Yesterday I did dishes, I did laundry, and I comparison shopped online. The laundry and dishes aren’t really even worth mentioning aside from the fact that I actually did dishes and laundry. In the comparison shopping phase of things I made a list of all of the stuff we have left to get for Luke’s arrival and first year, and then compared prices between Amazon.com, Babies R Us, Target and Walmart.
What I seem to have found right now is that Amazon and Walmart usually are the same price for the same items. Of course there are some things that are cheaper at the other two stores too. With Amazon, target and babies r us 30-60 days prior to the estimated birth of your wee one, you will get a completion discount to finish buying up items from your registry. Babies R Us and target both give you a one time 10% off coupon. Amazon emails you a certificate for 19% off unless you are a member of Amazon mom, then it’s a 15% off coupon. The only caveat is that it can only be used for baby related items.
Tying in comparison shopping with the completion discount, it is going to save quite a bit of money buying online through Amazon with the extra 15% off. I don’t have an exact price breakdown yet, but I will once I have finished and I will share it with you all so you can see the price difference.
While I was online shopping I was hit pretty hard with a case of doubt. I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, and I’m even more unsure of whether or not I can do this. I don’t know if the things I think I need are true necessities or luxury items that my pocket book would rather I go without. I don’t know how were going to pay for the remaining items on our registry. I don’t know if my husbands income alone is enough to sustain us so that I can continue to stay at home with the little one. I don’t know if I am making the best decisions for my husband and this little guy. I just don’t know what the heck I am doing!
My plan for today (since I blogged about 12 hours earlier than normal) is to go have a good cry in the shower while sitting in the bottom of the tub, finish up my comparison shopping list and pick the best deals, and attempt to convince my husband to help me spring clean the bedroom. I might try to convince him that Luke and I need ice cream too……but we shall see.