Deal of the Day April 22, 2008

Planning a trip to Orlando?

Select Florida Wal-Mart stores are offering tickets with reduced prices to popular Florida attractions. It may just be worth your while to make your purchases once you reach the sunshine state. We randomly called Wal-Mart Supercenter 0817 in Kissimmee, Florida and were told purchasing tickets through them saves $12.99 per person on 3-day Disney World tickets, $3 per person for Universal, and $5.09 for adults and $4.02 for children + a 2nd day free on tickets to Sea World. Other attraction tickets available include Busch Gardens, Kennedy Space Center, Wet-n-Wild, Gatorland, Arabian Nights, Sleuths Mystery, and Pirates Dinner. Prices subject to change.

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Deal of the Day June 20, 2008

I’m going to Toys R Us tomorrow with the kids so I thoguht I’d pass this one along…

Shop Toys “R” Us online or in-stores for a savings of $5 on purchases of $25 or more. Use coupon code 922556 when shopping online, and this printable coupon for in-store use. There are some exclusions, see coupon for details. Expires 06/21/2008.

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Deal of the Day May 24, 2008

Memorial Day weekend usually brings some great sales.  If you’re expecting or know someone who is, why not take a trip out to pick up something for someone really, really small?

Shop Babies “R” Us for a $5 savings on purchases of $25 or more via coupon code 92138. Use this coupon, the first of it’s kind since March, for savings on apparel, gear, and toys for baby. Expires 05/26/2008.

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Deal of the Day April 24, 2008

Happy Birthday, Cheryl!

In addition to having some great sales, Babies “R” Us is giving away a free reusable shopping bag with any purchase. You must redeem this printable coupon upon checkout to get one. They could also pull double duty by carrying toys, or be used as a small diaper tote. Offer valid through 04/26/2008, or while supplies last.

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Important Safety Alert: Rethink Plastic!

The post scheduled for today, Self Storage Part 3 – How to Be a Smart Self Storer, will now be posted tomorrow. In my opinion this post was too important to delay. Please check back tomorrow to read the final installment in the Self Storage series.

The Today Show did a story this week focusing on the safety of the plastic containers we use to hold our water, leftover foods and even our babies’ juice and formula.

These concerns have been around for a number of years. I recall the concern about chemicals leaching into our food when we use plastic containers in the microwave. My concern was eased by the last media blitz on the subject, which debunked those allegations. “Perfectly safe,” they said.

The Today Show report brought those concerns crashing back, and then some. Their report focused on a number system on the bottom of plastic bottles and containers. The primary chemical (or group of chemicals) to make the plastic is assigned a number, and that number is stamped on the bottom of many (but not all, and that’s another big problem) bottles and containers. I believe they were originally assigned to assist with recycling efforts, but now those numbers are being associated with the safety of the plastic itself.

So, which are safe to use? That’s a matter of debate. Some scientists say a “1” on the bottle (what you find on most of your bottled water) means it’s safe, at least for one use. According to Dr. Leo Trasande of the Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (part of their School of Medicine) those bottles are difficult to wash and should never be re-used.

A “3”, “6”, or “7” would mean it’s potentially unsafe. According to Dr. Trasande , “The bottles with the numbers 3, 6 and 7 are not safe for use across the board.”

Some bottles with the number 7 indicate that the bottle contains bisphenol A, a chemical linked to reproductive and fertility problems. Many baby bottles are sevens. And some sippy-cups. Dandy.

This story is well worth watching.

The story caused such a stir they did a follow-up the next day.

I have cupboards full of plastic plates and cups that don’t even have numbers on the bottom. They are going into the trash.

Many of Son’s sippy cups, which are mostly Munchkin brand straw cups similar to the ones pictured above, are also not numbered. I’ve sent off an e-mail to the company inquiring as to what chemicals are used in making their plastics. Son will be using glass, at least for now.  He’s old enough and his motor skills are deft enough that I don’t have a huge safety concern about glass.   At least until he reaches adolescence.

I can’t just assume these plastics are safe any longer, assume that the companies will be forthcoming, assume that the government has the issue in hand. I’d much err on the side of safety.

What’s next?  The danger of Brussel sprouts?  Well, I can hope.

Will the Real Baby Daddy Please Swab Up

There are home pregnancy tests, home HIV tests and home drug tests. There are home ovulation tests, diabetes tests and cholesterol tests.

Home medical testing is a booming market, and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you can now answer the Who’s your baby daddy? question without leaving home. Just go down to the Rite Aid and drop $20 per possible Daddy. A cheek swab and another fistful of dollars for the lab later and you have your answer.

Maury Povich and Judge Hatchett must be shaking in their Manolo Blahnicks.

My first reaction to this news was a serious eye roll, followed by the usual lamentations about the deterioration of the family and it’s effects on society. Blah, blah,blah. I just couldn’t imagine someone getting pregnant and not knowing who fathered the child.

And then I remembered my Mom.

When I was thirteen someone broke into our apartment and raped her. I was on a sleepover at a friend’s house, but my sister was asleep in the bedroom next door. My mother did not resist; she was thinking only of my sister’s safety.

The next day she brought a huge Siberian husky home, and a few weeks later she found out she was pregnant. She didn’t know if the baby was her fiance’s or her rapist’s. She had enough issues, and didn’t feel that she could take on raising the child of her rapist. She couldn’t take the chance that it was his.

So she had an abortion. While I’ve always supported her decision, I’ve always felt a profound sadness when I think of the loss of my little brother or sister. I’m sure the experience has led to my own feelings about abortion.

Yeah, this test would have been good to have.

And people make errors in judgment. I thought back to a certain get-rid-of-the-new-guy-and-get-back-with-the-old-guy indiscretion in my youth where I could have been faced with this possibility if not for my at-least-two-and-sometimes-three-methods-of-birth-control-at-all-times policy.

So amidst all of the drama of uncertainty and irresponsible promiscuity that makes it’s way onto the public stages of Maury and Jerry and all the rest, I hope these tests can give some terrorized, ravaged, brave women, and some other regretful, now-making-better-choices ordinary women, some private peace of mind.

Deal of the Day March 1, 2008

Lots of my friends are having babies, or already have them. Here’s a way for them, and any of you, to save some money.

Carter’s has some great deals happening. First up is their Easter Sale that boasts savings of 40% on selected items. Then save $10 on purchases of $50 or more via this printable coupon. And finish up with a free $10 gift check for every $40 you spend. Offers valid for in-store shopping only. Coupon expires 03/05/2008. Gift check offer ends 03/13/2008.

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