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Wednesday, June 17

Improvise

By virtue of being “poor”* sometimes I am a very cheap frugal person. So, rather than spend $200+ on a playpen I opted for this used crib for $50 (yes, it meets safety guidelines). Since it’s not for sleeping I snagged a crib bumper for $8 to prevent little chubby legs from getting stuck between bars (though I have no personal knowledge of how much such a tragedy would make Lucy cry…nope, none at all).

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Lucy digs it (when she’s not desperate to be held). She likes to peek over the top of the bumper to watch what we’re doing and to play peek-a-boo.

We dig it because though Lucy isn’t crawling yet but she’s definitely mobile enough that she needs to be contained from time to time. And our family room looks a lot less cluttered without her toys and play mat all over the floor.


Remember how I had leftovers of those art cards? Well, now I’ve found a use for them. Art cards + 3M hooks + clips = instant baby art gallery!

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Of course, I could have saved even more money if I stuck with this improvised playpen (Girla approved)!

What things have you improvised when you were short on cash or time? Tell me about it in the comments!

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*That’s the life of a student (or in this case, the life of the family of a student)!

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Mama Notes said...

hmm thats interesting. I think I would rather have a few toys in my living room than a crib! :) Just me though... good for you for saving some serious cash!


We have those art cards too and Lucas loves them! they're in his crib and he looks at them at night.

Holly Noelle said...

Well, it's not the ideal look, but having everything contained instead of spread across the floor makes things feel roomier.

Brandy said...

Grayson could just use his regular crib to play in since he doesn't sleep there. I'm all about saving the dollars. Consignment/thrift stores are my BFF.

Crystal HW said...

hey that works great! I have used diaper boxes to help sort Samantha's toys. She likes it because then her stuff has a place. I like it because they are small enough that they do not take up a bunch of space.

Holly Noelle said...

Those boxes are pretty sturdy too, aren't they?

TurtlePress said...

Just stopping by from SITS and love your blog! I don't have kids, so I tend to not relate to blogs that are mommy focused, but I love your writing style and think I could actually pick up a few great tips!

Holly Noelle said...

Glad you like it! I aim to please! ;)

OceanDreams said...

Good way to save! To answer your question, Boba is a tea drink that has tiny circles called Boba, that mainly consist of an Asian root or sugar. It tastes similar to a gummy bear! Yummy! Have a super day.

Lisa Best said...

I am all about "cheap finds"!

Fo me... I enjoy scrapbooking so I keep old holiday cards, books, buttons, shoelaces, bottlecaps, charms....everyhing! Thats how I save the big bucks when i'm ready to scrap!

Holly Noelle said...

Scrapbooking is not a cheap hobby. So that is super smart! I especially like the idea of using old greeting cards. I've used Christmas cards to make tree ornaments but never even thought to use them in that way. Very clever!

Natalie Gleaves said...

We bought Julia's car seat from Kid to Kid for $25. (It also meet the standards). Then we went back to buy a stroller and we got hooked up with the matching stroller for another $25. That saved a lot of money. I haven't bought a crib yet. We are using a playyard. If I can find a good used one when I go back to Utah, I'll do that.

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