with 3 kids with 8 years difference between each of them, i will tell you what i did then and what i do now.
ds1...bought brand new all the time. name brand crap...Gap, Ralph Lauren...etc. etc. never expected to have dh2 so gave most of it away but did keep some things.
ds2...had a few things from ds1 but not much...bought all new crap from gap, etc. gave it to a friend who was having twins b/c well...i didnt need it anymore. ..wasnt gonig to have more kids.
now, Ethan only gets clothes at consignment stores,friends or yardsales.
today, i got 2 gap outfits, a CP pants and a Ralph Lauren shirt at a yard sale..all for $8! i NEVER buy new for Ethan. i almost did yesterday b/b the old exersaucer he has has a bunch of annoying sounds on it and i am tired of hearing it (he sits in it a few minutes while im on the computer at midnight..not long at all..but stilL). I foudn the one that i liked at BRU for $60. didnt get it though. guess what? we went to yard sales today and i saw the exact thing for $10. it was missing a piece so i didnt get it in the beginning, but i found the piece at another yard sale (free) and am getting the other exersaucer tomorrow (went back by and the woman gave me her number and ill pick it up).
also, craigslist is great.
i recommend never buying baby stuff brand new. all of E's clothes are name brand but if i pay $5 an outfit, thats alot for me!
i know..im cheap...but he looks great in his clothes and i love getting thigns for much less than i would buy new...AND i get to recycle!
Wally world is great for returns, though...ive always heard that.
i think it bites that Target wouldnt give you a general GC.
can you return the items you got for somethign useful?