Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Dumbest thing we bought for baby #teamTIGHTWAD 015



Families. What is the most ridiculous thing you bought for your child?
Mine was a pram parasol from a baby things chain store.

A really really expensive parasol - little umbrella - that you screw onto the side of a pram.
To protect the baby from the sun.

It was a crime that we didn’t have one on our pram.
And we had to buy it right there and then.
Because it was in front of us in the shop.
And it was sunny.

And we were going to damage our first born by allowing sunlight to fall upon it.

Why had I bought a pram so CHEAP that didn’t even have a parasol on it?

Well, turns out we hadn’t factored in a few things.

1
We had no sleep. This affects all of our spending decisions.
New parents look rude and arrogant - with their self- important swagger taking up the whole pavement.
“LOOK WHAT WE DID 14 MONTHS AGO.”
But it’s pure lack of sleep.
The reality is they’re barely standing up straight, let alone “Making decisions.”
The only decision you make with a baby is to keep your eyes open.

2
This thing - this parasol - was a piece of crap.
It had a flexible stem, like the microphone in a Drive-Thru McDonalds.
And the idea is that it’s totally adjustable.
aka Flimsy.

3
And this was the biggest.
What we, hadn’t factored in was that when you are driving a pram...
THE ANGLE OF THE SUN DOESN’T STAY THE SAME WHEN YOU ARE WALKING AROUND.
So the parasol will always, always, always be in the wrong position.

Bend it, angle it, lower it, there’s no point.
You’ll walk into a position where the shade from the parasol has to be moved.
It’s basic physics.

Basic physics to anyone who’s awake.
But we got shaken down.

Rinsed because we were WEAK.

They’re still selling it.
Under their “Essentials” range.
That’s the word you see when you haven’t had any sleep.
“Essentials”
(to which then you add, in your own head,
“FOR MY BABY TO SURVIVE AND GET MY DNA INTO THE NEXT GENERATION.”)

So that was our worst baby purchase.
That I still remember now.
What’s yours?

We are #teamTIGHTWAD, and this day we found joy spending on...

- Girls football training session.
- Decaf coconut latte in a chain coffee shop.
- Choi Kwang Do martial arts monthly fee.
- Water bill.
- Council Tax.

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