Few parents can spend a fortune on their kids’ clothes. This spring’s jeans can be too short or too worn by fall. Kids outgrow their clothes quickly, and the cost of those new shirts and shoes can add up quickly. You don’t have to spend a fortune to give your child a stylish wardrobe. Use these creative shopping tricks to outsmart retailers and save money.
1. Shop off-season sales for huge discounts.
Retailers keep prices high when clothes for the upcoming season hit the sales floor. You won’t find deals on winter coats in October or salt water sandals in June. Wait until one month into the season, or – better yet – wait until the season is almost over to score the biggest bargains. Buying when demand is the highest not only means that you’ll pay higher prices, but you’ll also have a slimmer selection.
2. Join the secret club.
Many stores offer member rewards programs or other perks to buyers. You may have to sign up for their email list or ask for a special discount card to participate. Gymboree’s popular coupon program gives shoppers $25 in Gymbucks for every $50 they spend, but there’s a catch. You can earn and redeem Gymbucks during specified periods. If you forget to redeem your Gymbucks in time, you lose the discount.
3. Check your local consignment store.
If you have clothes that your kids have outgrown, take them to your local consignment store or a national chain like Once Upon a Child. Stores will pay you cash for clothes. Keep in mind that the store reserves the right to decline your clothes if they are out of season. If you ask for store credit instead of cash, you are more likely to get more for your clothes.
4. Use your education to your advantage.
If you are a teacher, some stores will offer you a special discount if you show your school i.d. J.Crew stores offer a 15% discount to teachers with a valid i.d. If you are a student with an email address ending in .edu, you can join Amazon Student, which gives you a free one-year trial of Amazon Prime. You can take advantage of low prices on children’s clothes and get free two-day shipping.
5. Shop online using coupon codes and discount sites.
Coupon sites like Retailmenot post coupon codes for online stores. Users provide feedback to tell other buyers which codes worked and which codes didn’t. Upromise is another site that offers discounts for shopping online at participating retailers. You’ll earn 5 percent or more cash back for your child’s college fund.
Don’t let your child’s wardrobe leave your wallet empty. With some creative shopping tricks, you can stretch your budget, while still making your child look and feel like a million dollars.
This is a guest post written by Hannah Whittenly. Hannah is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.
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