Me and my girls

Me and my girls

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stroller Dilemma: Solved

I have finally found the time to sit down and write the conclusion to last week's post about trying to find a double stroller. The day after I wrote the post, I was ready to give up. I was mentally preparing myself to give up my dream of a double side-by-side stroller and was trying to convince myself that that 4 block walk to the park was sufficient exercise.

Thursday morning I went to my osteopath on St. Clair and just before leaving saw an email from Moms To Be and More letting me know that their As Is store was having a tax free event from that Thurs to Sat. My first thought was, oh maybe I could get a stroller there. Then I thought, but what are the chances they would have a double stroller let alone a BOB. So I went to my appointment during which I thought about a stroller (yes, I can be a bit obsessive)and then I decided that since I was in the neighbourhood, I might as well check the store (if I didn't it probably would haunt me).

SO off we trekked to the store and as I was pulling up to park, I saw the moms to be truck unloading boxes which looked like they had the BOB logo on the side. I tamped down my excitement because what are the chances that they would have the BOB DUallie in stock at the AS is store. We walked in the doors and there it was, a BOB Duallie! Turns out, they had 5 BOB strollers that had literally just arrived minutes before we had. They were $200 off the regular $649 and there was no tax.

By taking the chance and checking out the store, I had saved $250 (if you include the tax) and gotten the stroller I wanted. I think it was fate. The stroller gods were feeling sorry for me and decided to give me a break.

Now I just have to wait for a day that's not freezing and raining and I will get to use it!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Stroller Dilemma

I have a dilemma. While the girls are getting too old for a stroller, I am determined to get more exercise this spring and the only way I can fit it into my schedule is to walk the girls to school. This would give me a good hour long walk (total walk both ways) and for one of those ways, I would be pushing an extra 65 lbs.

The dilemma is that we have just about outgrown our Phil and Ted's double and so we need to purchase a side-by-side jogger to accommodate our growing children. The dilemma is that it is physically hurting me at the thought of spending upwards of $600 for a stroller. I have done some research and feel that the BOB Revolution is our best option. It is sturdy and has gotten rave reviews from the parents I have spoken to. It is, however, $659. This is not a purchase to be made lightly.

I was actually at the store this morning looking at it and the thought of actually spending this much money is tying my stomach into knots. I have been wracking my brain about how I can make our Phil and Ted's work (don't know how I can do this seeing as there is a weight limit and we are a few pounds shy of it). I have been trying to find other exercise options to no avail. I am now trying to convince myself that $659 is well worth having a healthier me.

I think I am going to have to sit with this idea of spending this much for a bit and see if gets any easier to swallow. I think I am partly torn as well because I would rather spend this money on a tablet.

I just wish stroller were less expensive. Oh, and I have been on Kijiji and Craig's List every day with no sign of a BOB for sale yet! I will continue to look but have a feeling that buying a new one is our only option.