Friday, February 17, 2006
Massive Rationalization Ahead
Dawn at Frugal for Life highlights some great blogs today. Educating The Wheelers post on baby essentials reminded me that many of the items on my list aren’t necessary.
Like the Vera Bradley diaper bag pictured above.
Sure, it was half-price at a thrift store ($2.50) which I was browsing while my son attended a (free) preschool enrichment class yesterday. I could use the insurance company tote bag or that plastic Enfamil propaganda pouch the hospital distributes instead.
Do I really need this “designer” nursing pillow ($2.50) when I could creatively arrange bedpillows I already own? (My Boppy disintegrated after a year of hard use.)
Let’s face it. Sometimes I battle warring powers of bargain hunting and simplicity.
In many ways, I do pare down: that diaper bag will carry a blanket, homemade wipes, a fresh sleeper and a couple of diapers—no bottles, pacifiers, assorted brain stimulation toys. I sold the wipe warmer and bottle sterilizer after our firstborn, and this time around, I need far, far less.
Still, I find myself sitting in the family room after church and admiring everyone’s cute baby stuff.
Then I think to myself, How far have I drifted from Amy Dacyzyn's breadbag diaper experiments? Frugality can be entirely too relative. I’ve bookmarked the Wheelers to keep myself honest.
Just don’t make me give up the diaper bag.
What baby paraphernalia are you too frugal to buy the second (or fifth) time around? What do you consider your essentials?