Happy first day of summer! It hardly feels like summer here. Following a heat wave we had a few weeks ago, the temperatures have been in the 60s-70s. Not exactly swimming weather.
I’m going to blame hormones, because this week, I was completely obsessed with figuring out some baby-related things. We had an interesting discussion on whether I should attempt using cloth diapers, despite not having a washing machine inside my apartment (we have a coin-op machine downstairs). After tons of research, brainstorming different strategies, and e-mailing moms who have cloth diapered, and talking with Shane, I think that we’re going to try it anyway. Probably won’t start until the baby is at least a few weeks old. I know I’d regret it if we never gave it a shot.
Some commenters suggested I try finding a new apartment or rental house that has a washer/dryer in the unit. At first, I was absolutely against moving. It would be an enormous hassle, we wouldn’t have much help, if we found a place not close to a bus line or a Park n’ Ride, we might have to get a second car, etc. Then I thought I’d at least look to see what was available.
Turns out, a lot of nothing. True, I was being a bit picky in my search. I wanted a place on this side of town that was at least as large as our current place, on the bus line, and cheaper.
After looking through all the apartment rental web sites I could find, the classifieds of both city papers, craigslist, and who knows what else, I realized that the only way for us to have a washer/dryer in our apartment would be to move to a more expensive place. No thanks.
I just need to be content with what I have.
On to the link round-up!
Frugal Babe has a little boy who was born just a few weeks ago. She’s trying cloth diapering, and loves how easy it is for her.
PaidTwice explains how there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all shopping list for baby items. Everyone will need a place for baby to sleep and things for baby to wear, and a car seat, and that’s probably about the minimum basics that will be on everyone’s list. Some items are frivolous, and some just won’t work for every baby. She recommends buying as little as possible initially, and then adding to your supplies as needed.
Visit MoneySavingMom to see a long list of restaurants that offer “kids eat free” specials or similar offers.