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Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More! Paperback – March 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys,
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press; 5th ed. edition (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889392146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889392141
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.

Customer Reviews

It has saved me tons of money already!
E. S. Gilmore
ANY NEW PARENT IS FOOLISH NOT TO READ THIS COVER TO COVER!!!!When I was pregnant with my first child, a friend recommended this book and I was skeptical.
Shoe Crazy
This book is all you really need to help you purchase the best quality products for your new baby.
G. Torres

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142 of 148 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
If I had reviewed this book during my pregnancy (as it appears many do), I would have given it 5 stars. The book was helpful in providing reviews of many products. When I was doing my pre-baby purchasing, this book was my "bible". I recommended it to several others.
However, post-baby, I found that many of the products even the authors said I "needed" were a big waste of money. I also strongly disagreed with them on a number of products, and ended up giving away or returning several highly-recommended products in exchange for others. Most of the book seems to be their opinion, and doesn't jive well with many seasoned parents that I know.
Furthermore, their tips for saving money are mainly common sense, or impractical. For instance, to save on maternity
clothes, they recommend getting ONE outfit with a skirt, pair of pants, and top, and switching them around... don't think most of us need a book for that.
If I had it to do over, I would buy a car seat, clothes, diapers, some baby wash , bassinet...and wait to see what else I'd really need and want til after baby was born. This book tends to promote unnecessary consumerism to vulnerable first-time parents.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kelly gill on June 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
As soon as I started looking through this book, I realized how valuable it would be to me and my husband. We take it with us whenever we go shopping for the baby because it is so helpful and objective. The "Wastes of Money" sections are great for our budget and while you can get details on the products throughout the chapters, you can also get succinct ratings on products at the end of each section. We registered with this book in hand and so far we feel like it has really been the most useful tool. The clerks at Babies 'R Us were impressed with our knowledge and could have conversations with us about the products without "upselling" to us. I think they knew we wouldn't go for anything the book didn't recommend! I'm am giving this to my friends when they get pregnant- it makes a great gift!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mom, wife, chick on December 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
...NOT just those people looking to save a few bucks! When my hubby and I were getting married, I bought the Fields' Wedding Bargains book and found that the best thing about it was the number of ideas and resources it gave me, when I had no idea where to start looking. I find the same to be true with this book, especially since this is our 1st child. Friends and family members can all give you advice but I find that 1) it is sometimes a bit outdated (and this can even be true of products just a few years old) and 2) is always biased. Now, having a "point-of-view" on a product is great, but I worry that parents who set out looking for the cheapest or most convenient baby product may not have done quite the research these authors have on things such as safety. The greatest thing is they take real-world use AND safety into consideration, and then compare it to lots and lots of brands (some you and your friends have never heard of but should not dismiss). They even review a companies customer service, something most of us don't think about while browsing in a store. I find often times that their rec's tend to match with the reviews on Amazon, but they offer additional advice that can put an overwhelmed new parents mind at ease. They also offer great tips and advice on lots of other baby and pregnancy topics, such as where to get great deals on maternity clothes, where the best garage sale deals are and most importantly WHAT NOT TO BORROW OR BUY SECONDHAND!!! Well-meaning friends and family may offer lots of things to you, which sounds great when you're on a budget, but risking a child's safety is never worth saving a few bucks.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Jordan on April 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is FABULOUS. I was a first time mom and looking for a way to decipher the huge amount of baby products out there - some of which I wasn't sure what they were! This book has a chapter on all the major types of products you would need and is well-organized and indexed.

It's kind of like a cross between Consumer Reports and your best friend. I would read and highlight the products that had gotten good reviews and then I have to admit to carrying it around with me when I went out to shop for things. Great advice on everything you will want to buy for your kiddo initially.

They give good recommendations on everything from car seats to bedding to high chairs to babyproofing to diaper bags. They rate items for quality and let you know if more money buys you a better product or not. They also have a healthy perspective on the idea of what is "sufficient"! They give good info on things you might want to pass up or that you really don't need (but that someone will be happy to sell you!)

They go thru maternity stuff too, so buy it well before you have the little one!

I have followed Denise and Alan Fields since they wrote their first Bridal Bargains books. They have proceeded to document and provide excellent advice for all of life's major events (and purchases)!!! They now have a Toddler Bargains book for toddler stuff. AND Denise has co-authored Baby 411 with a pediatrician. It's a fabulous book also for advice on baby care.

I think they're on version 6 of this book, so make sure you have the latest one. Can't recommend all their books enough!
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