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Secret way to save money on baby gear

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This is actually a great secret way to save not only money but time on baby gear – and we all know time is money.

It's pretty simple. NEVER tell people the baby's gender. Keep your baby's gender under lock and key to save both time and money.

It's a girl! Frilly dress on the way!

How it works:

Friends and family will buy you plenty of baby gear. This rocks because, well, you need baby gear. You'll get clothes, toys, and all kinds of extra goodies. However, what I've noticed is that as soon as you tell people your baby's gender, people loose their flipping minds when it comes to practical baby gifts.

The gear you want is practical. You need diapers, basic onesies, blankets, and books. These are the sort of items I got when I was pregnant – why? Because I didn't tell anyone the gender.

What happens if you tell people the gender:

I've seen this happen to friends time and time again. They say, “Yay! It's a girl” and what do they get as baby gifts? 16 pink and frilly dresses that, by the way, your baby will never wear, flowery hair accessories (hair – on a baby?!), and pretty little princess decor items. Nothing practical, nothing you actually need. In my best friend's case, she made sure to write “NO fills and pink dresses!” on her baby shower invites – and she still got tons of pink dresses and frill.

On the flip side, my friends who have announced boy arrivals fair a bit better, but still get lots of silly stuff like baseball mitts, baseball hats, and lots of little car accessories.

The issue here, I'm guessing, is that people can't resist gender related gifts. Don't say the gender, and they get confused about what to do and thus go practical with the gift giving. While some gender-minded gifts can be fun, you don't need them. When you get too many silly gifts you'll need to go out and buy the actual stuff you need OR waste time returning stuff and dealing with people's feelings.

Not stating gender is a much easier way to get the baby gear you need as gifts.

What do you think? Have you seen this happen – because I see it all the time.

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