I am cheap. Really cheap. It’s like that saying, “Champagne taste on a beer budget.”
So how do I make it work? Deal sites and clearance sales.
For instance, I love Tea Collection stuff for Mabel. I love the prints, the bright colors, the cut of the clothes. However, free shipping on orders over $150 is no bargain! Uh, I don’t care how cute it is, I’m not paying $140 for four pieces of kids clothing unless it washes itself!
So, I head to my local children’s consignment store, or shop the seasonal consignment sales that pop up in my area. I also frequent those flash sale sites- like Gilt, Haute Look, Totsy, Zulily, Mini Social, etc.*
A few weeks ago, Zulily had a sale on Tea Collection and I got the dress below for….$4.92!
How? Well, if I had gotten it on Amazon it would have been $39; however, Zulily was offering it for $21.99 and I had a store credit (combination of credits from referrals, see * below) and they were running a promotion where you could get free shipping on your first order placed with their new iPhone/Android app.
It’s super cute, Mabel loves it, and for less than $5, you can’t beat it!
It fits her just right now, but my other cheapskate trick is “this year’s dress is next year’s tunic!” She wears cute dresses that are too short lengthwise with leggings and they work. So we should easily be able to get a full year out of this. She actually has one Tea Collection top that she’s been wearing since she was 9 months old! It’s sleeveless (no too-short sleeves to give it away), and started out as a dress, so it went from dress to tunic to shirt.
I had seen it online for like $7 and didn’t want to pay that. Then a few days later I was in Target and found it on a clearance rack for $2.98 and picked it up. Mabel wore this last Friday when we randomly had an 80 degree day in October, but she probably won’t wear it again this season. Since I figured it was too late for this top for this year, I got it a size bigger (3T I think?) so she can wear it next summer.
I wish I had as easy a time finding bargains on plus-sized clothes for me as I do finding stuff for Mabel!
*Note- these links are my referral links. All these sites are ‘invitation only’ for some reason. I’m not sure if it’s so the low prices are less public or just to make people feel special that they’ve been invited. Most of them you can join without an invite if you are willing to wait a while for membership. The most likely reason they do this is free advertising. If you invite someone and that person joins and actually buys something, you get a store credit. Thus, members will be encouraged to get people to join just so they can get credits- like some money saving pyramid scheme. So, if you use the links above to join any of those deal sites and you purchase something, I will get a store credit. If you ask around amongst your friends and find that one of them is a member, get their referral link, join and buy something, they will get the credit. Just want to be upfront about that.
Invitation link to Gilt.
Invitation link to Zulily.
Invitation link to Totsy.
Invitation link to Haute Look.
Invitation link to The Mini Social.