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It’s been 7 months since our 2nd daughter, Talia, was born, and I can finally write about our experience buying and selling our SNOO. For those unfamiliar with what makes this bassinet so special, here’s a video clip showing it in action:
About a month after she was born, we were ready to get some sleep, but Talia had other ideas. She was still waking up every 2-3 hours, and it was making us crazy. We knew that there was an option to buy a SNOO, but they’re really expensive, and could they really work that well? The price on the site was $1,160 plus tax plus shipping, so the total would have ended up being nearly $1,300 – and it wouldn’t have even arrived for 3 weeks!
We Caved and Bought One
We wanted sleep, but $1,300 seemed like a bit too much to pay. After all, parents have been dealing with crying babies for thousands of years, and if they could survive, surely we could. So I started looking on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for something more reasonable, and after a few days of waffling, finally decided that we’d buy a used one for $650.
I figured that our worst case scenario was that we’d use it for a few months and sell it again for $300-$400. If I could buy it for $650, I should be able to sell it for that much, too, right? And even if we took a bit of a loss, getting some sleep was going to be worth it!
We Got Our Sleep Back!
We got the Snoo, set it up, adjusted the settings (it’s kind of intense at first!), and within a few days, Talia started sleeping just a bit longer each night, and not having to sit there shushing her and instead being able to stay in bed was really nice.
At around 6 months, she was beginning to outgrow it, so I got ready to sell it. I put it on Facebook Marketplace with a $750 price tag, hoping I could make a nice profit on it! I got a few bites, but not at the price I wanted. I was happy to be patient, but I got a message with an interesting proposition: someone wanted to rent it out over Thanksgiving for visiting family. We agreed on $100 for a week, which sounded fantastic to me, and she picked it up and delivered it back to us without any issues.
Then I listed it on Facebook again with a reduced price of $700, and agreed to sell it for $650 a few days later. They came to pick it up and handed us same amount of cold hard cash that we had paid just a few months earlier.
All in all, we got to use the Snoo for 5 months, and were left with an extra $100 and countless hours of sleep than we started with.
When the festive season rolls around, it is easy to become distracted by the deals and the lists that your children or friends and family have given you, to the point where you may even consider looking at payday loans to help you cover the cost. However, this does not have to be the case so save the loan for a potential financial emergency and read on to see our tips on prioritising your spending on the lead up to Christmas
Set a Budget
One of the simple ways to prioritise your spending is to set a budget. Whether this is an overall budget or a budget per person this will help to cut the overall cost and allow you to enjoy the shopping experience. You can also apply a budget to Christmas food as well as your gifts, to help ensure that you have all the essentials for your festive feast without breaking the bank. This budget that you set yourself is crucial to stick to because although it may be tempting to splash the cash on some succulent sausages or spend money on the finest bubbly for the grandparents, this can all add up to a hefty sum when looking at the bank statement in January!
Search For Deals!
Shopping around the holiday season can be manic, with people fighting for the last gift for their loved ones and others wandering the store with tensions running high trying to find the right present, it can seem tempting to just grab something and go. However, by searching for deals on your key items that you need, you can find them for the cheapest price. This will help you to prioritize your savings and aid your financial status in the long term.
Alternatively, if you want to avoid the Christmas rush entirely, then why not plan ahead? By ordering online, you can not only find yourself some amazing deals but you can have them sent to your house in plenty of time. Also with a number of unmissable discounts online available over the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend, you may be able to find yourself some outstanding savings on that must have Christmas gift you have planned for a loved one!
When a gift that your loved one really wants is out of stock it can be a very stressful time. However, it is important to remember that some of the stores that you find online may stock your item at varying prices. By shopping around you allow yourself the option to look for the gift from multiple retailers and who knows you may even find an alternative gift that they will love even more!
With these tips as well as a number of others, you can be sure that you will have a completely stress free Christmas period, allowing you to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the most important gift of family. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!