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My Fight With Zulily…

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I don’t keep much junk food in my house. There are no chips in my pantry, no cookies in my cupboards, no ice cream in my freezer. It’s not that I don’t like those things, I just can’t say no to them. I’d easily weigh 100 pounds more if I kept those things in my house with any regularity.

It’s the same with my e-mail box. I’ve shared before that I don’t sign up for Groupon type websites because I can’t say no to them either. There is one exception – Zulily.com. A friend, who was pregnant at the same time, told me to try out Zulily for maternity wear. I would check the occasional discount site but it all still seemed overpriced. Most of the time, I’d delete the weekly e-mail before opening it because I stopped caring about how I dressed (I think all prego women get to that point at the end).

Unfortunately, the website also runs deals on kids clothing, accessories, and toys. Once the kidlet was born, these e-mails became less and less resistible. I found myself longing after a Noah’s Ark play set or an adorable rocking horse. I knew I was in trouble when I actually added something to a checkout cart. I didn’t actually buy anything, but I’m sliding down a very slippery slope.

Before things spiral out of control, the kiddo’s room is loaded with cute toys, and my checking account is overdrawn…

I’m cutting myself off. Goodbye Zulily e-mails. Sigh.

Maybe I’ll go buy myself a single serving of Ben and Jerry’s as a consolation prize.


The Craigslist Trifecta…

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There are three statements your like to hear buying Craigslist goods…

‘I’m remodeling’
‘I’m cleaning out my garage and don’t have room’
And…
‘My wife isn’t home and I can’t remember how much she said to sell it for but I’m sure we’ll figure something out.’

I had been watching for deals on Craigslist for much needed baby supplies for a couple months but hadn’t found anything. I’m not picky… but I’m not particularly interested in your great aunt Myrtle’s crib that is ‘in great shape – but missing a few semi-important parts.’

Then, one lucky Thursday morning, I found ‘the one’. It was a crib in the perfect color, great condition, and offered at a reasonable price.

My husband and I went to take a look on Friday and the seller said, ‘I’m remodeling our home and I want to get rid of everything. I’m storing the remodeling supplies in my garage and don’t have room for all this baby stuff. My wife is not here, but I kinda remember how much she said she wanted.’

Cha-Ching! I hit the Craigslist trifecta.

He opened his sparkling clean garage and in a carefully covered corner was a stack of baby items.

The heavens opened and I heard the Hallelujah chorus.

The seller kept piling items into my husband’s truck until we had no more room. What did we escape with?

A travel system stroller, car seat, and base, nearly brand new with all the manuals and a note that read, ‘This car seat has never been in an accident, has not been recalled, and has never been placed in a shopping cart’ (Hmm. Someone is a little OCD like me!).
A heavy duty crib and a new mattress with the manuals and the orthopedic information on the mattress.
Adorable spotless bedding for a baby boy.
A medium duty stroller for when the travel system stroller gets too heavy.
A toddler car seat that read ‘This car seat has never been in an accident and has not been recalled’.
A Red Flyer wagon with off-road tires and wood siding straight from the box.

All for $170.

The wife called just before we left. From our end, we heard…

‘Yes. They decided to buy the crib and stroller.’
‘How much?’
‘ Oops. They already paid.’
‘I gave them the other stroller and toddler seat too.’
‘Free.’
‘Oh. Well, it’s already in their car.’
‘No. That’s rude.’
‘Sorry. It’s gone honey.’
‘They are driving off right this second.’

He hung up. ‘Whelp. I’m in trouble. But it’s worth it. I’ve got space! Have a great day guys.’

And off we went.

Score!!