If you or your partner are expecting a baby, then you really should know about baby clubs! This article explains what they are, and what great benefits they offer to new parents Thanks to the internet, it is easy for anyone to join and to start taking advantage of all the fantastic ways to save money when your new baby arrives.
What Are They?
Baby clubs are usually run by companies that specialize in baby products such as nappies and baby food, and also by toy companies and manufacturers of pushchairs and other essential items of baby equipment. They are often associated with a shopping site or shopping chain, so members receive notification of sales and special offers. Best of all, members receive regular baby coupons that can be exchanged for all kinds of baby supplies at a discount. When you have joined one of these clubs, you may never have to pay the full price for many vital items necessary for the care of your baby.
These days, most big supermarket chains run their own clubs. With so many well known and reputable companies running baby clubs, you should be able to make substantial savings at a time when you will almost certainly need to be watching the pennies! And don’t forget that there is no limit to the number you can join. You can look around to find all the most useful deals around and sign up to as many clubs as you please.
Most of the “big name” clubs offer integrated online shopping. This makes it a lot easier to use your coupons. You can simply enter an online coupon code on the club website then sit back and wait for your items to be delivered right to your front door.
So these clubs clearly offer great advantages in terms of saving money and convenience, but there is a lot more to discover about them. You will find other important and useful services on offer. For instance, many offer online libraries of parenting information that could be a tremendous help to new parents. You will be able to find good, up-to-date information and parenting advice on the club website which you can freely access at any time. For example, you could find information on daycares in my area, baby sitters or health insurance newborn. This is a particularly valuable service, as you may not feel like going to the library or bookshop during the first few weeks after a new baby arrives! If you join an online club while you are pregnant, you may receive plenty of useful advice and information about what to expect during the rest of your pregnancy and the delivery of your baby, which can be an important source of help and support.
Like their real-life counterparts, they can also introduce an important social dimension through online forums. Having other people to talk to who have gone through the same experiences can help with the feelings of isolation that often come as new parents adjust to life with a newborn baby. New parents are able to share news, advice and to find out what other mums and dads are saying through online diaries or forum posts. Later on, when you have some parenting experience of your own, you will be able to offer support to other struggling new parents that need some friendly advice. You may never meet your online friends in person, but you can still form rewarding “virtual” friendships.
What’s The Catch?
As they are free to join and offer so many great ways to save money and other advantages, it seems reasonable to wonder what the catch is! Well, you can rest assured that there really isn’t one.
By joining up and receiving coupons and offers over a number of months or years, the companies that run the clubs know that you are more likely to make a purchase from them sooner or later. They will be doing all they can to tempt you to join in the first place with freebies and special offers. Once you have become a member, they will keep the benefits coming so that you will be more inclined to buy their products. But remember that the final choice of what to buy is always yours!
It’s Easy To Join
It really couldn’t be simpler to join. Usually, all you need to do is to supply an email address so that you can be notified of new offers, and your postal address for sending all those goodies to. You will probably also be asked to give the age of you child or children, or the anticipated delivery date if you are still expecting. This is simply so that your club can send you offers that are appropriate to the age of your child
After you have signed up, you will start to receive special offers and coupons that can be redeemed for all kinds of baby products, including essentials like wipes, nappies and baby food. Coupons you get through the post can be redeemed in the store. You may also be able to download coupons from your club’s website or use coupon codes for shopping online. Best of all are the baby clubs with free gifts. You will also be able to take advantage of freebies and samples that will be a great help in the early days after the birth of your new baby and during those all-important first few years of life. Just imagine what a money-saver a good supply of free nappies would be!
You can usually find out about clubs from your doctor or from parenting magazines, and of course you can always go online to research the ones that you might want to join.
So to summarize, let’s look again at the benefits and advantages of joining:
- Coupons are sure to save you a great deal of money. Redeem your discount coupons for all kinds of essential baby supplies, like baby food, nappies, milk and wipes. You should never have to pay the full price on these essential items, especially if you belong to several clubs.
- You are likely to get freebies, either as trial size samples or perhaps as full products, on all sorts of baby items. You will often get free samples as a welcoming gift when you first join, and you should look out for any other freebies or special offers that come along later.
- Online shopping is a great advantage to busy parents, and clubs with integrated online shopping make it very easy for you to use your coupons by simply entering an online coupon code. You will not only be able to save money through special offers, you will also enjoy the convenience of having your purchases delivered right to your front door.
- They can offer helpful support and advice on many matters relating to bringing up your children through online libraries, club magazines and discussion forums.