I have never been too crazy about brand names. Don’t get me wrong, if someone gave me a pair of Louboutins, I wouldn’t hate them…but I’m more about fit and quality, not the label. Whether it’s at Target, Kohls or Macys, if I like something and it’s the right price, I’ll buy it.
The same goes for shopping for my kids. Since I have three little ones in almost the same size, I tend to shop online when I can. Most likely, they won’t have enough of the same size at a store, but online I can easily add 2-3 of the same item to my cart. With the twins, it’s hard to find two of the same size…I tend to buy coordinating items in every color so they can mix and match (they are obsessed with dressing alike right now).
Since I’ve been bargain shopping for clothes since I can remember, I have quite a few tricks up my sleeve. With kids clothes, shop out of season for stock up items. In the fall, I buy swim suits, tanks and shorts in the next size up (or whatever size I’m assuming they’ll wear). In the spring, I’ll grab 80% off long sleeved shirts, snow boots or leggings. Right after Christmas, I try to snag holiday dresses for next year. Try to stay with basics, nothing too trendy. If I see a pair of cute shoes a size or two up at a great price, I’ll buy them also. Since kids fly through clothes as they get older, it’s nice to have the extras on hand.
I have found that Macys has the best sale prices for kid’s clearance. Since they always have an extra percentage off, you can score some amazing deals. When the twins were 1, I scored enough $2.99 jeans to last until they were 3! Children’s Place and Target are next on my list for clearance, especially after the holidays.
Do you have a junk email? It’s seriously a lifesaver! I hated all of the store and deal emails filling up my personal email, so I made a “junk” one. When I know I’m going to be shopping somewhere, I’ll flag the emails that might have discounts for me to use. I make sure to sign up for emails from every store I shop at. Best deals: Kohls, Children’s Place, Gymboree and Old Navy. Most of the time, you can just show your email in the store on your phone for the discount, no need to print everything! During the holiday season, I make sure to check my junk email daily for flash sales at our favorite stores.
When you’re shopping online, make sure you use Ebates for cash back on your orders and Retail Me Not for updated coupon codes. For in-store shopping, Target Cartwheel is my favorite. Before I shop at Target, I print off their online coupons (heads up: they frequently have apparel coupons!) and then while I’m in the store, I scan Cartwheel for extra deals.
Store Brand Clothes I Love:
- Target Circo & Cherokee
- Kohls Jumping Beans
- Kmart Wonder Kids (great for leggings and plain tees!)
- Meijer Fall’s Creek
- Babies R Us
I like to try every store brand I see and after a few washes and wears, I’ll judge whether or not we like it. For the twins, Circo shirts have been great, but Gabby has a longer torso and they end up too short for her. It will vary by child! I love Old Navy for trendier pieces, or dresses.
Another hidden clothing gem: Costco. Don’t buy Carter’s clothes anywhere else! Nice fleece pajamas are $7.49 right now. Even with a sale and coupon at Kohls, you can’t beat that. They also have the 2-piece outfits for super low prices. Did you know that you can buy a Costco gift card to shop there (meaning, you don’t need to be a member!)? For our family, it’s essential to shop at Costco every month, so we have a membership…but some families might not need the bulk.
As with grocery shopping, I set price goals. For basic tees, I try to spend around $5, jeans $5-$10, etc. By watching sales and clearance, you’ll know what a good price is. When I first had the twins, I had no clue and I would buy Carters items for full price! Never, ever pay the sticker price for Carters!
What are your shopping tips?