Car seats. So many choices, so little time to research them all, but I sure did try. I spent hours online researching convertible car seats. Our son is now barely 5 months old and is 20 pounds and some change. Most convertible car seats go up to 30 pounds, some go to 35, and very few go 40 and above. I called our pediatrician and asked, based on my son’s measurements, which rear-facing poundage I should be looking for. She said 40 pounds. Well, the good news is that limited my choices. The bad news…it limited my choices. But I found one I really liked. Unfortunately, no stores near me carried it. Their customer service stunk too, but I’m not here to talk about customer service so back to car seats. I kept researching and looking online. I still thought the best one was the only one I couldn’t find in stores (you know, the one with bad customer service). My husband did a bit of research. He wasn’t convinced that was the best and was concerned about the price. I thought the price was high too, but it went up to 50 pounds rear-facing and went to almost 100 pounds forward facing and it folded for better portability. I was also happy that we’d only have to buy one versus one and then a booster. One, in my mind, equaled less materials and resources. Anyway, we devoted a day to going to stores that sell car seats. After much discussion about the pros and cons of each, we decided to go with the car seat we could actually see in person that was half the cost of the one on the Internet. (You know the one with really terrible customer service.) Don’t tell my husband, but he taught me a lesson on car seat shopping day. He reminded me that stewardship affects other aspects of life, not just the environment. When all was said and done, we saved $150 by not going with the one online. Then the model we bought was on sale. We were asked if we wanted a rewards card for the store for 10% off. I said no, and Ryan gave me the look. The clerk then said she’d give us 20% off of that if we got one. My husband couldn’t resist (but he’s the math person and can move decimals, subtract, divide). In the end, we bought a $150 car seat for a little under $90. So what did we do with the savings? We gave it to a church fund for Haiti relief. Haiti, the land and its people, need healing today, not someday. Lessons learned from the car seat shuffle:
- Every purchase we make has an environmental consequence.
- It takes time and energy to make good choices.
- Many people in other parts of the world don’t have choices.
- Husbands who can do math, and have Godly hearts, offer wise counsel.