November 7, 2011

When to Shop for the Best Deals on Clothing

As parents, one of the things we constantly find ourselves doing is buying clothes for our children. For most of us, it seems like our kids grow out of the clothes we buy them within a few weeks of the initial purchase. This makes it hard to find the best deals on clothing because when our kids outgrow something, like a pair of jeans, we have to get another pair as soon as possible. However, if you are able to plan ahead (just a little) and know when the best time to shop for clothing is, then you will be able to catch some of the best clothing deals!
1.      Shop at the End of the Season. While a lot of parents have heard this tip before, not a lot of them actually put it into practice. It’s a shame because this is one of the best ways to save a ton of money on your kids’ clothing. All you need to do is wait until the end of the season and shop the clearance racks for clothing your kids can wear next year at this time.

For instance, winter is coming up. Every year I wait until the end of winter (late February/early March) to shop for winter coats for my kids. Last year, I happened to find a nice coat that was originally $60 on sale for $8. It was a 4T instead of a 3T, so now my son will be able to wear that coat this winter!

2.      Wait Until a Few Days before a Major Holiday. This may sound a little contradictory to the advice just given, but it only applies to holiday outfits that you plan to purchase from a LOCAL retailer. If you want to find the best deal on Christmas dresses for your little ones, then wait until a few days before Christmas to go shopping for it. Yes, it may be crowded and you may have fewer choices, but because most people shop ahead of time, you will most likely find some awesome deals!

Now, remember that this is only for local retailers. If you prefer to shop online, you need to begin shopping for holiday outfits a month to six weeks in advance. You will naturally find better deals online as online retailers have to keep their prices lower than local retailers in order to stay competitive. However, you have to allow time to get the outfits in and altered if necessary. Therefore, DO NOT wait until the last minute to shop for great clothing deals when ordering online.

3.      Use Social Media to Your Advantage. I know, this one probably sounds a little out of place, right? After all we are trying to find the best deals on clothing, not learn how to tweet correctly. Right! Believe it or not, the majority of your favorite stores have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. When you connect with them through these social media outlets, you’ll receive regular updates from them…most of the time these updates are coupons that can be used either online, in-store or both!

Additionally, there are a number of people who have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts specifically for the purpose of providing their readers with the best online/offline deals available. Just do a quick search for “coupons, moms and coupons, etc.” and you’ll get some hits. Follow and/or “like” these people and you will be surprised at all the deals you’ll be able to take advantage of. And, the best part about this one is that there isn’t any “special” time you have to do it. The deals come in daily, so anytime is great!