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    Carseat Crazy bella_1818's Avatar
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    Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    My cousin just had twins about a month ago. Her children are riding in Graco 22's that she bought off craigslist

    She sent me a Facebook message asking for recommendations for next seats so she can start watching CL for deals

    She'll likely follow Tennessee's legal minimum requirements (FF at 1, booster at 4, belt at 4'9). She's a pediatric nurse and does know better.

    I know price is her main concern. What seat would you suggest?
    DS 6 years/ 46 inches/ 44lbs riding harnessed in a Frontier 85 and Frontier 90
    DD Riding in a B-Safe

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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    Two Cosco Sceneras, then assuming she was buying today, two Evenflo Maestros, two Harmony Lite Riders. Total cost: $108 for each child ($40/$55/$13).

    Wendy
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    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    The evenflo surefit is the longest lasting cheap convertible I can think of....but if she's not going to do anymore than the listed rfing/harnessing a scenera is about as cheap as it gets.
    Katherine mommy to Emma 5/06 (2 Big Kids) and Ellie 6/10 (Zebra FR90 and FF TF)

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    If she's looking for cheapest option I'd say Sceneras then Evenflo Amp HBB (later take the backs off). That would be $70 total a piece. Sceneras should get them to 4, then the Amps will get them till they're out boosters.

    For best practice use, the SureRides would be the best bang for her buck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wendytthomas View Post
    Two Cosco Sceneras, then assuming she was buying today, two Evenflo Maestros, two Harmony Lite Riders. Total cost: $108 for each child ($40/$55/$13).

    Wendy
    Where is the Maestro $55?
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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    Burlington Coat Factory, though I think it's selling out at that price.

    http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com...380591733.aspx

    Wendy
    wendy, cpst-i mom to
    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    the sureride (most kids will fit the harness til 6 or 7 yo (or expiration) and is on sale fairly often, I got mine for $80 at target, then a amp hbb for $35, take the back off eventually, so $115 per kid, you could save a $10 per kid if the goal is just to meet the minimums, but these seats would be good for best practice

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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    guide 65 followed by literider. $78+$12=$90 plus tax per child

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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Syllieann View Post
    guide 65 followed by literider. $78+$12=$90 plus tax per child
    The Guide doesn't fit newborns, though. The bottom slots are too high for all but the most super long torsoed newborns (10").

    Wendy
    wendy, cpst-i mom to
    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    Quote Originally Posted by wendytthomas View Post
    The Guide doesn't fit newborns, though. The bottom slots are too high for all but the most super long torsoed newborns (10").

    Wendy
    sounds like she is looking for a follow up to the sr22, not actually a seat for a newborn

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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    If she is in the Knoxville area let her know to look up Bargain Mart. It has really nice seats at low prices. Last time I was in there was a pile of about 10 in box Radians for $100 each and other very discounted seats that will last a long time. There are others throughout the state I think so she would just need to google it for locations. Hope that can help some!

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    Re: Birth to Belt-Cheapest Plan

    Two Sure Rides @ $80 each (you can almost always get them for $80 or less off Kohls.com with coupon codes) then two Lite Riders. Total cost: $93 each. Or less if you get a better price than $80 on the SureRides.
    Mom to 2 adults and 2 little kids.
    Tall 8 year old in Incognito; Petite 3 year old RF in CA65

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