How to Save on Children’s Clothing

How to save on children's clothing

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As school approaches, you may start thinking about whether or not your children need new (or used) clothing for fall. My first grader continues to grow taller and taller and I definitely needed to pick up a few items for her upcoming school year!

I typically get a mix of both new and used clothing for my children. While I am continually on the hunt for deals, I have figured out that some items I need to get either new or a higher quality brand. Especially if I want the clothing to last more than one kiddo. I get many of the basics from Target and fill in with other brands.

How to save on children's clothing. Here are tips on how to save on your children's clothing. I will share both stores and a few apps that help you save on children's clothing. This tips will work for back-to-school shopping!

Today I want to share a few tips on how to save on your children’s clothing for back-to-school! I will share both stores and a few apps that help you capitalize on your savings!

  • Before you start shopping take inventory of what you already have! It’s easy to get caught up in great deals or cute styles. Take the time to make a list of what items you actually need.
  • Think through the colors and patterns you are looking for. If you can easily mix and match the clothing, you will not need to purchase as many items. Consider getting a few fun patterns your child likes and fill in with solids from Primary. This year I found a few colorful items at Old Navy. I plan to stay within the same colors as I shop for the rest of my first grader’s fall/winter clothing.
  • It will be too late for this fall, but remember to look at the clearance racks at the end of the season. Look through the summer clearance for next spring/summer’s clothing! You can often find clothing for just a few dollars.

ThredUP

ThredUP is an online consignment shop. They buy and sell high-quality secondhand clothing and accessories. Along with children’s clothing, they also have women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, and more. You can save up to 90% on the clothing. The search tool helps you find exactly what you are looking for. They also include a large amount of New with Tag items. Get $10 off your first order with ThredUP.

If you like the clothing you get from ThredUP join their referral program and share it with your friends. When your friend joins thredUP, they get $10 to spend. You also get $10 to shop after they place their first order. 

Primary

Primary is great for rounding out your children’s wardrobe. They have basics in almost every color you can imagine! I personally would never want to order all of my kiddo’s clothes as solids. I love a good pattern, but it’s nice when you just need something basic and have a specific color that you need.

The clothing is a little more expensive than Target, but they will be worn often because they are basics. Pick a few items based on the colors of the rest of your kiddo’s wardrobe. Some items have 15+ colors to choose from!

I have purchased from Primary and am very happy with both the quality and the color selection. There is always free shipping with no minimum. They also have free 90-day returns. You can save 20% off your first order with code: AFF20PCT

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Ebates

Ebates gives you cash back when shopping online. If you purchase your child’s clothing online, make sure you log into ebates first! In just a few extra seconds you can get cash back on your purchases. It’s the easiest way to make a few extra bucks. (Or a lot if you are making a big purchase).

Before I make ANY purchase online I log into ebates first. I search for the website and find out if there is cash back available. There often is! (Today I typed in Old Navy, Gap, Macy’s, Lands’ End, Carter’s, Amazon, Children’s Place, and Hanna Andersson. They all had cash back…some as high as 8% back.)

I just got a check for $24.40 in the mail this week. I purchased my contact lenses from Walgreens and received 8% back. All I had to do is type “Walgreens” into ebates and I received 8% back on a $200+ purchase!

Some sites give you 1%, 6%, 10%, or even 12% cash back just for going through the ebates site before you shop! You can get $10 to start you off here.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Target

Target is great for all the basics. I have been very happy with their Cat & Jack line as they actually fit my tall girls. If you shop at Target for your clothing, make sure you use the Cartwheel app to help you save even more. 

Target Cartwheel

Target Cartwheel is an app available to use at Target. It’s basically a pick-your-own-coupon app. You select the offers that you want and you get a discount. The list of discounts you can receive is extensive. Many of the deals are 5% or 10% off, but there are also deals from 20-50% off. (I do not remember seeing higher than 50%, but it’s possible there have been higher deals).

I often see deals on children’s clothing in Cartwheel. I recently saved 30% on Cat & Jack shirts. (There are also lots of non-clothing back-to-school deals currently!) I often do a quick barcode scan of most items in my cart before I check out. This helps the savings add up! I saved over $800 with the Cartwheel app (over approximately 4 years).

Here is my more detailed review on How to use Target Cartwheel.

Ibotta

BONUS: Ibotta can help you stock up on back-to-school supplies, food for school lunches, and dorm items! I use this app most often at Target, but occasionally use it at Whole Foods or Hy-Vee. While you will not find clothing deals within the app, you can skim their mobile deals and save while shopping at Amazon, eBay, Groupon, Thrive Market, and more. I used to shop with more savings apps but ended up ditching most to just use mainly Cartwheel and Ibotta. I received over $600 cash back with Ibotta, so you can see why it’s a favorite! Get a $10 welcome bonus here. 

How to save on children's clothing. Here are tips on how to save on your children's clothing. I will share both stores and a few apps that help you save on children's clothing. This tips will work for back-to-school shopping!

What are your best tips for saving on children’s clothing?

Have you looked to see if your favorite stores are on ebates? Check out the percentage you will save on your favorite stores!

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My Stitch Fix Review

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I have always been intrigued with Stitch Fix. I shop infrequently (well…practically never these days!). So the idea of having a box of 5 hand-selected pieces of clothing and accessories show up on my doorstep sounds like a good idea. Because much of my current wardrobe includes basics from Target, the idea of a few fun extra pieces sounds nice. 

I typically have three little sidekicks with me when I shop. Most of my clothing shopping includes grabbing a few articles of clothing at Target before I head over to the baby or grocery section. I then bring the clothing home with me to try on and often have to head back to return what doesn’t fit. It’s super efficient. ;)

I heard a few things about Stitch Fix before I decided to try out. So I went into it knowing that the clothing would be a little more expensive than I’m used to. I figured that would be easily offset by the fact that I am spending close to nothing on clothing right now.

I also know that some people received clothing that was a perfect match based on their profile and they loved the unique pieces that they received. I also have heard of ladies who receive 5 picks that are off. So I was curious how my experience would be!

Stitch Fix offers pants, skirts, shorts, dresses, sweaters, shirts, outerwear, scarves, jewelry and bags for women. They have maternity and maternity-friendly items. There is also Stitch Fix for men. Gift cards are also available. (This is a great idea in case you know someone who would never order a Fix themselves. It would be a fun treat to get!)

Stitch Fix Review. How does Stitch Fix work? Pros and Cons of Stitch Fix.
One of the other reasons that I wanted to try Stitch Fix is that I knew I would be sent items I would not normally try on. I know of a few bloggers who have been sent pieces they would not normally try on and ended up loving them! After a few years of cycling through the pregnant, post-pregnant, and non-pregnant body, I figured I could use something fresh and new. :)

I filled out my style profile and then received the box days later.

This is how Stitch Fix works!

  • Sign up for a Stitch Fix account.
  • Fill out the Style Profile. This helps the stylist learn about your size, style, shape, budget, and lifestyle. 
  • **Add a note! I added a bit about my life as a stay-at-home mom. I wanted pieces that were comfortable for every day, but more fun than the basics I typically wear. (Or something along those lines). I also mentioned that I would be going to a wedding in September. I was planning on getting a new dress for the wedding, so I figured I would see if they sent me a dress. How slick would that be to have a dress mailed to me that worked for the wedding!
  • Select your delivery date. (There is a $20 styling fee. If you keep anything in the box, the $20 will be credited towards the items you keep.)
  • Get the box and try everything on!
  • Decide what to keep and send everything else back. (They include a prepaid bag to shipping the items back! Way more convenient than my Target returns.)
  • Give feedback. If the stylist was off, if the fits were not quite right, or if you loved something, let them know. So if you order another Fix, they will be able to improve on the picks.


Here is what I thought! My Stitch Fix Review:

PROS:

  • Mail Day…I love getting mail. It was fun to see what was included. :)
  • I got items I wouldn’t normally try on. This is what I was shooting for!
  • The Jeans Fit! This is a PRO for me because it’s a little shocking. I’m very particular with how my jeans fit. I have definitely tried on 10-15 jeans in a store before only to have none of them fit right. I was shocked that they picked jeans that fit almost perfectly. I have heard from others that they love Stitch Fix’s jeans.
  • The style profile is very specific and fun to fill out. The items sent matched my style so this system must work!
  • They send a card that gives ideas with how to style the piece of clothing. This may be helpful as you figure out what else in your closet with go with the items you pick. You don’t want to end up with one cool new article of clothing only to not have anything to wear with it.
  • You don’t have to go to the store. This may not be a PRO for everyone, but for a mom who typically shops with kiddos along…well, I’d just rather skip shopping then.
  • Returns are free and easy. I’m all about convenience. It was nice to be able to stick everything back in the bag and put in my mailbox. It just takes a minute and it’s free shipping. If this was not an easy process, I would be done!
  • You are giving the opportunity to give feedback on the items received. You rate the size, quality, price, style, and fit/cut. You also can add any comments, which will help the stylist figure out what you like and don’t like.
  • You can request a few more days to make your decision. If you haven’t decided within their 3-day window, you can request additional time.
  • You can sign up for automatic fixes, but you don’t have to. I like that it doesn’t have to be a subscription service so I don’t have to worry about canceling every month if I don’t want them to send a Fix. I chose to NOT have them sent automatic fixes at this time. (The options are every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month, every three months, and request only. I picked “request only”) 
  • The referral program! If you share your link with a friend or family member and they schedule a fix, you get a $25 credit! That could add up quickly and your Fixes will be even more fun if you have a credit waiting for you. 
  • If you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount on the entire box.

CONS:

  • Most of the items were still more than I wanted to spend. This may not be a problem for you, but I typically am very frugal. (I am realizing that sometimes more expensive clothing and shoes last longer! Within reason.) I knew that it would be a bit of a splurge for me, which is fine. BUT it has to be something I really love and am excited about.
  • The styling fee. I get why they have the $20 styling fee and it’s nice that it will be credited towards items purchased. It’s not realistic to just have the items picked out and shipping to me without the fee. I get that. But it will hold me back from getting Fixes often. I don’t want to keep clothing that is a tad expensive for me just because I don’t want to lose out on the fee. I also don’t want to spend $20 for nothing.
  • While the styles matched my profile very well, there was one area that completely missed the mark. I preferred one type of fit for shirts and was sent two shirts that were way too flowy and huge. It was not the right style for me. I noted that when I sent it back, so hopefully it would be fixed next time.
  • I could have used more color in the items selected. I cannot figure out if this is based on how I filled out my style profile or if the stylist just didn’t get it right. So this is only half a con. I’m not sure who is to blame. 

Now here are a few pictures of the items I received! I have never taken a selfie in my life…so you just are getting pictures of the clothing laying on the floor. Sorry…

Stitch Fix Review. How does Stitch Fix work? Pros and Cons of Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix Review. How does Stitch Fix work? Pros and Cons of Stitch Fix.

I loved the pattern on this shirt, but it was way too flowy and huge. 

Stitch Fix Review. How does Stitch Fix work? Pros and Cons of Stitch Fix.

This shirt was close to being a favorite, but like the other shirt it was too flowy and had way too much fabric. It was the most comfortable shirt I have ever tried on though!

Stitch Fix Review. How does Stitch Fix work? Pros and Cons of Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix Review. How does Stitch Fix work? Pros and Cons of Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix Review. How does Stitch Fix work? Pros and Cons of Stitch Fix. I enjoyed getting this box in the mail and it was fun to have the clothing fit my style. I’m looking forward to seeing what is sent the next time I schedule a Fix. I’m hoping the style is still on the mark, but that the fit works out better.

They even have Stitch Fix for Men now.

Stitch-Fix-Men-Gift-Card

Have you tried Stitch Fix? What did you think?

Stitch Fix Review. How does Stitch Fix work? Pros and Cons of Stitch Fix.

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Summer Plans Printable

Summer Plans Printable

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It’s Summer! If you need a spot to write out your summer goals or plans, I have a printable for you! I sent a few options to my newsletter subscribers so they could vote on their favorite and this is the one they liked best! (Although I changed the title from Summer Goals to Summer Plans)

I originally couldn’t decide if I should title it Summer Goals or Summer Plans. I asked my subscribers about the term Goal vs Plans and PLANS won out! Although many who picked goals had great reasons for preferring the term goals.  I like the term GOALS for various reasons and I want to make sure I am intentional about my time….but also don’t think that summer should be a completely goal-oriented season. We need plenty of rest, relaxation, and unplanned time too!

I personally don’t schedule too many activities into our summer. I may think ahead on a few things that I want to accomplish or enjoy, but don’t like a packed schedule. This morning my kiddos and I headed out for a leisurely morning in our favorite neighborhood in the cities.

I love to be able to get up, decide what we are in the mood for, and take off to do as we please! I know that there will be more scheduled into our summer when kiddos are older, so I will enjoy the freedom while I have it!

I hope you enjoy thinking through what you want your summer to look like!  Here is a printable to help plan your summer. Summer Plans

Summer Plans Printable

Sorry about the term “things” in Things to Enjoy. I considered Food to Eat, Activities to Enjoy, and more…but I couldn’t figure out a phrase to include everything else. If you have a suggestion, feel free to leave it in the comments!

Do you need a few ideas? Check out 15 Things to Do This Summer.

15 things to do this summer. Visit the farmers market.

What are you most looking forward to this summer? 

Free Summer Plans Printable. Plan out your summer! Write out your summer goals or plans. Includes: Places to Go, People to See, Things to Enjoy, and Work to Do.

 

Freezer Meal Labels Printable

Freezer Meal Printable Labels

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I made Printable Freezer Meal Labels that I want to share with you today. I also learned of a freezer stocking method I am excited to try. Read to the end!

I do not often set aside hours to stock my freezer with freezer meals. (This may change now that I see how easy MyFreezEasy makes it. 10 meals in an hour!!) Instead of one big session to stock my freezer, I am more likely to double or triple a recipe and throw the extras in the freezer for later.

When I do set aside the time to do this, I love the rewards! Picking a meal out of the freezer is the best. It’s a good day when dinner entails thawing a frozen meal and throwing it in the crock-pot. The rewards of a well-stocked freezer are real! It saves time, money, and the what-am-I-making-for-dinner headache.

Freezer Meal Printable Labels

Before you toss the meal in your freezer, you will need to label the meal. It will save you the time of needing to research the directions later. You will have all the details needed when you pull the frozen meal out at a later date.

The labels can also be used if you are giving the freezer meal to someone else as a gift. You don’t want the new mom trying to figure out what the directions are, so make sure you print these labels to tape on the freezer meal!

The labels include a place to write in

  • Recipe Name
  • Date Prepared
  • Number of Servings
  • Directions

The labels will print on an 8.5X11 sheet of paper. You can also purchase sticker paper if you don’t want to have to tape the labels on the bag or pan.

Use the Freezer Meal Labels Printable to record: Recipe Name, Date Prepared, Number of Servings and Directions. The PDF is available in two colors! I also share a resource to help you stock your freezer! 10 meals in just one hour!

Use the Freezer Meal Labels Printable to record: Recipe Name, Date Prepared, Number of Servings and Directions. The PDF is available in two colors! I also share a resource to help you stock your freezer! 10 meals in just one hour!

Print the Freezer Meal Labels Printable. The PDF includes both the pink/floral and purple/gold versions.

If you want help figuring out what meals to make, check out MyFreezEasy. 10 meals in one hour? Sign me up!

MyFreezEasy is a membership program where members receive 8 new meal plans each month. The Premium membership gives members access to the “build your own meal plan” desktop app. This is perfect if you want to mix and match the plans and recipes.

The goal of MyFreezEasy is to help members create their own meal plans so they can make 10 – 12 meals for their freezer in less than one hour. It takes a specific type or style of recipe and meal to make that happen. Erin (of $5 dinners) has designed pre-set meal plans with that goal in mind. You will be able to get 10 meals into your freezer without spending all afternoon in the kitchen. Sounds like a good plan to me! 

The premium membership includes 8 New Meal Plans Each Month (all plans include 10 meals each):

  • Traditional Plan – mix of different types of meals
  • Gluten-Free Plan – completely gluten-free including sides
  • Slow Cooker Plan – all freezer to slow cooker style
  • Clean Eats Plan – all “clean ingredients”
  • 20 Meals Plan – includes 20 meals instead of 10: mix of different types of meals
  • All Chicken Plan – all recipes use chicken breasts/chicken thighs (perfect for when chicken goes on sale!)
  • All Ground Beef Plan – all recipes use ground beef 
  • All Pork Chops Plan – all recipes use pork chops or pork tenderloin

I am browsing the meal plans for this month and cannot decide which one to try. I’m deciding between the Slower Cooker Plan and the Clean Eats Plan. The recipes look tasty and the recipes and instructions put together well. The shopping list, assembly prep instructions, and meal assembly instructions are very clear.

The member area also contains a video library, a resource library and a free freezer cooking workshop. 

Every day that you pull a meal out of the freezer, you will be thanking yourself for putting in the time filling your freezer. Check out MyFreezEasy!

Use the Freezer Meal Labels Printable to record: Recipe Name, Date Prepared, Number of Servings and Directions. The PDF is available in two colors! I also share a resource to help you stock your freezer! 10 meals in just one hour!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mom Gift Ideas. Perfect for Mother's Day Gift Ideas.

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Mother’s Day is coming soon! I thought I would share a few Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with you. The gifts are perfect for Mother’s Day or anytime you need gift ideas for mom.

Feel free to forward the link to your husband. ;)

DaySpring has quite a few options for Mother’s Day gifts. 

Pick out a book to encourage her in her motherhood journey!

 Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic (One of my favorite sleep-deprived mama stories is in this book. It’s hilarious!)


Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women by James Dobson


Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (now with Bébé Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting) by Pamela Druckerman. This one is just plain fun.

Or just sign her up for Amazon Prime so she can order her own books whenever she wants. Shop Amazon – Give the Gift of Amazon Prime.

Lara Casey’s Cultivate What Matters Shop has Intentional Goal Planners (Powersheets), Write the Word Bible Journals, and more. 

Write the Word Bible Journals

My hands took a beating this winter and I cannot stand how dry they look. It’s nice to distract away from the dryness by adding a pop of color to my nails. It’s also fun to have a few new colors as sandal weather approaches! Check out Julep.

Julep Beauty Box Subscription

I found these stacking rings from Lisa Leonard Designs and thought they would be the perfect gift. If mom has more kiddos in the future, it’s easy to add another ring. There were many other gift options available.

Lisa Leonard stacking rings 

For the meal planner, get her a membership to MyFreezEasy. It’s a membership program where members receive 8 new meal plans each month. MyFreezEasy helps members create their own meal plans so they can make 10 – 12 meals for their freezer in less than one hour. 10 meals in one hour? Sounds good!

Or better yet…just stock her freezer with the finished meals…that would be a welcome Mother’s Day gift. :)

Warning: do not purchase this program unless you know the mom wants it! Otherwise it may not be appreciated. 

The MuTu system is a program to help get rid of Diastasis Recti (mummy tummy!), a common problem for moms. Many moms are bothered by this problem, but not every mom would see this as a great gift! So check with them first. ;)

Don’t forget to check out the All About Mom printable! There is also a grandma version. 

What is your favorite Mother’s Day gift?

Mom Gift Ideas. Perfect for Mother's Day Gift Ideas.