Friday, May 11, 2012

I Love Our Diaper Bag

I absolutely love our diaper bag. I never thought I'd be writing about a diaper bag on this blog but you know all about my debt so let's mix it up a little. We really wanted a designer diaper bag so we decided to give Juicy Couture a try. We got a black velour bag and it has just about every pocket and compartment for all the baby stuff. It also has pockets for cell phones and water bottles for mom. Here is what it looks like:


But here's the real reason why I'm writing and posting about a diaper bag. We took the baby in for her check up to the pediatrician and another mom just had to comment on our bag. But it was more like criticizing us? She's like you know your just going to get it dirty when they get older, or they're going to throw up on it. We couldn't really think of anything nice to say so we just smiled.

I wonder if it's the price that made her say something. These bags can go up to as much as $300. I found them on eBay for $275 and look how many have sold, they seem to be very popular with other moms as well:


Have a good weekend!

HS


19 comments:

  1. Hey! where's the rest of your comment 444!

    HS

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  2. Sorry, not much sense in a designer diaper bag! I carried the freebie that came from the hospital with both kids. Seriously, it's going to get goldfish crumbs in it when your baby is a toddler, be toted every place you go. There is no way to keep it pristine. Why would someone with thousands in medical bills spend money on this?

    This is such an insane purchase given your circumstances, I almost wondered if this post is some kind of joke!

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  3. Not a joke.. It was purchased back in 2011..

    HS

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  4. I love you, HS, but I do wonder if you have ever stepped back to read over your blog entries. Money issues are HARD. Debt is HARD. Feeling frustrated and at a loss about it all is HARD.

    All the same, I wonder if you stepped back and read through your blog from start to finish that you would see the pretty clear pattern of crazy expensive (needless) purchases mixed in with feeling down about your debt situation.

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  5. You need to let this idea that you have to have designer stuff go. Yeah, stuff is nice....but it is just going to keep you down. Don't you think that there are other bags that do the same thing that are WAY cheaper?

    Do you want to pass these values to your daughter? If you are ok with this, be prepared to be spending ALOT of money raising your child. Because she is going to be the one who has to have designer everything, and will be throwing her self down in a tantrum when she doesn't get what she wants.

    Better start saving for her brand new car for when she is 16 now.

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  6. Do you mind if I ask a question? - and this is sincere, out of curiosity because I'm somewhat of a social scientist. You said the two of you really wanted a designer bag and decided to give this particular brand a try. This sounds like (tell me if I'm wrong) the goal was to get "a designer bag" (brand not as important as the fact of being a designer bag) and then a particular designer was decided upon.

    What goes into the desire to buy something from a designer (and by that I assume it means a name-brand that is known to at least some people, and known to be expensive - or maybe sought-after?) Can you explain to me what the motivation is to buy something with a name others recognize as popular, in-demand, maybe exclusive (or maybe er... tasteful or aesthetically pleasing of whatever "designer" conveys)?

    I am really curious what goes into the decision to pay significantly more than you would for a similar utilitarian - and well-enough-appointed, respectable-looking "no-name-visible" brand bag for about $40 or so - that has a brand-name on it that I assume is designed to trigger some kind of recognition in others.

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  7. I know I asked a tough question, but it was a genuine one: I wanted to know whether the price and the name (in this case, emblazoned on the product which may or may not have been a selling point for you) have some value to the buyer in terms of conveying something to people who observe you using the bag. It's possible that it was bought for reasons like just "higher quality" but usually with a price that inflated, there's some value being assigned to the designer name and implied price point and I was wondering if you could elaborate on what motivated you to purchase it (and maybe other items with pricey identifiers.)

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  8. I agree with what Josey and Mysti have said.

    Being in debt is a time to scale back your expenditures to pay off the debt. There are lots of cute diaper bags you can get at Target! What happens when your daughter is old enough to only want designer items? I am all for a bit of a splurge now and then, but you need to send your child a message of "all things in moderation!"

    You have obviously acquired enough things (and the debt that goes with them) to give the appearance of success. I am sure you have a nice home, furnishings and TV's, and cars. Put a halt on any other purchases and tackle the debt.

    When we married 15 years ago, dh was in credit card debt. We lived in an old duplex in an embarassing part of town for the next two years to send all of our extra money to pay it off. You need to make a similiar plan.

    I say this gently. You come across as a very nice person, but your decision making....

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  9. I'm highly curious as to what other baby related splurges you made cause if you spent a high amount on a diaper bag I can only imagine cribs, strollers, etc.

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  10. I really don't understand you. This isn't a debt blog, this is a "I'll buy whatever I want & make crappy excuses as to why I must have this stuff while I respond to people's comments with passive aggressive 'tehehe oops!' like answers".

    I read because somewhere I'm hoping it clicks with you. But it doesn't seem to be. You spend and spend and spend, then you pay off a bit and make it look like you have all this debt, just to turn around and spend and spend again.

    And you've already mentioned that your wife doesn't know about this blog & I'm convinced that your wife doesn't know half of your "efforts" to get out of debt, yet you make her seem like the bad person for wanting to buy shirts or anything she does buy. And I'm pretty sure that is why you DON'T tell her about this blog, so you can continue to make it look like its her fault in some regards that you are in all this "debt".

    Anyone who actually gives a flying hoot about wanting to get out of debt would seriously try. You remind me of a 10 year old who only does what he is required because people are watching.

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  11. The blog is about getting out of debt but it is NOT a live frugal blog.. I paid down a lot of the credit card debt and now we're down to 6,500 if I didn't have so many medical bills coming in I could get some traction on the balance but for now I need to take care of those.

    HS

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  12. The fact that you didn't answer my question makes me fear that you misconstrued it as criticism. Fair enough that I think it's pretty obvious (well, at least you could make a good guess) that I would not choose the same - but not necessarily - I spend my money on things that are of value to me that may not be of value to others - although typically it's function more than name that would draw me in - but it kind of bugs me that you didn't answer my question even though I asked twice. I won't ask again, but I was and am genuinely courteous and it feels sort of dismissive that you didn't address it. I really want to know why someone would pay roughly 6x more than what's reasonable for a bag because it has a certain label on the outside of it - does it have to do with social approval?

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  13. I also have one more question for you, and I hope you'll see that I'm not trying to be critical as much as I'm trying to put the puzzle pieces together and actually help: Didn't you allude to having sizeable savings and/or investment accounts? Isn't there some way you could tap into those to pay off consumer debt if it would make you feel better to start over "debt-free"? People act like that's a big taboo, but if it's your money, it seems legitimate to me, even if you have to do something like take a loan from your 401K or even (gasp) cash some money in and take a penalty hit. I just get the idea that this debt has been such a monkey on your back, and I'm trying to think of ways to clear it which could result in psychological relief, because you guys already have a lot on your plate what with medical bills and being new parents.

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  14. I think we want to look good and be different, have a style LOL

    Could I tap in to the 401k or other savings accounts? sure I probably could but with the amount of debt left it's just not worth it... look back on the blog, debts used to be 13k, so I know I can handle the last 6.5k...

    HS

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  15. I'm glad you cleared up that you are not a frugal living blog. I think when I hear the word debt I expect people to also live frugally.

    We are without a doubt polar opposites when it comes to our lifestyles.

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  16. Are you guys new? This post isn't a joke, its par for the course here. He's a trolling shill. Or maybe a shilling troll.

    Half the posts on this blog are for goods/services which I am sure he is getting a kickback of sorts (definitely not a huge one, though). Come on, he's embedded a way to buy the bag within the post itself--I'm sure he's getting something.

    I've stopped being dissappointed by the blog owner and am now dissappointed by the blog commentors.

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  17. NO... I would at least have a link to the bag, all I had was a pic from eBay... and I don't accept guest posts. Only links on the sidebar for 300 USD.

    HS

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  18. So this is a blog about getting into debt? Designer diaper bag seems like a good start I guess.

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