I live on a tight budget, not just a tight budget, but a very small tight budget. I still have to provide for my children and I still want them to have things that other kids have and to be able to be in style if they wish. I’ve become a very savvy shopper!
I do on occasion shop at thrift stores, who doesn’t? But only if what I’m buying is a good quality item and in great condition. Unfortunately I never get “hand me downs” of anything either.
My Favorite Way to Shop? Clearance!
I buy most stuff on clearance at the end of seasons. I buy 1 and 2 sizes bigger for the next year. Depending on price and what’s available. I do 2 sizes in case they grow more than anticipated and what the kids can’t wear, I sell on Ebay for more than I paid for it. I have spent as a little as $.50 for a shirt or a pair of shorts. Every chance I get, I shop the clearance section first!
I shop on Ebay as well and it’s not just used clothing that you get good deals on. Here is a great example. My son is very picky when it comes to sneakers. His favorite brand that fit “just right” for him are Sketchers. Now we all know how expensive they can be! Well, I just bought 2 pair last week, 2 different colors and sizes, for $18.95 per pair with free shipping! Original price was $54 per pair!
And just today on Kmart.com, I got my daughter 2 pairs of casual boots for a total price of $18.53, I did have to pay shipping of $8.95, but knocked of $2.13 with my points for a grand total of $25.35. Not bad considering the total of the boots would have been, $74.94 before shipping.
Another site that usually has really awesome clearance deals is The Children’s Place. Some of the deals I have gotten my son include fleece pants, T-shirts and more for as little as $1.50 each. I have gotten jeans for as little as $5 and my daughter T-Shirts and leggings for as little as $2.50.
I love shopping deal sites like Zulily, Hollar, and more! I usually visit these sites for holiday purchase and or birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, etc. Another way I save is by buying for a bunch of them at the same time to save on shipping cost and to use coupons codes, etc.
Tips for saving even more money even on Clearance!
I shop through my Swagbucks shop & earn links when shopping online! Don’t have a Swagbucks account, you can sign up here! Get SB’s for shopping that you can redeem for cash and gift cards. *You can also earn SB a ton of different ways everyday!
I use my rewards credit cards to get cash back or reward points.
*Combine both of these when you shop to get the most for your money, earn more money as you have to spend money. And I don’t even shop just to shop! I only shop for what we need, I rarely splurge on wants except for holiday shopping, and I’m always earning points and getting money back.
You can too!
Never pay full price again!