Expecting parents can also expect something else-- to spend a lot of money on baby stuff. They may be little, but babies can be expensive. As many as two in five parents say they weren't as prepared as they thought for the cost of a new baby, according to a study by REDBOOK. Data from the Department of Agriculture reveals that what parents spend on baby's first year depends on income and ranges from about $7,000 to $14,000. But no matter what your income level, spending less on things like diapers, cribs, and strollers is always a plus. A great way to do that is by working the coupon policies of big box stores like Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby.
Babies R Us
Coupon Stacking: Babies R Us does permit coupon stacking. This means that you can combine a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon as long as neither coupon says specifically that you can't do that.
Online Coupons: Manufacturer coupons you print from online are not allowed at Babies R Us, but you can print store coupons from the Internet.
Competitor Coupons: Babies R Us will accept Buy Buy Baby coupons as long as they're not expired. Some Babies R Us locations will also accept coupons from retailers like Target and Walmart, but this could vary by location. They also accept Carter's coupons but only on clothing.
Price Matching: Bring in a flyer from another retailer and Babies R Us will price match. If it's not in a flyer, but you saw a product cheaper at another store then you can ask an employee to call that store and verify the lower price. They'll also price match products you find online, but they'll have to add shipping and handling costs to the price match.
Coupons on Sale Items: Dollar off coupons, like $5 off a $25 purchase, will work on sale items. But a 20% off store coupon will not work on sale items.
Baby Registry Completion Coupon: If you register for baby gifts at Babies R Us you'll receive a 15% registry completion coupon as your due date approaches. It's a coupon that you can use to save money on all of the items that didn't get purchased on your registry, but there are exclusions like diapers, formula and certain brands. Babies R Us policy allows you to combine this coupon with other generic offers like $5 off a $25 purchase so you'll definitely want to stack coupons.
Rewards Program: Sign up for the Rewards R Us program to start earning rewards like gift cards. You'll get two points for every dollar spent or double that when you pay with a store credit card. You'll also get member-only discounts and shopping events. When you've earned 500 points you'll get a free $5 gift card.
Where to Get Store Coupons: You can get special discounts when you check in at Babies R Us on Foursquare or Facebook Places. You can also sign up for mobile coupons to regularly receive coupons on your phone like 20% off any regular priced toy or take an extra 30% off clearance baby gear.
Buy Buy Baby
Coupon Stacking: Buy Buy Baby does permit coupon stacking. This means that you can combine a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon.You can also throw a competitor coupon into the mix as well.You can also use more than one Buy Buy Baby or Bed Bath and Beyond coupon per transaction as long as none have expired.
Online Coupons: Valid manufacturer coupons printed from the Internet are accepted at Buy Buy Baby.
Competitor Coupons: Buy Buy Baby will accept Babies R Us coupons as long as they're not expired. You can also use Bed Bath and Beyond coupons here. Buy Buy Baby will also accept other competitor coupons for stores like Target and Kohl's, but this could vary by location.
Price Matching: This is a great opportunity to save at Buy Buy Baby. Download the free Scan app on your Smartphone. Scan every UPC on the items you are buying and if you find it cheaper online show the cashier. They will simply match that price as long as it's the same item. This won't work on sale items.
Coupons on Sale Items: Store coupons are accepted on sale items as long as there are no exclusions listed on the coupon.
Baby Registry Completion Coupon: If you register for baby gifts at Buy Buy Baby you'll receive a 10% registry completion coupon as your due date approaches. It's a coupon that you can use to save money on all of the items that didn't get purchased on your registry, and there are virtually no exclusions for this coupon. You'll also score a free goodie bag full of samples and coupons when you register at Buy Buy Baby.
Rewards Program: Buy Buy Baby does not currently have a rewards program.
Where to Get Store Coupons: You can get special discounts when you sign up to receive email and direct mail coupons from Buy Buy Baby. You can also do this for Bed Bath and Beyond, which you can also use at Buy Buy Baby. To get even more coupons, sign up to receive them on your phone by texting "OFFER" to 42229. You will regularly receive coupons good for 20% off any item, some exclusions apply. So you should never run out of coupons to use at Buy Buy Baby.
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