The time for back-to-school shopping has arrived. If your child is school bound it’s time to scour the Internet and local stores for the best bargains on clothing and accessories. This year I’m on the lookout for cute, but comfortable clothes for my little guy to wear to preschool. I’ve always been a sucker for the adorable clothing lines at Gymboree and this year is no different.
But isn’t Gymboree pricey? How can you shop there without leaving a dent in your wallet? At full price Gymboree clothing can be quite expensive, but with these shopping tips you’ll find great deals at reasonable prices.
Always search for a coupon code before purchasing. You can often find coupons for free shipping or 20% off your purchase. Why spend full retail prices when a quick search can yield big savings?
Shoppers receive free shipping on purchases of $75 or more. If you plan to purchase a lot of new clothes at Gymboree $75 might not sound too steep, but if you only want a few items then search for free shipping coupons or wait for promotional periods when the threshold is lowered.
Wait for Gymbuck promotional periods. The Gymbucks program runs several times each year and enables shoppers to earn $25 in Gymbucks for every $50 they spend in store. Those coupons can then be applied to future purchases. Get the most bang for your buck by using Gymbucks on clearance clothing.
Sign Up for the Rewards Program
The Gymboree Rewards program offers points for every dollar spent. You’ll receive $5 for every 250 points earned. Simply present your membership information every time you shop in store or online. Once you earn the required number of points Gymboree will email you a voucher.
Learn to be patient. New lines of clothing are always offered at full price, but as soon as the next line is introduced the previous line will be discounted. Keep an eye on the website and you’ll see that prices typically drop quite quickly.
Sign up for the Gymboree promotional newsletter where you’ll receive updates for sales and other promotional offers.
Shop in Store
Stores often offer better promotions. The clearance section at my local Gymboree cannot be beat. I’ve found amazing prices by walking to the back of the store and sorting through the racks. Make certain you look over the racks carefully and search sizes both below and above your child’s age. I often find sizes are misplaced on these racks as other shoppers pick them up and put them back in the wrong section.
Keep an eye on sales and shop for next year’s back-to-school wardrobe this year. If your children follow a typical growth curve you most likely know what size they will be when school begins a year from now. Raid the clearance racks for the next size up and stock up on items a whole year before your son or daughter will need them.
The best thing about Gymboree clothing is that its high quality materials hold up to active children. When your child moves on to the next size sell their old clothes at your local consignment store or through an eBay auction. With any luck you’ll recoup the money needed to pay for next year’s back to school shopping trip.