Thrifty Smart Mama

Clothing: Just the Basics

  We’re doing an unscientific survey about the basic clothing needs of kids. So far, this is the list we’ve put together. We’d love your input, what would you add/subtract? We’d also love to know what your kids really have in their closete. So for example, you might say they need three or four pair...

A Message to Mamas: On Black Friday Stick to the List

BLACK FRIDAY IS COMING. BLACK FRIDAY IS COMING. BLACK FRIDAY IS COMING. Perhaps it’s the fear inspired by the thought of going to the stores on the day after Thanksgiving and the messianic fervor of the people in them that the name Black Friday immediately conjures up a terrorist group celebrating a religious holiday. Maybe...

Xmas at Halloween? Holiday Sprawl Smart Shopping Tips

Black Friday, the day that retailers traditionally offer ridiculously low prices and open their stores at ridiculously early times for ridiculously crazed customer isn’t just for the day after Thanksgiving anymore. In fact, and this is scary, retailers are breaking Black Friday like sales starting this Halloween weekend. Is nothing sacred? Can’t we just enjoy...

Bake a Warm Memory

We’ve been wondering what triggers warm memories of feeling safe at home? The sweetest of all our childhood memories is coming home from school to freshly made cakes, muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Just this morning we read the results of a chocolate chip taste test done by one of our favorite food blogs- Serious Eats....

A Mama B Gripe

We wish to issue a complaint. We’ve got nothing against Babies ‘R’ Us.  Yes, we’re a bit overwhelmed by the whole idea of a ‘baby superstore’—which makes you think you need waaaay more than you actually need. Don’t get us started on the whole baby bathtub racket. Or changing tables? Useless piece of furniture! Use...

Baby Needs Some Clothes

Are you a mama on a budget? Or in that phase of life where your friends’ kids are breeding like flies and you’re forced to send a baby gift every, like, thirty seconds? Check out Mama Bargains—just one item a day at deep, deep discount. Bibs, clothes, hats, toys, diaper bags, nursing bras, the whole...

Sorry, Toys R Us-Smart B Us Mamas

All the Mama B’s on your street are buying the same toys. Why not organize a swap? A toy library?