Thursday, July 21, 2011

What to do when you just "need" something...

It's been awhile since I've had a frugal post, but now seems as good a time as any. 

You all have heard me talk a lot about watching for deals and buying things in advance, but sometimes, you don't realize you have a need for something until you really need it. 

It makes it hard to buy these things in advance, but it doesn't mean you can't get a deal on it. 

Today was one of those days for us. 

3 short points you need to know as background information:
  • We've been having issues keeping Bryton in his big boy bed to go to sleep.  Once he's asleep, it's fine, but up until that point, he likes to get up.  
  • Potty training is going remarkably (and a little bit unbelievably) well, so much that Bryton has been successfully dry all the way through the night into the wee hours of the morning, and when I say wee, I mean he's started waking up at 5:45 or 6 to go to the bathroom.  Not a bad thing, actually, it's a great thing, except that he won't go back to sleep after he's gone... 
  • I've been considering one of those 'ok to wake' products (the ones that have a time that you set and some kind of signal telling kids it's okay for them to get out of bed) for some time, but didn't feel as if we needed it... until now. 
And after two early mornings in a row where we've tried our little hearts out to get Bryton to stay back in bed... I decided it's worth a shot, and I started doing research.

Turns out they sell this cute (and possibly oh - so - helpful on a lot of levels) clock on amazon. 

Isn't he cute?  I feel like he needs a name... (I'm all about naming inanimate objects today...)

Anyway - this darling little clock is a clock (obviously), an alarm clock (for later on in life), displays both a manual clock and digital clock (for time learning), talks, serves as a nightlight, and has a feature that allows parents to set a time for an 'okay to wake' time and it remains yellow until that time and then it turns green.  I like this little guy.  Very helpful and educational. 

The problem: he's $40.  And okay, I know, he's $40 and will last through a kid's childhood, but really, $40?  On a clock?  So I discussed it with the hubs and decided that the $40 would probably be worth it in case the 5:45 a.m. wake up calls persist through the next few years of life, and then if Ansley starts them at that point.  We decided to make the splurge.

But you know I'm not satisfied with that... so - though I'm an avid 'amazoner' I decided to 'shop around' and see if I could find a place that had it at a reasonable price, that I could get cashback from ebates and had a coupon code.  (This is the whole point of this post, folks.)

Literally ten minutes of research turned up the fact that Barnes and Noble (seriously?) has this product in their gift section, $4 cheaper than Amazon, still with free shipping (because it's over $25), and there was a 15% off code, as well as 6% cashback from ebates!  I paid just at $32 to have this little darling guy shipped to my door (as opposed to $40) and will earn basically $2 back for the sale... a total savings of 25% just for 10 minutes of my time.

So, friends, if you have 10 minutes in your day and are looking to purchase something specific, it's worth it to at least give a valiant effort checking around!

Until next time-


  1. Q has that clock! I didn't shop around for it, though. Boo. We haven't implemented all it's features yet. Mostly got it as a night light, but we need to start learning how it works, and soon! I'm tired of getting up at 6:15 every morning to remind Q to stay in bed until we get up!

  2. Yay! We can try this together! B used to sleep so late (like 8 or 830 some days!!) Is this just that age or you think the light pouring in at 545 has something to do with it?

  3. yay for the clock! i have read about these and heard some success stories, though i can't remember where... of course, right now i can't remember to go to bed at night or what my name is. ;)