East Bay Momma

A Frugal Momma Providing a Rich Childhood

Category Archives: baby/kids gear

Freecycle…Awesome!

Oh MAN have I discovered a wonderful phenomena: Freecycle! Freecycle is a non-profit grassroots, international association of member groups that enables folks to exchange unwanted items in order to keep things out of landfills. It is like a FREE garage sale on a massive scale. You can find your local group here and read their …

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Best Deal in the East Bay for Kid Clothes

Have you heard of Kindecycle? I hadn’t and I haven’t gone to one of the events yet but WOW what a concept! You meet up for designated “swaps” with your kids’ outgrown clothes in tow and pay $5. You then can pick up a bunch of clothes that will fit your kiddo. Genius! If you …

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Shop Goodwill? Sale on Oct 12th

Most frugal parents love a good consignment shop for kids clothes. I frequent ones in both the East Bay and in San Francisco. Lots of kid-specific shops have popped up in recent years. But don’t forget the old reliables like the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Of course it can be hit or miss but when …

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Free books for kids from Oakland Public Library

Check out the info on a free book give away this coming Saturday: Library Participating in Back-to-School Free Disney Book Giveaway Saturday, August 17, 11am-3pm Volunteers at eight locations of the Oakland Public Library (OPL) will distribute free books to children. The participating locations are: Main Library Children’s Room 81st Avenue Branch Brookfield Branch Elmhurst …

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Yard sale for a good cause

Doing the yard sale circuit this weekend? Here’s a good one to add to your list. Proceeds benefit kids of this Oakland school. See info reposted below: Ready for a sophisticated garage sale where everything is FREE? Saturday, August 17, 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Laurel Avenue (between California and Arizona Streets) This is a …

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Free carseat check

I posted before about how we attended a free carseat check hosted by the Alameda police and that it was scary how unsafely we had ours installed (even though we had read the manual). I had mostly gone because there was a rumor you would get free passes to Habitot (true!). I am so very …

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40% Off Shoes At Silver Moon @ Lake Merritt

Every thrifty mom has one or two things she probably doesn’t skimp on. It may be all organic produce or the best stroller or the fancy schmancey sunscreen. For me, it’s shoes. Feel free to judge me, but my daughters feet worry me quite a bit. I have shied away from hand me down shoes …

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Over 10,000 Free Books

If you are like me, super busy chasing after a toddler all day, you have very little time for pleasure reading. Maybe a few minutes before bed is about all I do. But I have discovered an awesome Bay Area resource for when I do get back to reading on a regular basis: the Bay …

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Costco: good for the thrifty Mom?

I go back and forth on whether or not our Costco membership and visits actually save us money. When my kiddo was a newborn and we were forced to use formula to supplement breast-feeding there was no question we needed to join: the formula alone was so much cheaper. When we switched from cloth diapers …

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Cheap Toddler Cooldown

Have a tot who is too sensitive for the high amounts of chlorine in public pools? Sick of rowdy older kids pushing and splashing your wee one? Grossed out by the bacteria levels in the local lakes? Daunted by the cold temperature of the bay and ocean water? Yeah, me too. But me and my …

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