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Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, strollers, maternity wear and much, much more! Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 465 user ratings
ISBN:1889392448
LANGUAGE:English

"I recently checked this book out at my library, looking for some tips in just a couple of key areas. But I ended up reading almost the entire thing just out of sheer interest, even the sections I'd already covered for my wedding!

The pros: There is a lot of really good information in here for the average bride. This is not the book to pick up if you are aiming for an over-the-top, no-budget-limitations wedding. If you want to learn some of the more practical sides of wedding planning, find out how to save a little money, or even how to figure out whether a professional is really worth your time and money, this is a great guide. It breaks down all the various aspects of wedding planning, discussing them in a brief, down-to-earth manner, which I really appreciated.

Another great aspect of this book: the resources! I kept Post-It notes handy to mark pages that I wanted to return to, specifically pages that listed websites to use. The section on invitations, for example, lists a number of different merchants you can go through, and grades them, giving you a really good scope of what you're going to find when you visit the websites or the stores.

I also liked the fact that it listed questions to ask different vendors and services. Some of these are things I would not have thought to check on, so I found this very useful. The back of the book also contains useful checklists.

The cons: I don't necessarily agree with everything this book says. In particular, the section where they essentially write off bridal expos as a place to see horrible dresses and then get bombarded with mail and email from merchants you never knew you were signing up for - I could not disagree more. At this stage in my wedding plan, I have been to four different expos/open houses and found them to be a really great way to see what's out there, and some alternative options. For example, when thinking about caterers, I'd have never thought of checking with the local grocery stores that offer hot food options, and at much more affordable prices than businesses that are based solely on their catering. It also allowed my fiancé and I to sample tons of different caterers and bakers without having to schedule dozens of appointments. I'm very pro-expo!

I also really disagreed with the book's rejection of David's Bridal. My personal experience there was a really positive one - I did not feel pressured, my consultant did a great job of helping me pick out dresses, she did not try to force me into buying anything when I told her we were still looking, and I didn't get barraged with ads from every wedding vendor out there. For a friend's wedding a few years ago, we bridesmaids all got our dresses from David's Bridal. They were extremely affordable, and one friend ordered the wrong dress color and didn't realize it till the day before the wedding. Even though it was her own mistake, DB refunded part of her dress cost.

Overall, I would very strongly recommend this book to men and women who are planning their weddings. It does a great job of breaking down the process in easy-to-digest chunks so that you're not overwhelmed with information. It's easy to navigate so you can come back to a section you might want to review later. Just be sure to take some of the advice with a grain of salt, and experience things for yourself instead of just taking it all from this book! The best bit of advice from this book that I agree with whole-heartedly: don't forget to have fun, because a wedding is just one day but your marriage is forever!
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" This really helped me narrow down the millions of choices that parents/parents to be have to make, esp. when creating a registry. Put me at ease since I don't come from a baby-centric background :) " said.

" Don't know what to register for? Buy this. " said.

" A friend recommended this title to me, and I would recommend it to anyone expecting a baby. It makes preparing and selecting items for a new baby much less overwhelming and provides useful costsaving tips. Kindle edition. 288 pages. " said.

" Yes this book has some obscure brands and the info gets outdated rather quickly, but starting from zero knowledge, this book gave me a decent What’s what. And the website is up to date so I could go there for current recommendations and ratings. I’d recommend this for someone who started with no knowledge about anything baby- like me! " said.

" Authors did a decent job of dismissing some pretty superfluous baby goods, but of course what's a need and what's a want is highly subjective and depends on the parents. I got this book from the library, so my access to the more updated website ratings was limited, and I think currency is important when it comes to rating makes and models. " said.

" Tremendously helpful, especially for first time parents who have no clue what to choose from the millions of baby items. I did not see this book as solely a resource for saving money, but more as advice for items you need/don't need, and things to consider as you make your selections. Only 4 stars, because even Mom Brain can't ignore typos, but I would absolutely recommend this book to help ease the stress of being overwhelmed by baby gear variety. " said.

"This book is amazing - especially for new parents to be like myself.
I think of it as a consumer reports type book on baby stuff. They don't have ads so their suggestions are unbiased.

Every chapter starts off with the extremely helpful "7 things you didn't know about" chapter topic: ex car seats, cribs, diaper pails. It's great advice on how to figure out what's needed for your child & family.

I'm so happy my cousin gifted me this book. I'm reading the current 12th edition.

There is also a companion website that has more advice & a searchable database of baby products - great for when you're deciding if you should purchase an item.
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