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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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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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Baby Shower Name Game Printable

Baby Shower Name Game Printable. Available in 3 colors: pink, blue, and teal

I have a quick and fun baby shower game for you today! It’s the Baby Shower Name Game. 

Each guest will write down a baby name that begins with each letter of the alphabet. The first guest to write a name down for A-Z is the winner. I have included three colors for the printable. You can pick the color based on the gender of the baby or there is also a gender neutral color if the mom doesn’t yet know the baby’s gender.

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Pink. Free.

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Blue. Free.

It’s your call if you want them to be able to write down just boy names, just girl names, or both boy and girl names. 

If you feel pressure to have a game, but don’t want the games to take over the shower, the Name Game is perfect!

And if you need prize ideas. Just grab some dark chocolate!

Print the Baby Shower Name Game Printable. The PDF includes the girl version (pink), boy version (blue/navy), and gender neutral version (teal).

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Teal. Free.

What is your favorite baby shower game to play?

Baby Shower Name Game Printable. Available in 3 colors: pink, blue, and teal

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Scripture LOVE printables

Free Bible Passage Scripture Love Printables

I created a few more printables for you. These scripture LOVE printables are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

They include four different Bible Passages about love. If your child is handing out valentines, print on card stock and cut the four sections. Include candy, a pencil, box of crayons, stickers, chapstick, Play-Doh or whatever goodie your child is excited to give out.
Free Bible Passage Scripture Love Printables Free Bible Passage Scripture Love Printables

Don’t only use them on Valentine’s Day! They are the perfect note to put in your child’s lunchbox. A little reminder of God’s love.

Print: Valentine Love Verse Printable

I also made a Valentine Word Search. There are two versions, an easier 9-word version and a harder 18-word version

 

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