Saturday, August 3, 2013

Amazing Little Finds

Well, I seem to have spent half of the weekend shopping for the kids and wound up with some amazing finds! The 3 now have a decent fall wardrobe to start off with and it wasn't too hard on the checking account either. If you mom's are anything like me, you take an inventory as to what your children need for pants (what colors and sizes), jeans, shirts, and jackets and then head out.

For their clothes, I went to Children's Place, Old Navy, Kohl's, Baby Gap, Gap Kids, and Carter's. In addition to all clothing and shoes being tax free, I had 20% off coupons for all of these places. I also had a 5% off an entire day of shopping at Target through a rewards program. I didn't buy any clothes (although all of their kids clothes were 30% off, for those interested), but it was a good time to stock up on diapers. Target had some fantastic deals on clearance toys. I scored some Melissa & Doug crafts for almost 90% off and cheap Legos for the boys at 70% off.

To give everyone an idea of these fantastic deals, we spent less than $300 this entire shopping weekend. This includes gas for the van (driving around), a few groceries (Trader Joe's and Hy-Vee deals), diapers, new long sleeved pj's for all 3, jeans for all 3, shirts for the boys, a few new outfits for miss E, shorts for Harrison for next spring (ON and Children's Place only $5 a pair), new shoes for myself (Target clearance for $5), gym clothes for Max, play clothes for E & H, a polo for Matt, a shirt for me, crafts for daycare, a few new clearance toys, a Curious George book, some school supplies that were on sale this week, and new shelves for the basement for all of the daycare art supplies. I don't think I did too bad scoring some good deals! I feel quite accomplished when I save some moo-lah on the necessary purchases.
Fall pj's from Children's Place

A little tip for you money saving but stylish mommies and babies: sign up to receive Gap and Old Navy emails if you don't already. The emails will tell you what deals are going on in-store and online. I have saved BIG money and gotten better deals than I've ever gotten in my life by shopping both. For example: Gap brands recently had all of their clearance items an additional 40% off. When I went to the store, I found nothing for the kids. Online was a different story! I ordered $52 worth of clothes and the kids got: new shorts for $5 a piece, shirts for less than $4, pajama sets for $6, and more! Old Navy doesn't seem to run as great of deals, but many times, certain items will be several dollars cheaper online than in stores. Plus, $50 or more is free shipping!

Stay tuned for the next rendition of my Amazing Little Finds. Anything to help save a buck or two comes in handy for anyone!