Save vs. Splurge...

 I am honored to have the fantastic Katie from Moore from Katie here to talk about what items she advises saving on and which she says to splurge on when buying for baby!

Check her out at her Blog Moore from Katie then follow her on twitter HERE!  

She has a fun website that talks about baby, healthy living, fitness, and all things MOMMY!

Which Baby Items Are Worth the Extra Money?

When I was a new mom I faced so many decisions about what to buy for my baby. Would I really need that $200 baby swing? Was it safe to buy something used? Could a trust a used crib would stay together and keep my child safe? Along the way I learned which things were definitely worth the splurge and which were not.

Splurge: Jogging Stroller
One of the first items I bought that I decided was worth the “splurge” was a jogging stroller. They are incredibly easy to maneuver, especially compared to traditional strollers. I also found that my jogging stroller was easier to store and had a wheel lock, which made it easier to control. Plus, there are hand breaks for navigating ramps and hills. This is definitely a baby item worth spending the extra money.

Save: Diaper Research
On the flip side, my experience with my daughter showed me some areas I could save money (so I could afford my splurge). Believe it or not, cloth diapers really do save you money. There was a larger up front investment, but I recouped my costs within five months. You can shop around for used cloth diapers as well. Not only was my child more comfortable in cloth, but we also avoided the chemicals in disposable diapers. No more weird smells and fewer diaper rashes are both a win in my book!

Splurge: Cord Blood Banking
While I may have saved money with my diapering solution, I knew that one splurge I could not pass up was cord blood banking. My instincts told me to do anything possible to help protect my baby’s future health and this one was an easy choice. After learning about my baby's cord blood, I discovered I could preserve the valuable cells found within and that someday these cells could potentially be used in a medical treatment for my baby, or possibly a sibling. . As with any medical decision, you should discuss your available options with your doctor and then decide what is best for your baby and your family..

Splurge: Baby Laundry Detergent
One of the little areas to save is to not buy into everything geared for your little one. Let me tell you now that you do not need to spend extra for fancy baby laundry detergent. Sure, babies have more sensitive skin, but you can find a gentler soap that is much cheaper than the bottle with the baby on it. Choosing a dye and fragrance free detergent is just as good in my opinion. I have even had some friends who make their own detergent. They use every day household ingredients and save money at the same time.

Since my daughter is almost two, I often think about what I would change with a second baby. I learned so much from my first pregnancy and I’m able to cut costs efficiently- while keeping the family happy! Look closely at where your money is spent and I figure out you own ways to save- it becomes fun and easy!

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

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If you have been reading Frugal Fit Family, you know that I am a stinker for making money off the things that I am no longer using. If I can't use it, I either re-purpose it or sell it on Ebay. I recently found of a new way though to make cash off my used CDs, DVDs, and Games that is way easier and more profitable than selling on Ebay. Tell me a person who doesn't have at least a dozen of these guys laying around that simply aren't used and are just sitting there taking up space...Time to kick the clutter and make some cash. The MusicMagpie online service gives you CASH for your used items! They actually give you an instant buy price, pay for the shipping, and pay you via check for your items!

 Not only is it  a great way to make a few extra bucks BUT it can also end up helping the environment! 

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  • If you recycle just sixteen DVDs or CDs, you would have enough gas to run the average car for a mile.
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I wanted to see approximately what the valuations would be like for some miscellanious Dvd's and games that I had laying around the house and I was pleasantly surprised! I averaged about $2 per video (Roseanne's 8th season and toy story)! Some were a little less but it is PURE profit-and lets face it, how often am I going to break out the Roseanne dvd's not so likely!

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4 All Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

Today, I am featuring a guest post from Puraforce Remedies! If you have not checked their site out it NOW! They offer an amazing line of homeopathic remedies ranging from baby ear ace drops to stress relief drops and everything in between. You also should know that they care about doing good too...and you know that I am all about responsible companies!

5% of every sale is donated to the Homoeopathic Charity
Rebalance the Globe, a non profit organization dedicated
to providing long term healthcare solutions to impoverished
communities in developing countries

They offer reasonable prices and have a homeopathic line like I have not seen before so I strongly urge you to check it out!

Nicoe and her kids!
Nicole Cunningham, founder of Puraforce Remedies, is a qualified Practitioner of Homoeopathic Medicine with over 10 years experience as a clinician, speaker and educator, educating parents and promoting/selling natural alternatives internationally. Follow and Learn more about Homeopathy on Facebook & Twitter.





Here is what Nicole is really here to talk about....4 All Natural Remedies for Dry Skin!

Summer is here and while most are thrilled, some are just not happy about it! While we are able to enjoy beaches and bbq’s, these hot temperatures can easily affect our health and skin - from dry skin to exhaustion.

Speaking of dry skin, it can actually be prevented and repaired naturally. Dryness is always unpleasant, causing symptoms of itchiness and flakiness along with insecurity. Some of us even suffer all year round. You’ll be pleased to know that you can find remedies in your own home. Below are just a few of those natural home remedies.

Water - This might be a no brainer, but I can’t stress enough how important drinking water is. It helps keep our body hydrated (this includes our skin). Drink at least 8 glasses a day for great health benefits and moisturized skin.

Oil - I know it might not sound or feel pleasant, but slabbing some oil over your dry skin can work wonders. The best oil options are olive, coconut, vegetable, avocado, glycerin, peanut, and sunflower. I prefer olive oil - it is afterall a main ingredient in many in-store moisturizers. Oh and please try to use organic oils!

Honey with Sugar - This is one of my favorite mixtures to exfoliate all those dead skin cells. It leaves your skin glowing, soft, and sweet like honey! If you don’t need an exfoliation, the honey alone works great as a moisturizer.

Oatmeal - Oats are an excellent source of fiber and are amazing to soak in. Soothing beyond belief, oatmeal baths treat itchy, dry, sensitive skin. Just like olive oil, many skin products contain oatmeal for its benefits. It can even treat your pet’s dry and itchy skin!

Please remember to follow Nicole and Puraforce Remedies at  Facebook & Twitter.She provides tons of tips, tricks, and product information! 

Thank you Nicole for swinging by to give us a few tips on how to keep our skin moisturized and glowing during the warm summer months!


I know we are all working on getting our meal plans ready to celebrate the 4th of July! Here are some awesome coupons to help you save money at the Grocery Store!

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