Setting up Registries
I've learned quite a bit about the registering process over the past few months. One of the perks of starting up registries at baby stores is the welcome gift bag they give you for starting a registry with them! Both Babies R' Us and Buy Buy Baby offer gift bags filled with free samples, coupons, magazines, and booklets to help you get started on your registry.
Though I have decided to use Buy Buy Baby as my primary registry, I set up registries at both places just to scope both places out.
Buy Buy Baby
Coupons: Take all (non-expired) Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons. I've noticed that their prices are a bit higher than Babies R' Us, but usually with a 20% coupon, it ends up coming out the same or cheaper than Babies R' Us. I also read that they will price match with any competitor including amazon, which often has cheaper prices!! I have not tried this out first-hand to see if they do, but will be looking into this.
Completion Program: "As a thank you for registering at buybuy BABY, we're pleased to offer you 2 opportunities to save on any items remaining on your registry." This discount is good for 3 months and from what I can gather, it is usually a 10% discount. I think this is only good on a one time purchase? Can anyone confirm this?
Friends Referral Program: Once you've registered at buybuy BABY, for each friend you refer who also registers at buybuy BABY, we'll send you a Referral Award valid for $25 off any purchase of $100 or more at any buybuy BABY store. Hey mom's to be out there!! If you plan to start a registry, remember to give my name, help a sister out! Email me for my full info if you need it: email@example.com
Goody Bag: Check out my loot from Buy Buy Baby!
Babies R' Us
Coupons: Don't really have store coupons, but their prices are generally lower than Buy Buy Baby anyway but NOT if you use a coupon for Buy Buy Baby.
Completion Program: I believe this is also 15% off of any items on your registry! However, I think this may be only use for a one time purchase - which seems crazy to me, but I can't find anything that says otherwise! Can anyone confirm this for me?
VIB: and "R" rewards program: You can earn points as people buy things off your registry, which seems like a cool plan.
Goody Bag: The loot from Babies R' Us was a bit different (not as many samples) as Buy Buy Baby
I created an account with myregistry.com as my "For Funsies" registry. This allows me to register for fun items from Etsy or other specialty item stores. It's mostly items that I would love to have, but wouldn't necessarily be able to justify buying myself. I imagine that mostly the "youngin's" who are invited to my shower will be able to figure this registry out better than the older crowd (You have to manually go to the account and say "I bought this item" if you buy it...otherwise, it doesn't get recorded as purchased) Overall, I like the idea of MyRegistry.com, I just hope that it actually a) works the way it's supposed to and b) people aren't too confused by it and actually use it.
My registries are still very much a work in progress, but they are getting there. I still have to figure out: crib, glider, high-chair, bedding, and other miscellaneous items!!
What other places have/will you register at? What items are you most excited about getting from your registry? I will be sharing some of my favorites next week!