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Babies come with a lot of stuff.
It’s not just diapers and wipes. It’s cribs, car seats, bassinets, swings and a lot of clothes.
The problem is that babies don’t stay babies very long. Pretty soon, you’ll need clothes, car seats and other things for a small toddler. When it comes time to get that new stuff, it gets expensive. All things considered, it can cost well over $200,000 to raise a child these days.
Thankfully, Babies R Us gets it and is ready to help you save a bundle on your baby stuff upgrade.
Here’s How to Save at the Babies R Us Trade-In Event
Babies R Us will have its Greater Trade-In Event from Feb. 16-March 18.
Here’s how it works: Bring in the old baby items you don’t need, and Babies R Us will give you 25% off your next purchase. That can be huge. If you need to trade up from an infant car seat to a toddler car seat, you can easily drop $100 or more.
The “Greater” portion of this year’s event is the addition of clothing to the list of accepted items. How many outfits do you have that your little tyke only wore once or maybe not at all? Bring those in and get 25% off.
One caveat, though: If you bring in clothing, your 25% discount will only count toward the purchase of new clothes. So you can’t bring in 10 baby outfits and save a bundle on a new stroller.
Here is the list of accepted items:
- Car seat bases
- Clothing accessories
- Crib and toddler mattresses
- High chairs
- Infant chairs
- Infant swings
- Pop N’ plays
- Toddler and twin beds
- Travel systems
Your trade-in items do not need to be items that you purchased from Babies R Us. Nor do you need a receipt. Is it broken? That’s OK, too. You don’t have to bring in the same type of item you wish to buy, either. The point of events like these is to take unsafe baby items out of circulation and help parents get the items they need to keep Junior safe.
If you happen to be a Rewards R Us member, you can beat the rush with early access to the trade-in event from Feb. 11-15. Have an R Us credit card? If you make your purchase with your card after bringing in trade-in, your savings jump to 30%. Just remember to pay that off before you get hit with interest charges.
Your baby is growing, and so is your need for new stuff that’s fitting for their age. The Babies R Us Greater Trade-In event is a chance to make those upgrades, save a diaper-full of cash and get rid of the stuff you don’t need.
Don’t worry — your kid will be a teenager soon enough. Buying a new stroller is a lot easier than meeting their first date, right?
Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.