opportunities. This time around? I know better. That expensive baby swing you have on your shopping list might get a whopping two months of use. Babies grow out of toys and clothes in what seems like minutes. What does this mean? Thrift shops and consignment stores are teeming with quality gear at a fraction of the original price.</p> <p>Check around your town to find shops that sell gently used baby items. You may even find places online, like a local Facebook garage sale group, where you can browse listings right now. We have a Salvation Army, Good Will, Thrifty Shopper, and a specialty store called Once Upon a Child. Check these places often (once every week or two weeks) to see what comes in. And monitor for sales and other events. Our local Once Upon a Child recently had a huge bag blowout sale, where you could get an entire packed bag of clothing for just $15. One of my friends calculated that she got $100 worth of like-new clothing in just one bag.</p> <h2>3. Buying Smart</h2> <p>Of course, there are things we will want or need to buy new. For those items, I'm taking my time and using my shopping ninja powers. Whenever I'm out at Target or Walmart and see something we might need, I pull out my phone and check around for the best price. If I see a better price listed somewhere else online, I march to customer service and ask about their price-matching policy. I've never been denied a lower price if I can produce the proof on my phone. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores?ref=seealso">Here's How to Get a Sale Price-Match at 16 Popular Stores</a>)</p> <p>That being said, I do the majority of my shopping online, so I go through sites like Ebates to get cash back on whatever I'm buying. I also used the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other seasonal sales events to my advantage this year. My tip? Make a list of what you are looking to buy, then browse around your favorite shops online to look for sales, savings codes, or other promotions. Pregnancy lasts over nine months, so you'll likely see what you're looking for at a discounted price with time and patience.</p> <h2>4. Needing Less</h2> <p>Another advantage of being a seasoned mom is that I know I don't need everything on those fussy registry must-have lists. In theory, babies only need basic clothing, somewhere safe to sleep, breast milk or formula, and love. The rest is extra. Well, for the most part. Your own must-have list will look different compared to mine. But before you buy everything you're told you need, think about your own lifestyle.</p> <p>For us, this means we don't need a bassinet or moses basket because the baby will sleep in a Pack 'N Play in the early days (that we'll also use for traveling well beyond the first year). We likely won't need to stock up on bottles if breastfeeding goes well again. I'm skipping the travel system because we never used one with our daughter and plan to, instead, carry our baby in a ring sling that I bought used. You get the idea. A lot of registry lists get you prepared for absolutely every scenario you might encounter. Try to resist the items that don't make sense to you and your way of life.</p> <h2>5. Waiting</h2> <p>As of today, my list of to-buy baby items is pretty minimal. I'm sure I'll eventually want or need some stuff for convenience or &mdash; let's be honest &mdash; just for fun. But for now, I'm waiting on making those purchases until after the baby arrives. As I've waited, some of my friends have even offered up to let me borrow things like bouncers and rocking chairs. Another friend handed me a stack of never-used cloth diapers she didn't need when her son was a baby.</p> <p>Once our little one is here, I'm also resisting the urge to buy things ahead of time. With my daughter, I thought I was being frugal by stocking up on clearance clothing with sizes a year in advance. The problem is that not all children grow at the same rate. My daughter didn't end up fitting in a lot of the duds I bought to &quot;save money,&quot; defeating the entire purpose. In the end, if we can live without whatever it is for another day or two, chances are we don't need it in the long run.</p> <p><em>How are you saving money as a new parent? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-rules-thatll-save-you-big-in-babys-first-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland">15 Little Known Ways to Save at Disneyland</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-new-toys-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-brilliant-tips-from-smart-mom-rich-mom">4 Brilliant Tips From &quot;Smart Mom, Rich Mom&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-with-purpose-and-save-more-money">How to Shop With Purpose — And Save More Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Family baby frugal living new parents parenting saving money Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1653873 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Manage Costs While You're on Maternity Leave http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-manage-costs-while-youre-on-maternity-leave <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-manage-costs-while-youre-on-maternity-leave" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mom_baby_000027623099.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United States has some of the least generous maternity leave policies in the developed world.</p> <p>If you're lucky enough to work at a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-29-companies-with-the-best-maternity-benefits">company with a great maternity policy</a> (where you continue to earn most or all of your salary while on leave), you probably don't need to worry about costs quite as much. But, for most women, maternity leave can mean lower pay. At a time when you're already facing the increased costs of having a baby, it can create added financial stress. Here are my best tips for managing costs while on maternity leave.</p> <h2>1. Embrace Assistance</h2> <p>People love offering help to new mothers. Take them up on their offers for assistance &mdash; put them to work doing dishes, throwing in a load of laundry, or even running the vacuum cleaner. It can free up your time to to take care of more important &mdash; and valuable tasks. And when maternity leave ends, childcare assistance from friends or family can help reduce the cost of daycare when you're back at work.</p> <h2>2. Love the Free Meals</h2> <p>There's a saying that you should never visit a new mom empty handed &mdash; and many people in your life will show their support for new moms by bringing them food. After my first child was born, we didn't cook a meal for nearly six weeks. You may also be able to get on a list through your church or local moms group to bring you meals, saving you a ton of money on groceries. (And while you'll be appreciative of the money you save, you'll be more appreciative of the free time &mdash; and the fact that it's a hot meal, not just whatever you can throw together one-handed.)</p> <h2>3. Snag New Mom Offers</h2> <p>A plethora of couponing and parenting websites offer deals and discounts for new moms. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KIRE2DJWIZKKHMX7">Amazon Mom</a>, for example, offers 20% off diaper subscriptions and free two-day shipping. Or sign up for new mom coupon offers. <a href="http://newparent.com/mom/best-coupon-sites-for-moms">New Parent</a> provides a listing of the best coupon and discount sites for new moms. <a href="http://www.babycheapskate.com/">Baby Cheapskate</a> also offers some terrific deals for newborns.</p> <h2>4. Join New Parent Clubs</h2> <p>New parent clubs in your community are not only a wonderful source of support and camaraderie, but they can also help point you to deals and discounts. Plus, pot luck dinners, carpooling, free play dates, and other shared resources can mean less costly ways to enjoy being a new parent.</p> <h2>5. Maximize Your Benefits</h2> <p>Working moms know to make use of their maternity leave benefits, but in many cases, the father's company may also offer certain new parent benefits which can help make costs more manageable. Make sure you double check with both employers' HR departments to be certain you're accessing all available benefits. HSAs, FSAs, free daycare, new parent helplines, and many other benefits may go unexploited if you don't ask. And don't forget about healthcare benefits &mdash; contact your insurer to make the most of these, as well.</p> <p><em>How did you manage costs while on maternity leave? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-manage-costs-while-youre-on-maternity-leave">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-best-jobs-for-working-moms-and-dads">6 Best Jobs for Working Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-afford-to-have-a-baby">Can You Afford to Have a Baby?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-rules-thatll-save-you-big-in-babys-first-year">5 Money Rules That&#039;ll Save You Big in Baby&#039;s First Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-parenting-books">The 5 Best Parenting Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-financial-reasons-paid-parental-leave-is-essential-for-moms-and-dads">5 Financial Reasons Paid Parental Leave Is Essential for Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Family Home maternity benefits maternity leave new parents parenting Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:00:09 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1277630 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Money-Saving Ideas for New Parents http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-saving-ideas-for-new-parents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-money-saving-ideas-for-new-parents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/parents-170082595-small.jpg" alt="parents" title="parents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on money-saving ideas for new parents, pet peeves of hiring managers, and using Pinterest to be more productive.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/12-money-saving-ideas-for-new-parents?int=a64b09">12 Money-Saving Ideas for New Parents</a> &mdash; Picking gender neutral items can help new parents save on their baby expenses. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Annoys-Hiring-Managers-34912002">Hiring Managers Share Their 9 Biggest Pet Peeves</a> &mdash; Hiring managers can't stand it when you don't ask questions or when you are too persistent. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/5-ways-you-can-use-pinterest-more-productive.html">5 Ways You Can Use Pinterest to Be More Productive</a> &mdash; Pinterest can help you plan your next vacation or become your own personal trainer. [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://When to Skip DIY and Leave It to the Professionals">When To Skip DIY and Leave It to the Professionals</a> &mdash; If you need special tools for a job, it may be best to leave it to the professionals. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://kylieofiu.com/2014/06/are-you-prepared-for-an-emergency/">Are You Prepared for an Emergency?</a> &mdash; Do you have a financial plan for if you fall ill? What about other emergencies? [Kylie Ofiu]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/06/giving-best-time-management-nd-productivity-technique.html">Why Giving Up Can Be the Best Time Management and Productivity Technique</a> &mdash; If completing a task makes you inefficient, it may be best to just let it go. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/06/stop-reading-your-email-and-start-acting-on-it/">Stop Reading Your Email and Start Acting on It</a> &mdash; Filing reference emails can help you keep your emails organized. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/06/01/10-forgotten-truths-to-help-you-get-through-hard-times/">10 Forgotten Truths to Help You Get Through Hard Times</a> &mdash; When dealing with hard times, remember that mindset is half the battle. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/real-estate/now-time-buy-vacation-home">Now Is the Time to Buy a Vacation Home</a> &mdash; Vacation homes are selling below their peak prices of the past decade. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-tips-for-growing-your-childs-interest-in-gardening">11 Tips for Growing Your Child's Interest in Gardening</a> &mdash; Making it scientific and attracting animals can help grow your child's interest in gardening. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-money-saving-ideas-for-new-parents">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-signs-that-you-were-raised-by-frugal-parents">30 Signs That You Were Raised by Frugal Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-stuff-and-coupons-for-new-parents">Free Stuff and Coupons for New Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-stock-in-your-freezer-before-baby-arrives">What to Stock in Your Freezer Before Baby Arrives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/twenty-signs-that-you-were-raised-by-true-money-savers">20 Signs That You Were Raised By TRUE Money-Savers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle baby best money tips ideas money-saving new parents parents Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:00:16 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1141780 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Parenting Books http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-parenting-books <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-parenting-books" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pregnant-2739729-small.jpg" alt="pregnancy" title="pregnancy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a clueless first-time parent, I inhaled parenting books from the moment I found out I was pregnant. I went down the list of popular and highly rated books on Amazon, dutifully borrowed them from the library, and read each word. For the most part, they're a blur of contradictory tips and alarming scenarios. However, there are a few of them that stand out with advice I am grateful to have come across and highly recommend to other parents.</p> <p>Of course, we live in a country where judging parents and their kids is a national pastime. There are inconsistent studies and advice coming from the same doctors. There is no perfect way to raise a child. Every child is different. No one knows your own family. Yada yada.</p> <p>These are books that I recommend not because I think they are <em>the</em> bibles to parenting, nor do I wholeheartedly agree with and endorse every single piece of advice in them. I recommend these books because I found them to be insightful and helpful in giving me a different perspective or strategy, one that I wouldn't have intuitively known. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-a-new-baby-really-needs">What a New Baby&nbsp;Really Needs</a>)</p> <h2>Bringing Up Bebe</h2> <p>I just finished &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594203334/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594203334&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting</a>,&quot; and boy do I wish I had read this before my little boy came along. French kids are well-behaved and healthy, and they sleep through the night at two months. My 17 month old sleeps through the night occasionally, and by that I mean he wakes up once. I don't know if the French method would have worked on him, but I sure wish I had known to have tried. Now, the entire French parenting philosophy might seem a bit extreme, maybe cold and harsh, and there is a lot of criticism of American parents. If you find that hard to swallow and are completely in the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/William-Sears/e/B000APRWIS/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1371170265&amp;sr=8-3&amp;tag=babybr03-20">Dr. Sears</a> camp, this book is not for you. But I found this to be an eye opening example of how to be a firm but loving parent in order to have well-mannered kids and still enjoy life outside of being a mom. I heart this book!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want to read more about the French parenting method, or how to not have a picky eater, check out &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062103296/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0062103296&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">French Kids Eat Everything</a>.&quot;</p> <h2>The Happiest Toddler on the Block</h2> <p>I read his &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553381466/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0553381466&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">The Happiest Baby on the Block</a>,&quot; and I thought it was just okay. The five Ss strategy didn't really work for my baby (although the SHHHH did...sorta). My sister-in-law swears by it though, and it's very popular, so I think it's a safe one to pick up for a gift or yourself. They also have a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006J021C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0006J021C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">DVD</a>.</p> <p>However, I really, really liked &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553384422/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0553384422&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">The Happiest Toddler on the Block:&nbsp;How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year Old</a>&quot; (also available on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001ZJQ72/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001ZJQ72&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">DVD</a>). It gave a very anti-intuitive way to deal with toddlers and their ever increasing frustrations. I see that it works very well with my niece, and I'm using it a lot on my 17 month old. It really seems to do the trick (most of the time) in calming him down when he's erupting.</p> <h2>NurtureShock</h2> <p>I'll use a word from one of the reviews on &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446504130/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0446504130&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children</a>&quot; &mdash; revelatory. There are a lot of &quot;conventional wisdom&quot; myths that are dispelled with hard research. It talks about why praise is damaging, the cause behind the moody, sulky, angry teenager (it's not hormones, but something completely avoidable), and the profound reason why kids lie (we tell them to). It'll blow your mind.</p> <h2>Brain Rules for Babies</h2> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008W3I4SM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008W3I4SM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">Brain Rules for Babies: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child From&nbsp;Zero to Five</a>&quot; is the book that my husband will recommend to every new parent (especially dads!). He's an engineer, and he likes facts, please. This book is for all the parents who want to know <em>how do I get my kid into Harvard</em>? He answers this question, I&nbsp;promise.</p> <h2>How to Talk So Kids Will Listen &amp;&nbsp;Listen So Kids Will Talk</h2> <p>My son isn't quite at the age yet where these tips can be used on him, but I'm hoping that they will work and faciliate a more communicative relationship. It's like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553384422/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0553384422&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20"><em>Happiest Toddler</em></a> but for older kids. So much of parent-child communication is tangled by a lack of empathy on the parents' part. They think because they <em>know</em> better, their kids should automatically listen and believe them. Obviously those parents don't remember what's it like to be a kid &mdash; the one who <em>also</em> thinks she knows better. &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451663889/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1451663889&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">How to Talk So Kids Will&nbsp;Listen &amp; Listen So Kids Will Talk</a>&quot; gives very clear instructions on how to break through those biases and actually hear each other.</p> <p>That's it?? What about all those sleep books? Guides to pregnancy? Childbirth? Breast feeding?&nbsp;</p> <p>I read those, too. All of them, it feels like. I read the entire 2.5 pounder, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316778001/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0316778001&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">The Baby Book</a>&quot; by Dr. Sears. I read a ton of books on breast feeding, watched documentaries on childbirth. I read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743201639/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0743201639&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">Ferber</a>, the &quot;cry it out&quot; guy. Then&nbsp;I read &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071381392/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0071381392&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=babybr03-20">The No-Cry Sleep Solution</a>.&quot; I wanted to know everything that was going to happen, anything that might go wrong and how to deal with it. I wanted to know every single sound or movement my baby might make during his first few weeks. And of course I&nbsp;wanted to know how to raise a confident, smart superhero.</p> <p>In the end, none of those books were ever helpful. Reading them made me <em>feel</em> prepared, but what actually happened wasn't the way it was described in the books. Birth, breast feeding, the first few weeks...we had problems that were never mentioned in the books, and if they were mentioned, the solutions listed didn't work. Whatever popped up, like the hundred things that went wrong while breastfeeding, we had to Google or, more helpfully, hash out with a lactation consultant.</p> <p>These five books I&nbsp;felt were actually worth the time it took away from whatever else I could have been doing (resting, napping, relaxing).</p> <p><em>Disclaimer: I did not receive any of these books free to review. I borrowed or bought these books on my own and have selected them without any outside influence.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-parenting-books">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-manage-costs-while-youre-on-maternity-leave">5 Ways to Manage Costs While You&#039;re on Maternity Leave</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-cloth-diapers">Everything You Need to Know About Cloth Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-rules-thatll-save-you-big-in-babys-first-year">5 Money Rules That&#039;ll Save You Big in Baby&#039;s First Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-best-jobs-for-working-moms-and-dads">6 Best Jobs for Working Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family babies new parents parenting Parenting books toddlers Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:24:30 +0000 Lynn Truong 978155 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Best Baby Gifts on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-baby-gifts-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-best-baby-gifts-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3197533182_4a16a23b13_z.jpg" alt="baby gifts" title="baby gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>About five years ago my friends, one by one, started getting married. For me that meant figuring out what being a &quot;grown-up&quot; really means &mdash; buying gifts for other people.</p> <p>Once I finally got that down, my friends started having babies, and my gift-giving education started all over again. Honestly, sometimes I feel like Carrie on that one &quot;Sex and the City&quot; episode where she <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVchsrlP59I" target="_blank">registers for shoes</a>.</p> <p>Well, needless to say, I have no children, but I&rsquo;m finally getting the hang of this buying gifts thing. And even better, pretty much all of my Facebook friends have children, so they made me even better. Recently I did a poll of my friends about the best baby gifts they received and added a little pricing research. The result is this collection of budget friendly gifts you can buy for a friend or loved one&rsquo;s newest little bundle of joy. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-a-new-baby-really-needs">What a New Baby Really Needs</a>)</p> <h2>$0-$10 Gifts</h2> <p>Why, you wonder, does this collection start at zero dollars? Because of...</p> <p><strong>1. DIY Coupons: Cost of Paper</strong></p> <p>This might sound a bit hokey, but it&rsquo;s a great idea from one of my friends.</p> <p>New parents are tired and might be desperate for a night off or a good meal. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">Make them a coupon book</a> and offer to prepare dinner, babysit later, or if photography is your hobby &mdash; offer a photo sesh. You could also find out the thing New Mom missed most during pregnancy and offer to buy in bulk as a present after the birth. In the case of one of my best friends, it was ceviche. I didn&rsquo;t buy in bulk, but I did go get some, and she was a happy camper.</p> <p><strong>2. Boppy Pillow Slipcover: $9.98</strong></p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t know what the Boppy is, scroll down. If you do know and you know your friend already has one, buy them a <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Boppy-Nursing-Pillow-Slipcover-Truffles/17215552" target="_blank">few extra slipcovers</a>. After all, if you know what it&rsquo;s for, then you know how terribly dirty it&rsquo;s going to get (spit up, anyone?).</p> <p><strong>3. Pacifiers: $5.99-9.99</strong></p> <p>Binkies. Pacis. Nuks. Whatever you want to call them, a baby can never have too many <a href="http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=pacifiers&amp;category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories" target="_blank">pacifiers</a>. And they&rsquo;re the perfect thing to round out a gift.</p> <p><strong>4. Baby Gowns, 0-6 Months: $7.99-$10.99</strong></p> <p>No buttons, zippers, or fuss &mdash; baby gowns are perfect for wrapping babies up tight without having to mess with fasteners. Give the gift of a <a href="http://www.target.com/p/circo-baby-2-pack-gown-set-yellow-grey-0-3m/-/A-13525143#prodSlot=medium_1_11&amp;term=baby+gowns" target="_blank">Circo 2-pack</a> or <a href="http://www.target.com/p/circo-baby-2-pack-gown-set-yellow-grey-0-3m/-/A-13525143#prodSlot=medium_1_11&amp;term=baby+gowns" target="_blank">Gerber 2-pack</a>, and give the new parents a little diaper-changing ease.</p> <p><strong>5. Baby Medicine: $1.99-$9.99</strong></p> <p>Another great gift for new parents is a basket of medicine &mdash; little things moms and dads might need along the way including <a href="http://www.target.com/p/children-s-little-noses-nasal-spray-1-oz/-/A-11053392#prodSlot=medium_1_3&amp;term=baby+medicine">nasal spray</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/baby-orajel-teething-gel-33-oz/-/A-10963177#prodSlot=medium_1_8&amp;term=baby+medicine">baby orajel</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/safety-1st-grow-with-me-medicine-dispensing-set/-/A-14061593#prodSlot=medium_1_17&amp;term=baby+medicine" target="_blank">Grow with Me medicine dispensing set</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/little-tummy-s-gas-drops-1-fl-oz/-/A-11198502#prodSlot=medium_1_27&amp;term=baby+medicine" target="_blank">gas drops</a>, <a href="http://www.target.com/p/dye-free-ibuprofen-berry-1-oz/-/A-11262813#prodSlot=medium_1_2&amp;term=baby+ibuprofen" target="_blank">infant ibuprofen</a> and anything else you can think of.</p> <p><strong>6. Baby Safety Nail Cutter: $3.99</strong></p> <p>Baby nails are surprisingly sharp, but unfortunately they&rsquo;re also unsurprisingly soft. Cutting them is a necessary evil, however, because otherwise the baby could cut up their legs. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cutter-Scissors-Manicure-Accessory-Easy-Fingernail-Clipper-1/dp/B002ZQLFPQ" target="_blank">Simba brand nail cutters</a> have great Amazon reviews and seem to solve the problem of cutting more than just a baby&rsquo;s nails.</p> <p><strong>7. Ouftits, 6-9 Months: $6-$13</strong></p> <p>When a baby is on the way, parents are inundated with tiny clothes, but once the baby has arrived, he or she is mostly dressed in baby gowns or swaddled, so when it comes time for the baby to wear their cute outfits, they've outgrown them. <a href="http://www.target.com/c/outfits-boys-clothing-baby/-/N-59yk2" target="_blank">Outfits</a> in the range of <a href="http://www.target.com/sb/girls-clothing-baby/-/N-5xtigZ5vgua#navigation=true&amp;viewType=large&amp;sortBy=bestselling&amp;minPrice=from&amp;maxPrice=to&amp;isleaf=false&amp;navigationPath=5xtigZ5vgua&amp;parentCategoryId=9976102&amp;facetedValue=/-/N-5xtigZ5wzgk&amp;RatingFacet=0&amp;categoryId=4394" target="_blank">6 to 9 months</a> seem to be one of the more important gifts you can give. Pick out some cute ones!</p> <h2>$10-$20 Gifts</h2> <p>There are more clothes to be had in this price range as well as some affordable maintenance gear.</p> <p><strong>8. Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack: $14.99</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;ve seen this <a href="http://www.target.com/p/boon-grass-countertop-drying-rack/-/A-12190250?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&amp;AFID=Google_PLA_df&amp;LNM=%7C12190250&amp;CPNG=Baby&amp;kpid=12190250&amp;LID=PA&amp;ci_src=17588969&amp;ci_sku=12190250" target="_blank">grass countertop drying rack</a> at many, many baby showers, and all parents attest to its greatness. The straight up-and-down design allows for even drying, and the color and style allows for that cuteness factor.</p> <p><strong>9. Diaper Genie Essentials Pail: $19.99</strong></p> <p>If your friend is going to be breast feeding or their outside garbage is far away, get them a <a href="http://www.target.com/p/diaper-genie-essentials-pail/-/A-14126367?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&amp;AFID=Google_PLA_df&amp;LNM=%7C14126367&amp;CPNG=Baby&amp;kpid=14126367&amp;LID=PA&amp;ci_src=27500988&amp;ci_sku=14126367" target="_blank">Diaper Genie</a>. It&rsquo;s perfect to keep the stink out, and most parents can&rsquo;t live without it. Bottle-fed babies go number two less, though, so it might not be a necessity for them.</p> <p><strong>10. Socks, All Sizes: $18.99</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.target.com/p/bibi-mimi-baby-socks-weekdays-0-12-months/-/A-11008476#prodSlot=medium_1_1&amp;term=baby+socks" target="_blank">Socks</a> of all shapes and sizes are a surprising necessity. Probably not surprising to parents, but surprising to me. Pick up a pack of socks, and the parents will be eternally grateful.</p> <p><strong>11. Backseat Mirror: $19.99</strong></p> <p>As you know, babies have to face the other way in the backseat. Buy a handy <a href="http://www.target.com/p/fisher-price-luv-u-zoo-music-lights-mirror/-/A-13931323#prodSlot=medium_1_5&amp;term=car+mirror" target="_blank">backseat mirror</a> so your friends won&rsquo;t ever miss a moment (well, besides the moments when they have to pay attention to the road).</p> <p><strong>12. Boogie Wipes: $10.99</strong></p> <p>None of my friends actually recommended these <a href="http://www.target.com/p/boogie-wipes-saline-nose-wipes-original-scent-set-of-3-90-wipes-total/-/A-11138563#prodSlot=medium_1_1&amp;term=saline+baby" target="_blank">boogie wipes</a>, I just really liked the name. And upon further investigation found out that they&rsquo;re actually more than just a cute name. They&rsquo;ve gotten <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Boogie-Wipes-Average-Chamomile-Vitamin/product-reviews/B0017HLF04/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&amp;showViewpoints=1&amp;sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending" target="_blank">great reviews</a>, but apparently going unscented is the best way to go.</p> <p><strong>13. Nosefrida the Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator: $14.54</strong></p> <p>Apparently Sweden does <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Nosefrida-The-Snotsucker-Nasal-Aspirator/dp/B00171WXII/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1358301839&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=swedish+snot+sucker" target="_blank">baby snot removal</a> much better than anyone else. In fact, I wish this had existed when I was little &mdash; the only thing I remember from my childhood was the evasive boogie removal. But this seems to do the trick, painlessly and easily.</p> <h2>$20-$30 Gifts</h2> <p>We're a ways from stroller territory, but we're definitely moving into long-term baby comfort and care with the gifts available in this price range.</p> <p><strong>14. Boppy Nursing Pillow: $29.98</strong></p> <p>Every mother (and father) attests to the <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Boppy-Bare-Naked-Nursing-Pillow/15220306" target="_blank">Boppy</a>. And as neither a mother nor father, I can attest to the effectiveness of the Boppy as well. Holding babies has never been easier!</p> <p><strong>15. Diapers: $25 and Up</strong></p> <p>No, seriously. Unless you&rsquo;ve had a baby or otherwise have a grasp of having a baby, this could surprise you &mdash; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers" target="_blank">diapers are expensive</a>! And although they&rsquo;re a seemingly boring or obvious present, they&rsquo;re extremely important. If you feel the present is lacking originality, try making a <a href="http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/08/how-to-make-a-diaper-cake-centerpiece/" target="_blank">diaper &quot;cake&quot;</a> (but don&rsquo;t frost it... the baby will do that).</p> <p><strong>16. Swaddle Blankets: $29.99</strong></p> <p>Swaddle blankets are rather expensive, probably because they work so well. The ones suggested to me cost over the limits I set for this article, so I did <a href="http://alphamom.com/pregnancy/swaddling-blankets-the-good-the-bad-the-useless/" target="_blank">a quick search</a> for one in the price range. Luckily, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&amp;x=0&amp;ref_=nb_sb_noss&amp;y=0&amp;field-keywords=aden%20%2B%20anais&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps" target="_blank">aden + anais</a> make an affordable and reliable option.</p> <p><em>What's the best baby gift you've ever given (or received)?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-best-baby-gifts-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-financial-gifts-for-children">Great Financial Gifts for Children</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-digital-food-scales">The 5 Best Digital Food Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-scales">The 5 Best Smart Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mountain-bikes">The 5 Best Mountain Bikes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Shopping baby gifts baby shower new parents product reviews Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:24:33 +0000 Jennifer Holder 967509 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Credit Cards for (New) Parents http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-for-new-parents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-best-credit-cards-for-new-parents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/parents_baby_bed_000019420696.jpg" alt="New parents with baby in bed" title="New parents with baby in bed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Any parent will tell you that there's nothing that can prepare you for how much having a baby will change your life. And while there's little that can be done to prepare you for how much a baby will change you finances, as a new mom (my son is now nine months old), I have one unexpected tip &mdash; apply for a new credit card.</p> <p>When you become a parent, where you spend your money changes drastically overnight. One night you're heading to happy hour after work, the next you're changing diapers and feeding a baby. You may have traveled every month pre-kid. Post-kid travel is far more difficult.</p> <p>Kids are amazing, but they change your lifestyle and spending habits. So, your credit card rewards program should probably change too. The good news is that several credit cards offer great rewards and protection for new moms and dads.</p> <h2>Your Spending Changes, and the Cards to Fit</h2> <p>Here are three major ways your spending changes with kids, and which credit cards you should use for your new ways of spending.</p> <h3>Pre-kids: You go out to movies, restaurants, and bars.<br /> Post-kids: You buy more groceries and stay home.</h3> <p>Any credit cards you have that pay high rewards for entertainment or dining out should be stashed in your freezer post-kids. You'll be doing a lot less of this than you did before children. (But that's ok, because your child entertains you with his constant discoveries and endless antics.)</p> <p>Instead of dining out or heading to the bar or movies, you'll be spending more time cooking at home. If you don't already have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries" title="The Best 5 Credit Cards for Groceries">rewards card that pays you top dollar for groceries</a>, get one now. My picks for cash back on groceries?</p> <h3>Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="97" alt="" src="http://usweb.dotomi.com/cj/feeds/4019917/images/bcpcardart_300x200.jpg" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=6&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xcardbutton" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" alt="Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express" title="Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express"><img alt="" class="img-exempt" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=6&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xend" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express</a> pays 6% cash back back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases, 3% back at U.S. gas stations, and 1% on other purchases. As a special offer, you can also earn 5% cash back on up to $4,000 of eligible travel purchases made within your first 6 months, worth up to $200. (You get cash back in the form of a statement credit.) New cardmembers also get a 0% introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months. (Then it becomes 13.24%-23.24% variable APR.)&nbsp;Even better, you earn $150 back after spending $1,000 in purchases in your first 3 months. While there is a $95 annual fee, if you spend just over $130 a month on gas and groceries you can earn about that much in rewards. And I don't know a parent who manages to spend less than $130 a month on groceries. Terms and conditions apply.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=6&amp;pp=1&amp;uv=xend" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Blue Cash Preferred&reg; Card from American Express today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="97" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/amex-everyday-credit-card-111115.png" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" alt="" /><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=2&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xcardbutton" title="The Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express" alt="The Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" class="img-exempt" alt="" /></a>If you want a card that offers extra points at US supermarkets, without an annual fee, the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=2&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xname" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express</a> is a great choice. You earn 2x points at US supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x), and 1 point for other purchases. Plus, make 20 or more purchases with your card in a billing period and get 20% extra points on those purchases less returns and credits &mdash; a useful feature when you find yourself making quick runs for various errands (diapers, wipes, formula, binky). New applicants also get a 0% introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months, which then becomes a 13.24%-23.24% variable APR. You also earn 10,000 Membership Reward&reg; points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months. Redeem your rewards for travel, gift cards, merchandise, or statement credits. Rack up the points and use them to plan a vacation when your little one is eighteen months or so. There is no annual fee. Terms and conditions apply.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=2&amp;pp=2&amp;uv=xend" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Amex EveryDay&reg; Credit Card from American Express today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Pre-kids: You can pack a weekend getaway bag in 15 minutes and jetset at a moment's notice<br /> Post-kids: Vacations are few and far between, due to the bigger costs and planning required</h3> <p>It used to be easy to drop what you were doing and take a few days off, whether it was a weekend trip to Vegas or a fun filled week in Mexico. Nowadays, each additional airfare required to get everyone on board is an extra few months of scrimping and saving. But don't worry. There are credit cards that will get you on your much deserved vacation sooner. Rack up on points and miles to get discounted tickets and rooms. There's no credit card to help you with the packing, though.</p> <h3>Starwood Preferred Guest&reg; Credit Card from American Express</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="97" src="http://www.imgsynergy.com/191x120/starwood-preferred-guest-consumer-081115.png" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" class="img-exempt" /><a style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;" href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=14&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xcardbutton" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" alt="Starwood Preferred Guest&reg; Credit Card from American Express" title="Starwood Preferred Guest&reg; Credit Card from American Express"><img alt="" class="img-exempt" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" /></a>The reason the <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=14&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xname" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Starwood Preferred Guest&reg; Credit Card from American Express</a> is so popular among travel hackers is that this card lets you redeem travel for both airfare and hotels, unlike many co-branded airlines and hotel credit cards. That means you can pick and choose the best deal for your family. American Express Membership Rewards allows you 1:1 transfer to loyalty programs which means their points can be more valuable than those of other reward credit cards. (See all our top picks for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">travel reward credit cards</a>.)</p> <p><strong>Sign up offer:</strong> Get 25,000 bonus Starpoints&reg; after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Annual fee of $95 is waived for the first year. Terms and conditions apply.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=14&amp;pp=3&amp;uv=xend" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest&reg; Credit Card from American Express today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Pre-kids: You go to many stores for household items.<br /> Post-kids: You start shopping mostly at one or two stores.</h3> <p>If pre-kids you went to one store for eggs and milk, and a different store for toilet paper and paper towels; post-kids you'll now shop at just one store for everything. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=1&amp;">Research shows this</a>, and companies are vying to be the one-store-fits-all for new parents. It's a hassle to take kids of any age in and out of their car seat and into multiple stores. Plus, you just don't have time to shop around like you used to.</p> <p>So how does this impact your rewards? You should get a rewards card for the place you shop the most. For many parents, including myself, this is Target and Amazon.</p> <h3>Target REDcard</h3> <p><img width="154" border="0" height="112" src="http://adn.impactradius.com/display-ad/2092-173676" alt="" style="float:right;margin:0 5px 5px 10px;" /><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=77&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xcardbutton" target="_blank" style="border:none;float:right;clear:right;margin: 0 5px 5px 10px;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/apply-now.png" class="img-exempt" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=77&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xname" target="_blank">Target REDCard</a> pays you 5% back on all Target purchases. And there's no yearly fee. So, when Target becomes your go-to store for pretty much everything from diaper rash ointment to baby food to laundry detergent to bananas, this card will save you quite a bit by giving you 5% back in rewards.</p> <p><a href="http://ct.wisebread.com/click.php?pg=18&amp;pid=77&amp;pp=4&amp;uv=xend" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to learn more and apply for the Target REDcard today!</strong></a></p> <h3>Amazon Rewards Visa</h3> <p>For the days when you just can't get out of the house to make it to Target, or the Babies R Us is too far of a drive, you'll find yourself ordering a lot from Amazon.</p> <p>In the first few months after our son was born we probably ordered items from Amazon 3+ times a week. These were items we didn't know we needed until suddenly we did. (Like the crib rail cover for when our son starting chewing on his crib and paint chips were going all over the floor and into his mouth.) Many parents also order diapers and baby food from Amazon because the bulk prices are excellent.</p> <p>Amazon happens to have their own card that pays <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theres-no-good-reason-not-to-get-the-amazoncom-rewards-visa-credit-card">3% back on all Amazon.com purchases</a>; 2% back at gas stations, restaurants, and drugstores; and 1% back for all other purchases. Additionally, you'll get a $30 Amazon gift card when approved for the card. With no annual fee, if you're spending several hundred dollars a month at Amazon, this card is worth adding to your wallet.</p> <p>I hope these credit cards will reward you well for the new spending your little bundle of joy will require.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a data-pin-height="28" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-do="buttonPin" href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-best-credit-cards-for-new-parents&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FBest%20Credit%20Cards%20for%20(New)%20Parents.jpg&amp;description=Best%20Credit%20Cards%20for%20(New)%20Parents"><img alt="" src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="250" height="374" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Best%20Credit%20Cards%20for%20%28New%29%20Parents.jpg" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-for-new-parents">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-for-back-to-school-shopping">5 Best Credit Cards for Back to School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards">The 5 Best 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-secured-credit-cards">The 5 Best Secured Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Family best credit cards new parents Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:36:44 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 954960 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Stock in Your Freezer Before Baby Arrives http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-stock-in-your-freezer-before-baby-arrives <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-stock-in-your-freezer-before-baby-arrives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stuffed freezer.jpg" alt="Freezer full of food" title="What to Stock in Your Freezer Before Baby Arrives" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have less than two weeks before my baby girl is due, so things are really coming down to the wire. Most of the preparations for the baby are done &mdash; the nursery is decorated, the newborn clothes are washed, the diapers are stashed, and my hospital checklist is taped to the front door. Now, I have the luxury of time to stock up on a supply of food for after the baby arrives. Based on talking to other moms and devouring pretty much every Internet article on the topic, I&rsquo;ve started to organize my freezing frenzy into a few simple categories. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a>)</p> <h2>Proteins</h2> <p>Breastfeeding moms say that high-protein snacks and meals are all-important in those first months when your body is consuming vast amounts of energy to produce milk for your little one. Anticipating this, I&rsquo;m cooking and freezing plenty of protein-rich foods.</p> <p><strong>Bolognese Sauce</strong></p> <p>Cook a big batch of meat sauce and freeze it in individual-size Tupperware or plastic baggies. Stack them in your freezer, and you&rsquo;ll have something quick to microwave and throw on some pasta or even on a slice of toast for a quick protein-rich meal.</p> <p><strong>Quiche</strong></p> <p>Quiches freeze well, and it&rsquo;s pretty easy to make several of them at once. Bake them in individual foil pie pans, and then freeze them for an easy meal. Even your non-cooking partner can figure out how to warm up a quiche in a preheated oven for 25 minutes while baby nurses.</p> <p><strong>Chili</strong></p> <p>A healthy beef or turkey chili, bulked up with beans, freezes really well. Be aware, however, that some babies are sensitive to beans or tomato sauce, so make sure you freeze a variety of foods.</p> <p><strong>Stew</strong></p> <p>When cooking dinner, make a double batch of beef or chicken stew, and freeze leftovers in individual portions.</p> <p><strong>Burritos</strong></p> <p>Make your own gourmet version of frozen burritos for a meal you can grab and eat. Heat them up in the microwave or oven (definitely go for the oven for better-tasting burritos).</p> <h2>Baked Goods</h2> <p>In addition to protein-rich meals, you&rsquo;re going to want snacks throughout the day. Muffins and quick breads freeze well &mdash; just thaw them, and they&rsquo;re just as moist and good as they were when you made them.</p> <p><strong>Muffins</strong></p> <p>Stock up on fiber-rich muffins that are hearty and will fill you up. Oatmeal muffins are a great choice because oatmeal is said to help your breast milk come in. Corn muffins and whole wheat muffins with antioxidant-rich berries are also delicious and healthy.</p> <p><strong>Quick Breads</strong></p> <p>Breads with fruit and vegetables in them will help you get fiber and nutrients and stay moist when frozen. Banana and zucchini bread, as well as carrot cake, are good choices. Cakes made with oil instead of butter are quicker and easier to make big batches of, and are healthier too.</p> <p><strong>Breads</strong></p> <p>Place a few loaves of your favorite sliced bread in the freezer so you don&rsquo;t have to go shopping for it when it runs out. You can thaw the entire loaf, or just pull out a couple frozen slices and pop them in the toaster for a quick <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-update-peanut-butter-and-jelly">PB&amp;J sandwich</a>. You can also freeze your favorite flour tortillas and artisan breads for thawing later. Pre-slice bagels and freeze them so they&rsquo;re ready to be warmed up in the toaster.</p> <p><strong>Granola Bars</strong></p> <p>If you like to make your own granola bars, be sure to freeze a stash of them for a quick postpartum snack. Beef them up with nuts and dried fruit for a more nutritionally complete snack (or meal, in some cases).</p> <p><strong>Cookie Dough</strong></p> <p>Just because you know you&rsquo;re going to miss fresh-baked cookies in those first few weeks.</p> <h2>Soups and Casseroles</h2> <p>Soups and casseroles are great dishes to stock up on because they can be complete meals in one dish. You&rsquo;re likely to receive a lot of lasagnas from helpful friends, so think about other casseroles that you can freeze for a little variety.</p> <p><strong>Soups</strong></p> <p>Pureed soups that are bulked up with a potato or two (and perhaps a smidgen of cream) are filling and healthy. Try a creamy cauliflower soup, leek and potato, butternut squash or pumpkin, lentil soup, or a filling edamame soup. Chowders are also hearty &mdash; try making an easy corn chowder with cream of corn, bacon or ham, veggies, and chunks of potato. Freeze them in individual-sized containers for easy reheating. I run them under the hot water tap for a minute, pop the frozen soup into a saucepan, and heat it up on the stove.</p> <p><strong>Casseroles</strong></p> <p>Tuna casserole, chicken and rice, shepherd&rsquo;s pie, baked ziti with sausage &mdash; these dishes are entire meals in one dish.</p> <h2>Store-Bought Frozen Foods</h2> <p>I&rsquo;d love to be able to stock my entire freezer with homemade foods, but given that D-day could come along any time now, I made a run to Costco and a few of my favorite grocery stores to stock up on premade frozen items.</p> <p><strong>Frozen Ravioli and Tortellini</strong></p> <p>Big bags of frozen stuffed <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oodles-of-noodles-25-ways-to-prepare-pasta">pasta</a> are cheap and easy to cook &mdash; they cook even faster than dried pasta and because they&rsquo;re stuffed, they don&rsquo;t need a whole lot more other than a jar of sauce.</p> <p><strong>Frozen Meatballs and Sausages</strong></p> <p>Precooked meatballs are a favorite in our house because all you have to do is thaw them and throw them in some sauce. Sausages, even uncooked ones, are also easy to cook once thawed &mdash; 12 minutes in a covered skillet with a bit of water and the bratwurst is ready. I separate the meatballs and sausages into meal-size portions in plastic baggies for the freezer. To thaw them quickly, I submerge the plastic bag in a cold water bath.</p> <p><strong>Frozen Vegetables</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;d prefer a fresh salad every time, but in a pinch, good quality frozen veggies can be steamed, stir-fried, or tossed with some pasta. No grocery store trip required.</p> <p><strong>Frozen Dumplings</strong></p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s a giant bag of potstickers or simple cheese and potato pierogies, dumplings are just as good after they&rsquo;ve been frozen. Steam or fry them, and add a salad or some steamed veggies for a quick meal.</p> <p><strong>Burgers</strong></p> <p>Get your partner into the habit of grilling you a meal by stocking hamburgers, salmon burgers, and veggie burgers in the freezer.</p> <p><em>What quick meals do you have stocked in your freezer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-stock-in-your-freezer-before-baby-arrives">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-stuff-and-coupons-for-new-parents">Free Stuff and Coupons for New Parents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-rules-thatll-save-you-big-in-babys-first-year">5 Money Rules That&#039;ll Save You Big in Baby&#039;s First Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-make-ahead-freezable-hot-breakfast-recipes">9 Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfast Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Food and Drink baby make ahead meals new parents stocking your freezer Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:48:20 +0000 Camilla Cheung 909889 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Stuff and Coupons for New Parents http://www.wisebread.com/free-stuff-and-coupons-for-new-parents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-stuff-and-coupons-for-new-parents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/new_parents.jpg" alt="New parents with baby" title="New parents with baby" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are a parent, there are a variety of online resources where you can get free stuff, including hundreds of dollars in coupons, samples, and more. Don't miss out &mdash; having a baby is so expensive that you'll want to save money every way you can. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-a-new-baby-really-needs">What a New Baby Really Needs</a>)</p> <h2>1. Baby to Bee</h2> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10416782">Baby to Bee</a> is a website and email list that offers pregnancy and baby articles, brand samples, coupons, and more.</p> <h2>2. Pampers Gifts to Grow</h2> <p><a href="http://en.giftstogrow.pampers.com/about.html">Pampers</a> puts reward codes on every box of diapers and wipes. You can sign up online and enter those codes. Once you have enough of them, you can redeem them for free stuff. I have personally redeemed codes for free Leap Pad books for my daughter. Pampers also regularly offers free Gifts to Grow codes. You can subscribe to our free daily <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">Best Deals Newsletter</a> to get those codes when they are available.</p> <h2>3. Huggies</h2> <p><a href="http://www.huggies.com/en-US/promotions">Huggies</a> offers a similar program to Pampers, but it isn't quite as good; mostly because their website rarely works. If you prefer the Huggies brand, though, it's one to check out, and it's free.</p> <h2>4. Similac StrongMoms</h2> <p><a href="http://similac.com/">Similac</a> is one of the best companies out there as far as freebies and discounts go. If you sign up with them you will regularly get $5+ coupons and samples.</p> <h2>5. Gerber</h2> <p><a href="http://www.gerber.com/allstages/special_offers.aspx">Gerber</a> has a variety of offers on its website. This includes an email list that will net you over $100 in coupons, special offers on Gerber life insurance, and even offers on clothing.</p> <h2>6. Enfamil</h2> <p><a href="http://www.enfamil.com/app/iwp/enf10/content.do?dm=enf&amp;id=-13493&amp;iwpst=B2C&amp;ls=0&amp;csred=1&amp;r=3488573505">Enfamil</a> is currently offering up to $250 in free gifts, plus coupons, when you sign up with them online.</p> <h2>7. Amazon Mom (&amp; Caregiver)</h2> <p>Sign up and get mega discounts on diapers, formula, and even three months of free two-day shipping. Check out the benefits of the subscribe and save options coupled with the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/info/">Amazon Mom</a> 30% discount. You can get your essentials nearly half price in some cases, all with free shipping. It's an excellent deal.</p> <h2>8. Earth's Best</h2> <p><a href="http://www.earthsbest.com/special-offers/earths-best-all-offers">Earth's Best</a> offers many free coupons, samples, and resources. Try the Earth's Best <a href="http://www.earthsbest.com/special-offers/earths-best-all-offers">free gift packs</a>, <a href="http://www.earthsbest.com/special-offers/earths-best-coupons">printable coupons</a>, and the <a href="http://www.earthsbest.com/share-n-save">Share-n-Save</a> program.</p> <h2>9. SnapFish</h2> <p>Sign up with <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-5656614">SnapFish</a> online and get your first roll of film delivered free, plus store your photos online for free, and share them with your friends and family.</p> <h2>10. Shutterfly</h2> <p>Sign up with <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=184362.10000765&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Shutterfly</a>, and get 50 free prints. You can store your photos forever with them, and there is no limit to space. They also have a quick website designer (free) that features your photos for family and friends to share and order. I personally love Shutterfly because I can order my prints online and have them sent to my local <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Target</a> or Walgreens for pickup. They also frequently run free and discounted offers for their existing customers, and I use them every year to design holiday presents with photos of my kids on them. The grandparents love them.</p> <p><em>This post contains affiliate links.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brooke-kaelin">Brooke Kaelin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-stuff-and-coupons-for-new-parents">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-stock-in-your-freezer-before-baby-arrives">What to Stock in Your Freezer Before Baby Arrives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-rules-thatll-save-you-big-in-babys-first-year">5 Money Rules That&#039;ll Save You Big in Baby&#039;s First Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-for-new-parents">Best Credit Cards for (New) Parents</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family baby free stuff for parents new parents Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:36:07 +0000 Brooke Kaelin 630041 at http://www.wisebread.com FREE copy of "What To Expect The First Year" book. http://www.wisebread.com/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7265404.jpg" alt="What to expect" title="What To Expect" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="377" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A quick 'deal of the day' for you, and it's a great one. When my wife and I were expecting out first child we read &quot;What To Expect When You're Expecting&quot; from cover to cover. When the baby arrived, we quickly turned to this book. It's wonderful, it's well written and you can get it absolutely FREE.</p> <p>The book is being given away in a promotion by <a href="http://www.whattoexpect.com/">WHATTOEXPECT.COM </a> and Balmex. The book has an R.R.P. of $15.95 (although you'll find it in most book stores for around $10). But this is a deal you just can't beat. <a href="http://www.whattoexpect.com/diaperrash/form.aspx">Click here </a> to get yours, or get it for a friend with a new baby.&nbsp;</p> <p>A quick 'deal of the day' for you, and it's a great one. When my wife and I were expecting out first child we read &quot;What To Expect When You're Expecting&quot; from cover to cover. When the baby arrived, we quickly turned to this book. It's wonderful, it's well written and you can get it absolutely FREE.</p> <p>The book is being given away in a promotion by <a href="http://www.whattoexpect.com/">WHATTOEXPECT.COM </a> and Balmex. The book has an R.R.P. of $15.95 (although you'll find it in most book stores for around $10). But this is a deal you just can't beat. <a href="http://www.whattoexpect.com/diaperrash/form.aspx">Click here </a> to get yours, or get it for a friend with a new baby.&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-18-cultured-freshwater-pearl-necklace">FREE 18&quot; Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video">Free movie rental from Hollywood Video</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stapler-stapler-free-20-swingline-stapler">&quot;Stapler. 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