These freebies ease the sting of recession
E-mail that I once regarded as a nuisance has become de rigueur as I pinch pennies. At least once a week, my inbox fills up with notices for deals. Since it doesn't seem that the economic slump is going away anytime soon, I gladly impart a few of my favorite money-saving opportunities with you.
• From the comfort of my seat I can shop sales like this one at Crazy 8, which heavily discounts children’s clothes year-round.
• At Shop it To Me, Mommas can chose their favorite brands and designers and let the little elves at this Web site send you an e-mail detailing deep discounts. Companies on this site range from the moderately priced Nine West for Mommas and Carter’s and The Children’s Place for little ones.
I also get plenty of invitations to join parenting clubs by major manufacturers to receive free coupons and free products. One of my favorites is Babyzone.com, which provides weekly e-newsletters and parenting advice. The site also offers links to free stuff from major baby product manufacturers. I signed up for the Huggies moms’ club. I receive suggestions for play time activities and coupons. There are also discounts for Chuck E. Cheese and parenting magazine offers.
And my favorite local find is Hillsborough County’s free book program, which provides reading material at no cost to any child living in the county who was born after Sept. 1, 2006. So far, my daughter has gotten a nice hardback age-appropriate book every month. The program ends when children turn 5. By that time, she’ll be ready for a library card. Improbably, there doesn’t appear to be a catch. It’s just a plain, ‘ole super steal of a deal.
-- Sherri Day