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Carseat Drama

November 30th, 2012 at 06:19 pm

Finished the month with a respectable $381 in savings/other income:

http://monkeymama.savingadvice.com/little-savings-add-up.html

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*FINALLY* sold two old booster carseats. I am beyond annoyed at how many people asked how old the seats were, and then berated us for trying to sell them (manufactured 2007). Seriously? It annoys me from an environmental standpoint. It's a glorified phone book to sit on. I'd be a little less annoyed if these were more serious type baby seats - though I am sure the whole "Destroy it because it is 5 years old" idea is still pretty ridiculous, no matter what kind of seat it is. Secondarily, maybe if we lived in an extreme climate or somewhere it might matter - Rolleyes

Anyway, I think it's just a sign of the times. Usually these types wouldn't buy a used carseat in the first place. ?? Or booster seats are okay to settle for used, just not old? Or the carseat industry is pushing this "old deteriorating plastic" thing more than in the past. I don't remember it being an issue when we sold the baby seats - they must have been about as old.

Well, I am just relieved we got them sold! I couldn't have destroyed them based on principal. Would have had to find a way to recycle them. Glad I don't have to. HA!

6 Responses to “Carseat Drama”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    It's the industry. They make your paranoid about buying perfectly good used carseats. I have sold some in the past, but barely gotten anything for them because people are so terrified.

  2. Sarah Says:

    Where I live (Ontario, Canada) it is illegal to sell used car seats and booster seats. It is a liability issue. There is no way of knowing if that seat has been involved in a car accident or not, which aparently makes them not as safe. Here we are able to drop the seats off for recycling, which is a little better than destroying them.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Nice job on the savings...did you earmark the money for anything?

  4. Monkey Mama Says:

    @Sarah - yeah, I personally wouldn't buy a used car seat. I admit I am one of those people. Ha! Though I am fine selling them because I know our seats have not been in any accidents and are in good condition. I'd buy a used seat from someone I knew hadn't been in any accidents, like a friend. But then again, it's not like you know how much the boxes were tossed around in shipping and such. !!

    @CCfree - No - I mentioned before that this is all things we do to keep our monthly bills reasonable and to keep our aggressive "pay ourselves first" savings goals. Sales, coupons, etc. Maybe new or different things I would earmark to mortgage - but nothing new this month.

    The $50 monthly credit card reward goes directly into our ROTHs. (It's the only way I can redeem it).

    The +$135 could have maybe gone somewhere else, but we had all sorts of school expenses AND dh bought a $150 toy (used). Which goes back to square one. I don't spend my paycheck, generally, on most our toys. It comes from the extra.

  5. Monkey Mama Says:

    Oh - and interest always goes to our savings. That is where it ends up, and I don't move it out of savings. Wink

  6. Homebody Says:

    I would buy used from someone I knew.

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