Friday, September 11, 2009
I love shopping for clothes for my kids, but I never pay full price for anything. Let's face it, with 5 kids of our own and now my 2 nephews, its a no brainer. I'm always looking for a great bargain but still have the desire to keep them stylish and relatively fashionably appropriate. However, realistically my house rule is; if it isn't on sale, we don't even consider it. Here are a few of my own fashion frugal ways that I use to save money on clothes:
-At the end of every season I shop the clearance rack for approximately 1-2 sizes larger than my children currently wear. I can usually score things 70-90% off and then pack them away for the next season. Its not always easy to try to predict kids sizes, especially mine who've seemingly all gone through a growth spurt. My nephews, who are age 1 and 3 are easier and a bit more predictable to shop for. Most of them time I've calculated correctly for the older kids, but there have been a few instances where my estimations have failed. With that, I usually will try to find some way to donate the un-fitting items through my church, neighbors, friends, or neighborhood thrift store.
-I always combine coupons and coupon codes with current sales promotions. For example, I will sign up for email alerts and get an additional 10% off just for doing so, or if I am a credit card holder or the retailer is having a special sale for cardholders (where you get an additional $10 off $50 or something similar) That is a perfect opportunity to scour the sale and clearance racks. Combine that strategy with the already existing sales of 50-75% off, and you'll find yourself effectively stretching your hard earned dollars.
-Comparison shop at your local Outlet Mall/ retailer. The trick here is knowing your prices and being able to effectively cost compare. Search for deeply discounted prices and other markdowns! One of my favorite Outlet stores is The Gap Outlet. They have fantastic prices and fashion forward styles for everyone in your family. I've always been successful in stocking up on some great deals for my family, from the babies to Mom & Dad.
BabyGap also features the cutest, latest styles that are durable and long wearing, and priced very well especially when you are buying at deeply discounted outlet prices! I've had alot of fun outfitting the (now) older kids there, and now I am enjoying the cool styles and immense savings as I outfit my baby nephews!
The Gap Outlet is now having their huge Semi-Annual Baby Sale September 11-24, 2009. Shop Gap Outlet stores and save up to 40% off the already low Factory Store prices during the semi-annual Baby Sale taking place now through September 24th. You’ll find irresistible prices on clothes for newborns, infants, and toddlers up to 5 years old. Shop any of the 200 Gap Outlet stores in the US or Canada. Thanks to the TwitterMoms for sharing this info and allowing me to share the exclusive TwitterMoms savings with my Multiple Blessings readers! Now is the time to stock up and save! You can find your local Gap Outlet here. You can also print this coupon and bring it when you shop to save an extra 10% off their already fantastic prices!
Don't let this great opportunity pass you by!