Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bargain Hunters Paradise

If you are looking for a good bargain, this is a great time of year to find one. Retailers are trying to get rid of any leftover holiday and winter related stock, as well as make room for upcoming spring fashions. This can be the best time of year to buy coats, jeans, and other cold weather wear.

Before you start shopping, it’s a good idea to make a list of what you are shopping for. Start by going through yours and your child’s closets and drawers evaluating what will still be able to be worn this year. Then, make a list of what you and your family actually need. When you go shopping with a list in hand, you will stay on budget and be less likely to buy impulse items.

At the same time, keep an eye out for each retailer’s weekly sales flyers. Each store will likely have a big sale on one or two items, in order to draw shoppers in. It may take a little bit of time to run around to each store in order to buy just the sales items, but it could save you a lot of money. Keep an eye on your gas gauge too, as sometimes it may actually cost more in the long run to chase after those bargains!

If you are crafty, you can buy plain items, such as t-shirts and let your kids customize them. Some easy ways to do this are with fabric paints or iron on transfers.

While many people head straight to retail stores, going to consignment shops, yard sales, and sites such as eBay can be more budget friendly. Before buying any used clothing, check for any tears, rips, or stains.

Happy hunging!

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