One of the ways I am able to keep us so well dressed (or in kiddos case, just dressed- that kid grows like a weed!), is I am always on the hunt for a good deal on clothes.
Here are a few ways we save:
I am always looking for coupons for department stores. JCPenney’s and Kohl’s are notorious for having dollar off (for example $5 of $25+ purchases) or percent off coupons. These coupon are either paper coupons mailed to you, or available to print on their website. In the case of JCPenney’s, these coupon codes can be used online too! Both Kohl’s and JCPenney’s give you the option of ordering online and having items shipped to the store closest to you for either free or a reduced shipping.
I order most of our clothes online, for a few reasons:
- Better selection than most stores, in terms of sizes and clearance goodies.
- I can search for extra discounts and coupon codes while I’m online.
- I can shop whenever (yes, even at 2am!).
- I can go through a shopping aggregator for extra savings.
Which brings me to my next tip: Use a Cashback/Points site. Two of my favorites are Topcashback or Mypoints. You will earn cash back in the form of a paypal payment, an Amazon.com gift card, or points that can redeemed for gift cards. You can use these sites along with a coupon code to save even more!
Most of these sites work with thousands of stores, so you’ll find a store that you like to shop!
If you have a rewards credit card, use that too. I do not ever use ATM/Debit Card online. While our bank account is FDIC insured, there is a long process involved in getting your money back in cases of fraud, whereas with our American Express, I make a few calls, and fill a form out online, and it’s done. PLUS- I earn extra cash back when I shop online at certain retailers or types of retailers.
Use Gift Cards (or Paypal)! If you have a pre-paid gift card from a rebate or gift, or if you have a Paypal Balance (I usually have a few bucks in my paypal account from doing surveys online), use it! Most online retailers accept Paypal.
Here is one of my last JCP.com purchases, using some of the tips above:
Kiddo needed new shorts. He keeps growing, so it was time for new shorts!
3 pairs of shorts $5.49/each
Polo Shirt $8.99
Sales Tax .80
-$10/$25 purchase coupon code (was available on the JCP website)
-$10 Gift Card (from the JCP rewards program)
Total Out Of Pocket $10.21 (I used my Paypal Balance to pay this)
I shopped through Topcashback to earn an extra 3% cash back (approx. .15. Every penny helps!)
Now hopefully the kid will stay the same size long enough for him to wear these new clothes out!