Some of the best advice when it came time to purchasing baby gear, and how to save money on it in the long run, came from my mother. When buying all the big items, swing, bouncer, highchair, travel system etcetera, go gender neutral. The second I found out that I was going to be having a baby girl, I went girly nuts! I registered for every pink, purple, or flower and butterfly covered item out there.
Now, I'm really glad that I listened to my mother's advice and opted for the pale yellow bouncer as opposed to the super-cute pink one that I did want. I know that this is going to save me some mega-bucks in the future when I won't have to go out and purchase a new swing, because I will already have one.