Showing posts with label Money Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Money Tips. Show all posts

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Baby's Back to Cloth Diapers


Finally after moving and a period of bad diaper rash, we are finally back to cloth diapers! 
NOW let me tell you.....I was always the person to look disgusted when someone said they used cloth diapers. "Why would you EVER use cloth diapers" is what I always thought! But after getting a huge pay cut and the possibility of my husbands company going under I was searching for more extreme ways to save money. I'm not sure how came about but all the sudden here I was researching and buying our very own cloth diapers.
I choose Fuzzi Bunz as my choice diaper. Why Fuzzi Bunz?  Because the price was decent for what you got and they recieved rave reviews. I liked that the Fuzzi Bunz One Size was adjustable beyond the snaps in the front of the diaper.
Here are the features a Fuzzi Bunz has...

They make a perfect size diaper which runs between $13-$16, depending on the size. The perfect size is sized like clothes so when your child grows out of them you need to buy the next size up. Fuzzi Bunz also makes a One Size diaper (what we have). These ones run about $17-$18 but fit the child from birth to toddler years. I could use the same one size diaper to fit newborn daughter and later adjust it to fit my almost 5 year old son.
Here is what you get when you order a Fuzzi Bunz Diaper:
One Diaper, 2 Minky Inserts, and replacement elastic kit (not shown)
You get one large insert and one small. 
The reason I love the One Size Fuzzi Bunz is because of how adjustable they are. There have adjustable elastic and button straps on the back side of the diaper to adjust the fit around the belly as well as on each leg. Your diaper will come with a chart that shows you how to adjust to fit age or pound wise.
Adjustable Back
Adjustable leg straps
Another feature of the One Size are multiple snap options. I can choose 4 different leg snap options to ensure the fit around the baby's leg fits just right. There are also many options along the top for adjusting the size around the belly. This design is KEY when needing to adjust to fit either a 5lb newborn or a 45lb 5 year old!
The leg holes are lined very well with baby soft micro fleece for maximum comfort.
How I "stuff" my diapers:
Open up back "pocket" of diaper.
 Fold Insert in half, hot dog style.
 Make sure to have a firm hold and push insert all the way to the front of diaper.
 As you remove your hand try to smooth down wrinkles and creases to flatten out diaper.
And your done!

For my boys I tried a cheaper diaper, with the same idea behind the one size but it is adjustable by using snaps in the front of the diaper. To size it smaller you fold the front of the diaper and snap it together. I wasn't necessarily looking to size it as much as I wanted to try a cheaper version for my older boys. For night time these diapers work just fine but I would highly recommend buying a better quality diaper for 24 hour long time use. These diapers have no brand and were under $6. Found them on eBay.
For night time my boys have a larger bladder and would pee through the 2 inserts that came with them. At night time you want to double up inserts, even with the Fuzzi Bunz, because the diaper is going to be needed during your child's long sleep hours. I even had to buy extra "hemp" liners to add to the mix for the boys. You can buy hemp liners for $2-$4 a piece. I suggest buying more than one at a time...you get a better deal.

Here is my night time line up for the boys. Ages 2 1/2 and almost 5. For Brooklyn I just use one large insert and the small insert that comes with the diaper. She does not need a hemp liner yet.
Pictured below: 2 large liners and 1 hemp liner
I stack them together with the hemp liner at the bottom and then stuff the diaper how I would normally.

#1 question besides how much will it save me, LOL
What do you do when they poop!
You can buy thin flush-able liners that go outside of diaper pocket, sits right against baby's bum. It comes on a roll and looks alittle like a paper towel roll. You can get a roll of 100 for about $5 right now on eBay. The theory is that when they poop you just pick up flush able liners and flush them bye bye with little mess. When you baby is alittle older usually you know about what time they will poo so you don;t have to always add in a liner. LOL. These liners are also used for when you need to use any diaper ointments on baby. The ointment or powder that you'd use for a diaper rash can ruin your diapers absorbency.
 I have and tried using a liner for both easier poop mess and for diaper rash but I don't really like them. For the boys it was no biggy but they are now both potty trained that its unnecessary. For my daughter though I DO NOT like using them. The cloth diaper is made of micro fiber fleece that wicks away moisture in seconds. When you add the liner it tends to get soaked in urine but not keep it away from her bottom. I found most times the liner will give her diaper rash and I worry about her getting a bladder infection as the pee soaked liner will sometimes bunch up into her private area. LOL. SO when she does have diaper rash, which is hardly ever when using cloth diapers, I just use spare disposable diapers with ointment until its gone.

But you still have to deal with the POOP? YES!!
Here is what I do...
Hold soiled diaper by the back snap ends, folded together.
 Add the front ends into the folded mix.
 Grab the pocket flap and add to your hold.
 Then swish and dip into toilet. I will swish around in the toilet, flush the toilet and then repeat dipping and flushing. Yes.. I ring it out and then add it to my dirty diapers pile. THEN WASH YOUR HANDS! LOL! If you do this fairly soon after you change baby, the diaper will clean off very easy! 
Washer area where my dirty diaper basket is.
You don't want to put your diapers into a closed container or soak the Fuzzi Bunz. Placing them in an open container lets the diapers breathe and  "most the time" they do not smell.
You also do need to use different detergent than normal. There are some brands like Tide Free and Clear that are just fine to use with your diapers. I choose to use Charlies Soap, one tub can last me almost triple the load capacity it says the tub has. Thats because I only use it for my diapers. For a list of detergents that are safe for cloth diapers follow this link: Cloth Diaper Detergent Chart. Washing your diapers also shouldn't impact your water bill/comnsumption hardly at all, we choose the low level on the water and wash diapers every 2-3 days.

SO the #1 question besides the poop one???
How much does it really save???
*18 One Size Fuzzi Bunz that last 3 years: $324
Total cost over 3 years for disposable diapers: $2,859
*18 is a good number from newborn up. Its nice to basically have a 3 day supply so your not washing diapers all the time.

I also use disposables when we head out of the house or someone watches the kids. Its just way easier!!
I think I covered everything if you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment below!

Make the choice and switch to cloth diapers~
Bree and J
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Zaycon Foods





Zaycon Foods is fast, convenient, fresh, and affordable way to purchase BULK meats, fruits and more. When i say BULK I mean BULK...their last chicken sales event the MINIMUM you could buy was 40lbs...but buying in such a large quantity is well worth your dollar! Just hope you have room in you freezer...for us we have an extra.

The company is privately owned and based in the state of Washington. They sell only what they would eat themselves providing high quality, healthy food. Founded in 2009 they pride themselves on :
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • "No Sacred Chickens" (a tongue-in-cheek phrase for how they handle and deal with issues)
While only focusing on the commonly consumed food items such as fresh meats like chicken, beef, turkey, pork and fish they are able to deliver products direct from the farm/processor...the products are as fresh as if you had your own farm!

I have personally yet to try them...I missed out on the chicken sale event but when the next one comes around I will be looking forward to it! It is my understanding that this is how it works:
  • you sign up, select your location, and choose/purchase your item
  • the day of event/sale/pick up (this is usually one day and during select hours, you see this before purchase) you show up, they load, you drive away without even having to get out of your car
  • go home, freezer pack, cook and enjoy!


For more information follow these links:


Upcoming Event Details:

Maple Valley, WA True Cod, 93/7 Ground Beef, All Beef Hot Dogs and German Sausage
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Generational Hope Christian
26040 Southeast 216th St.
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Our savings events often sell out quickly. Remember, you may order until the cut-off date, or until the product is sold out.
Please add z@zayconfoods.com to your "safe senders" list to ensure that you continue to receive email notification from Zaycon Foods.
   

Products

Orders must be placed by Sunday, May 13, 2012 and payment must be received by Sunday, May 13, 2012.
Fresh Ground Beef, Lean (93/7) - 40 lbs
A 40 lb case containing 4 tubes of fine grind lean 93/7 ground beef. This product is LFTB free. Weight is approximate, meaning not all cases are exactly 40 lbs. If, upon delivery, your case is not 40 lbs, you will receive a credit to your Zaycon Foods account.
$3.29/lb
Each unit contains 40 lbs

1
Unit

$131.60
2
Units

$263.20
3
Units

$394.80
4
Units

$526.40
5
Units

$658.00
6
Units

$789.60
How many units would you like to order?

0 X $131.60 = $0.00

Premium all BEEF Hot Dogs
These ALL BEEF PREMIUM HOT DOGS are made with beef sirloin trimmings - There are 50 per 10 lb case.
$2.99/lb
Each unit contains 10 lbs

1
Unit

$29.90
2
Units

$59.80
3
Units

$89.70
4
Units

$119.60
5
Units

$149.50
6
Units

$179.40
How many units would you like to order?

0 X $29.90 = $0.00

Frozen Alaskan True Cod Fillets
IQF
$5.29/lb
Each unit contains 20 lbs

1
Unit

$105.80
2
Units

$211.60
3
Units

$317.40
4
Units

$423.20
5
Units

$529.00
6
Units

$634.80
How many units would you like to order?

0 X $105.80 = $0.00

German Sausage
pork & beef with spices
$2.99/lb
Each unit contains 10 lbs

1
Unit

$29.90
2
Units

$59.80
3
Units

$89.70
4
Units

$119.60
5
Units

$149.50
6
Units

$179.40
How many units would you like to order?

0 X $29.90 = $0.00


Reviews:

"I really like the chicken breasts we received. First, they are a great size. Chopped up, two chicken breasts can make a meal that lasts us 2 days. And they have a wonderful fresh taste to them. We originally received the chicken fresh so I had to freeze the remaining portions that I wasn’t going to use immediately. After being frozen for a couple of weeks, the chicken still has that fresh taste just like the ones I used right after receiving them."-surprisedmama.com

"I am so excited to see what else that Zaycon might be bringing to my area the next time that they are around. I love how they do it. They plan events for different areas in the US and if you are registered with them you will be notified about an event near you. They bring the truck out and pick up your fresh items from them. I know what you are thinking, "oh so they are like the Schwan's man". My answer to you is "NOT AT ALL". This is fresh, top quality product that is based on the region and the season. They may be having a peaches and chicken event and the next time they come to your area it might just be wonderful smoky bacon!!!! The products do come by the case, and if you are now thinking "well that is too much for my family", then you could split a case with a friend or neighbor. Honestly we are a family of 3 and buying things by the case is great and keeps my monthly grocery budget down as well as allows me to plan ahead with my meals."-southerncouponqueen.com

"I went down to my local pick-up location which was about 20 minutes from my home, not too bad of a commute. When I arrived everything was very well organized and ran quickly and easily. You stay in your car the whole time and are “checked-in” and given a card that indicates how many units you purchased. You then continue down 30 feet ahead to the back of the truck and trade your unit card over for your purchase. This system worked so well that there was no confusion and I was in and out in less than 10 minutes!"-amomstake.com

Gotta Feed the Family~
Bree and J
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I love coupons, deals and FREE stuff!

**2 AWESOME COUPONS**

20 FREE Birth Announcements
I used this coupon before for our Christmas cards this last year (don't think i sent them out, HA!) Anyway, used coupon, then spent enough to qualify for free shipping AND they had an online special (not a code, automatic discount) I got $40.00 worth of cards for $12.89!!!! 
I'm sure they want "new customers" only but I just used my husbands email.....or you can be really tricky and if it's worth it...like my Christmas cards were you can create a FREE email account... hotmail and gmail are the places to do these! LOL!
HURRY ON THIS ONE...ENDS I'M GUESSING IN MARCH

20% CASH BACK at DIAPERS.COM
If your not familiar with diapers.com....you should be! This place is great. Don't let the "diapers.com" fool you into this place just selling diapers. They have many different options with only one shopping cart. 
ONE SHOPPING CART...you shop their 5 different stores and check out ONCE!
  • Diapers.com includes diapers obviously, wipes, formula & feeding, furniture, clothes, bath & skin care, moms & maternity, baby gear, toys, etc. The also carry some of Costco's "Kirkland" brand items!!! And lots of incentives for returning to them to purchase diapers, etc!! This place is better than Babies R Us!
  • Soap.com includes household cleaning items, laundry, bath tissue, paper towels, razor refills, make up, fragrance, vitamins, etc. I use this store on a regular basis!!!
  • Wag.com includes everything and anything for your pet....reptile, small pet, fish, cat, dog, bird, etc!
  • Yoyo.com your every thing, every age toy store! Better than  Toys R Us, Target, Walmart toys COMBINED! You....AND you kids will love this place!!!!
  • Casa.com is......breath taking! Imagine a Home Depot, Target, Macy's, Walmart, Fred Myer, Lowes combined into one......do you see it??? Well HERE IT IS! There's home improvement, garden and patio, decor, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, nursery, tools and supplies....the list for Casa.com goes ON and ON and ON! This is some serious awesomness!!!!
BEST OF ALL WITH PURCHASE OF $49 ($25 FOR SOAP.COM) YOU GET FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING!!!! SERIOUSLY 2 DAY SHIPPING! EVEN IF ITS NOT FREE THERE IS NO EXTRA CHARGE AND IT'S ALWAYS 2 DAY SHIPPING!!!! 
When I space and realize I only have one last roll of toilet paper or the diapers and wipes days are numbered it's so nice to think i don't have to pack up all my kids, trek down to the store (never go to the close convenient one because of coarse its double the price. To just buy some wipes but end up spending unnecessary money on other crap i don't need. 
To know it will be here, no matter, in 2 days AND its super convenient AND cheap is the best feeling in the WORLD...besides when all the kids go to bed that is! LOL!
Did I also mention that they clip coupons FOR you!!! Yes it's true!! They try to keep up on regular coupons  for all items (i usually see this at Soap.com) and they make it super easy for you to claim! Did i say how much I love this place! LOL!

Go to diapers/soap/wag/yoyo/casa.com and see what you've been missing.....use this coupon while your at it or use the many they ALWAYS have on the website!

Shop the deals...get rewarded~
Bree and J

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day Week: Friday

Puget Sound Energy is helping us save energy with lots of tips and tricks and new products to help save power, resources and energy.  PugetSoundEnergy.com is a great place for resources, ideas, and a great paper less way to manage your bill.


Here are some great ways, some I've never known or heard of, to save...


Heating: 

  • If you have baseboard heaters, turn the thermostat down or off in unoccupied rooms and close the door. Do not do this if you have a furnace or heat pump.

Water Heating:

  • Install inexpensive pipe insulation on all exposed hot water pipes and on the first three feet of exposed cold water pipe that is connected to the water heater.


  • Wash clothes in cold water and take shorter showers.



Lighting: 

  • Choose the right bulb for each room. CFL bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit nearly every household fixture.

Appliances and Electronics: 

  • Many electronics draw power even when turned off. Plug items like TVs, DVD players and game consuls into power strips that you can switch off when not in use. Special “smart” power strips do this automatically


  • When cooking, match pots and pans to the right-sized burner. Use a microwave oven, rather than your stove, to heat food whenever possible



Weatherization: 

  • Use inexpensive weather-stripping and door sweeps to reduce air leaks around entry doors. For a no-cost fix, roll up a bath towel and hold it against the bottom of the door with a weight.

These tips and ideas from Puget Sound Energy,  Click Here to go directly to the tips and ideas page.



Save some power, money AND the Earth~
Bree and J
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day Week: Thursday

5 Easy ways to get your Kids involved!

1. Turn off the lights!  Helping you kids learn about conserving energy through simple tasks like turning off the lights and unplugging unnecessary chargers will conserve your money too!


2. Picking up trash!  Take a walk around your neighborhood and make a game of it.  Be sure to watch what your kids might want to pick up that they shouldn't!  Since their little hands are too small for gloves, try using sandwich baggies instead.  It might give you piece of mind too!


3. Turning off the water!  Brushing your teeth and washing your hands is very important and we don't want you to stop!  Turning off the water while your your brush is in your mouth is an easy example of how to save water.


4. Not wasting food!  Lots of communities can now recycle their food scraps in their yard waste containers.  Call your local services to find out more information!  You can also put your scraps in your own compost pile just remember no meat or dairy to keep pests away.


5. Recycled Art!  Our kids LOVE to draw and create with paper of all kinds.  Encouraging your kids to use both sides of the paper is another easy way to cut down on wasted paper!  You can make collages and other art projects from pass art.  We've even made seed starter pots from used pages out of a coloring book!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Money Saving Tip: DIY Pant Hanger



I have yet to try this on adult clothes, I would guess it could hold up lighter items but NO WAY on jeans!
Keep watching your wallet~
Bree and J

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