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We live on a tight budget now that I'm staying home and John is working a less-than-fulfilling-but-at-least-it's-something job. Yes, I know that I could go back to work and make more money to contribute to our family, making things less "tight" and more managable, but John & I both feel that I belong at home for this season of our family's life. To make ends meet we've learned to live more frugal than ever before. And though I don't like running out of food money before the month's end or not having the funds for cool date nights, I have actually found joy in bargain hunting. I see it as another little way that I can contribute to our family.
I thought it would be fun to share some "Frugal Living" tips with my blog peeps. I'll do these periodically on Fridays to a) give me something to blog about and b) give me another reason to use picmonkey and make a super sweet button. These posts won't be anything mind-blowing; rather, they're easy, commonsense ways to save some dolla dolla bills.
Now it's time for the very first
Today's tip is for fellow mamas, aunts who spoil their nieces & nephews or anyone who shops for little tikes. Did you know that Gymboree is having their "big red balloon" sale right now?
This sale only comes twice a year and it's one that you DO NOT want to miss. I hit it up last winter by accident on a mall trip with my mom. I ended up completely stocking Luke's closet for summer and didn't pay over $40. FOR EVERYTHING. The items for sale during this "big red balloon sale" are past-season clothes, with fall items discounted 20-50% off and last summers stuff at deep discounts (70% on average). I'm not sure how long the sale lasts, but I suggest you check it out. NOW. And if you can't get to a Gymboree store, check out the sale items online. There aren't as many offerings on the web as your local store, but you'll still find great deals on good stuff. This is what I've gotten for Luke at my local Gymboree:
The one downside of buying a season ahead? You're not totally sure what size your little one will wear. I've always just estimated Luke's size when buying ahead of time and have luckily been spot-on. However, if you save your receipt Gymboree will give you a store credit, even if you need to return your items six months later. All of my purchases for Luke this time around were 2T sizes; I figured even if he wasn't in these tops this summer, I could add a long-sleeve shirt underneath for fall/winter use.
Have fun shopping, friends! :)