Terror hits as I walked through clothing stores for the little ones I love. They want designed clothes, which I know will be out of style or too small a few months after I drop a couple hundred bucks on them. However I found how to give them what they want and also save my pocketbook.
I first went online and signed up for a bunch of store credit cards. If you are looking to buy a house or something in the near future this may not be a good idea for your credit store. I had no such goal so, credit score didn’t matter. What did matter was getting the sign-up bonus which, depending on the store, could be $10 or more. I then started using these. I managed to save about 10% by using store credit cards to take advantage of special promotions. Putting together a log of promotions, I was able to identify the 3 stores that had what my kids liked, had generally lower prices, and had great promotions. I started shopping exclusively at these stores and found some great surprises. One case was Kohl’s $10 cash which they gave out to card holders and was good on virtually anything in the store. This included clearance items. Shopping the clearance rack, I bought two outfits plus underwear and socks for three children for less than $30. The key was to time my store visits to when I had coupons and focus on the clearance racks. On clearance, especially for out of season clothes, I could buy clothes for 75% or less of the ticket price. I even, with Kohl’s cash, purchased a winter jacket in May for less than $11.
The next tip was to make friends. This not only benefits my social calendar, but we started trading clothes. Gently used clothes of my kids was “brand new” for my friends’ children and visa versus. My kids thought I was great “buying” them all these new clothes, and I didn’t spend a penny on the clothes. As an added bonus I saved myself the money for gas to Good Will, the location my childrens’ used clothes would otherwise go.
I also went online to sites such as Craigslist and bartering sites and was able to barter my smaller sized clothes with others for larger sized clothes. The fee was minimal on the sites only a couple dollars a month but it save me much more in clothing costs. As an added bonus I could get other things on the site too such as toys for the children.
Last but not least I check online for free coupons just using search engines to look for coupons at my select stores. Many times they offer significant discounts. If they are only available for online purchases, I buy online after taking my kids to the store to try the clothes out. It saves me 10% to sometimes 75% on clothes!