Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More Spending - We Need a Chair

I apologize for the TV purchase, most of you didn't like that one too much BUT rest assured and don't worry, I will have it paid off this at the end of this month. The issue now is the wife wants a new chair or recliner to hang out with the baby. I swear someone told me to get a good rocking chair to use with the baby, that it was essential for rocking and feeding. Did I listen? Of course not, and now the wife is asking me for a chair to do just that.

More spending! but hopefully this is the last big item. The plan is to get something that can go with our furniture and also serve the purpose of rocking the baby. I also want something that I can use a few years down the road so I decided to go with a leather recliner. I saw this one at Macy's for $599.00 but I remember seeing it a couple of weeks ago on sale for $499.99:


I tried it out in the store and it was very comfortable. I also read the reviews and most people seem to like it. The quality for that price is not bad so as soon as I see it for $499 I will go order it. Don't worry, I will not be adding any more debt. The reason I chose Macy's is because we have tons of gift cards from there that we haven't used. This is how much money we have saved up:

$100 Macy's Gift Card: Wife's Birthday Gift.
$75 Macy's Gift Card: I got this as a store credit when I returned Christmas gifts.
$50 Macy's Gift Card: Citi Thank You rewards, 5,000 points.
$40 Macy's Gift Card: Award I won from my previous consulting client.
$30 Macy's Gift Card: Not sure about this one... I think it was a birthday gift?
$100 cash: Miscellaneous cash we got at the hospital when baby was born.
$50 Target Visa: Baby gift.

That's all the money we have saved up. I also have a change jar that is full, usually I get $50 at Coinstar when full. I think you can get gift cards on there and avoid their fee. The rest of the money will come from our checking account and this purchase will be paid in full and with cash- NO DEBT!

HS

11 comments:

  1. No judgement here on the TV purchase!

    But may I make a suggestion on the rocking chair? In my expert, 13 months of being a Momma (ha! j/k) I may recommend a glider rocker like this one from Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Stork-Craft-Tuscany-Ottoman-Espresso/dp/B002BIIP2Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333512405&sr=8-2

    The reasons that I love it, it is easy to rock in, we have it in the nursery and it has been a life saver for those night time feedings.

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  2. No judgement here on the TV purchase!

    But may I make a suggestion on the rocking chair? In my expert, 13 months of being a Momma (ha! j/k) I may recommend a glider rocker like this one from Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Stork-Craft-Tuscany-Ottoman-Espresso/dp/B002BIIP2Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333512405&sr=8-2

    The reasons that I love it, it is easy to rock in, we have it in the nursery and it has been a life saver for those night time feedings.

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  3. I'm done; I can't watch this train wreck any more. Best of luck with the rest of your life, and I hope you and the fam get it figured out some day.

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  4. First off...a nice chair for rocking and nursing is a good thing. I personally didn't use mine that much, but I also have friends that LIVED in theirs.

    Second, good for you for finding a way to pay for it without using a credit card.

    But I agree with MommaBird...that style may not be what you really need. The one she listed is along the lines of what I suggest also. The separate ottoman is great if you want to put your feet up, or put them on the edge to have your knees bent. Much easier to get in and out of.

    Also...don't forget about Craigslist. I sold my barely used rocker (which was $400 new) for $100 to a very happy woman.

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  5. I'm not a mom, but I have tried to hold my nephew in a chair like that and it was really hard to get into and out of while still holding the baby. I had to hand him to my cousin to climb out.

    I also second the Craig's list suggestion!

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  6. Agreed - recliners are really hard to get out of with a baby in your arms, plus it's not very supportive to your back (which is hugely important as you are constantly holding the baby while breastfeeding - another reason a boppy is used all the time on our house). My nursing ottoman gets used constantly with my glider too.

    We got a Dutailier glider (which are more high end, but we found ours on Craig's List for $200 instead of $700), and I ADORE IT. Highly recommend.

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    As far as the TV purchase goes, I was honestly kind of shocked when I read that post. Sure you'll have it paid off soon, but it was totally unnecessary (right when you're in the midst of a sea of necessary purchases/bills), and it got paid off quickly at the expense of your Citi balance NOT getting paid.

    Have you ever tried putting a 48 hr moratorium on buying? For example, any time you want to buy something that costs more than $xxx, you have to think about it for 48 hrs before you pull the trigger? It might help you get a rein on the compulsive purchases.

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  7. Okay - I am about to state the obvious here. HS - the chair is not about your comfort. It is about the comfort for your wife and baby. And also, she may not want to feed the baby in the living room, but in the peace and quiet of the nursery. Dude, love ya to bits, but stop thinking about YOU and start thinking of your family.

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  8. Seriously? YOU sat in the chair and found it comfortable. Oh yay. Go you!

    Did your wife sit in it? Can she comfortably support the baby and nurse or feed her? Can she get out of it w/ a sleeping baby in her arms w/out help?

    $1400 for booze. $1400 for a TV. $500 for a chair for YOU.

    Dude. Selfish is bad enough when you're single. Grow up and take care of your family.

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  9. Seriously? YOU sat in the chair and found it comfortable. Oh yay. Go you!

    Did your wife sit in it? Can she comfortably support the baby and nurse or feed her? Can she get out of it w/ a sleeping baby in her arms w/out help?

    $1400 for booze. $1400 for a TV. $500 for a chair for YOU.

    Dude. Selfish is bad enough when you're single. Grow up and take care of your family.

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  10. You have the nicest, friendliest collection of blogfriends ever.

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