In today’s volatile economy, many are trying to find ways to cut back. Families with young children are experiencing difficulty because growing children constantly require new clothing and new shoes. Some families are choosing to save money by visiting thrift stores and yard sales. However, it is possible to save a great deal of money on clothing and shoes by using coupons and coupon codes. If you know when to shop and are proactive in your search for coupons, you can maximize your savings and clothe your family for a fraction of the regular retail price.
Putting Your Game Plan Together
- Record your children’s growth. Begin keeping track of height, weight, clothing sizes and shoe sizes. You should start to see a pattern. You can use these patterns to estimate what size of clothing your children will need for the next year. Make sure that you update these figures every three to six months, or as your children grow, and keep these figures on hand in a purse or wallet so that you can easily refer to them whenever you are shopping.
- Watch your local clothing stores. Department, specialty and even discount stores all have a threshold of time for merchandise to sit on the racks. Once that time limit has been reached, there is almost always a surplus. These items are then put on sale at a generous discount. Once you become familiar with the patterns of your local stores, you can use that knowledge to your advantage.
- Be proactive in your search for coupon codes and traditional coupons. You can scan your favorite coupon sites, the local newspapers and mail inserts to locate coupons that you can use to discount your purchase. You will find that several of your favorite stores offer coupons in online and paper versions, so whether you prefer to shop in-store or online, you can easily obtain a discount on your purchase.
- Keep your coupons organized. You can find handy little coupon organizers at a variety of places or through online merchants, but if you want to get even more organized, make smaller tabbed inserts to put your “expiring soon” coupons up front. If you shop online frequently, then keep your favorite coupon sites bookmarked so that you can access your coupon codes quickly and easily.
- Keep an updated list of items that you and your family need. Cross off the items as they are purchased so that you don’t end up overspending later. If you are the main shopper for your family, it is unlikely that your spouse will accidentally purchase clothing or shoes without your knowledge. However, if you share the shopping responsibilities with your spouse, it is wise to keep him or her updated on what has been purchased. A quick text, note on the fridge or conversation over dinner will keep you both informed.
- Use your coupons or coupon codes when your favorite stores put their clothing and shoes on sale. Most stores do this near the end of a season, so be sure to pay attention to reap the benefits.
- Sign up for a rewards program if your store offers one. Rewards programs are a great way to earn additional discounts on your purchase. Many stores allow you to combine any rewards you earn (often redeemable in the form of exclusive store coupons or vouchers) with coupons and other discounts as well.
- Search online before your shopping trip if you do not yet have a coupon for the store that you plan to visit. It might take you a few minutes, but it could save you a significant amount on your purchase. There are several sites online that are dedicated to bringing their visitors all of the best coupons, so if a coupon for your store exists, you should have little trouble finding it.
- Buy what you and your family need and only what you need, use your coupons at checkout and enjoy keeping more money in your pocket when you shop!