I am currently 1 week away from my 3rd trimester & with Emerson coming 3 weeks early, I am beginning to feel the clock winding down. One of the many, many things on our to do list was to get E in a big girl bed before the arrival of Little Baby. At the suggestion of you lovely readers I searched craigslist & freecycle to absolutely no avail. After weighing all of our options & with time winding down, we finally had to bite the bullet & buy a brand new bed as economically as possible.
Using the refund from our Flex Spending Account we bought these bunk beds& trundle from Amazon for $422 after a $20 deduction from my Swagbucks giftcards. Though I doubt we will use the trundle as a bed, we essentially paid $141 for each bed, which seemed to be a fair price.
We chose to build the top bunk as E's bed so as to avoid (for now) purchasing 2 additional mattresses & additional guard rails. We then bought a Serta twin mattress for $99 from Big Lots, which was by far the cheapest price I found for a name brand mattress in our area.
When it came to bedding I spent absolutely no money. I have sheets & a blanket leftover from my freshman year of college & my MIL gave my husband the above quilt when he was having house guests for our wedding. Emerson has been very excited about her bed & I feel pleased that we purchased he a lovely bed as economically as possible. On to the next thing on the to do list...