We”re only three days into September and you better believe I have more than half of my Christmas shopping done, & not just for my little guys!
This year has been really awesome for me, but one of the best things about the year so far is my Santa stock pile! Compared to last year, I’m triple the amount of goodies I had hoarded for almost the same cost! I’ve been pulling the reigns super tight on getting items for a low cost or free! This Christmas stock pile includes items from Gymboree, Lego, Marvel, and Crocs, and out of pocket cost me less than $60!
My favorite item here is the Captain America motorcycle toy. It’s from Target and originally had a price tag of $19.99. I seriously looked at this toy almost every time I visited Target, my beloved second home. I had to make a trip for my mom a couple weeks ago to pick up some grocery items for her, lucky for me she almost always let’s me keep any of the merchandise gift cards from her purchases, since I use the cartwheel app to save her $$ each time! (If you haven’t used the Cartwheel app, you’re definitely missing out!). The toy was marked down to $6.98! I got $15 in gift cards back for the entire purchase, so it ended up being FREE! I also got the two mini Planes roller cars ($1.49 ea.), a Transformer figure ($1.78), and the Little Einsteins ball ($5.68). Everything total came to just under $18, but with my free gift cards I only paid $3!
One of my favorite places to shop for kids clothes is Gymboree. I know I know, who DOESN’T love that place? But, for me I just can’t spend almost $100 on one (ADORABLE) “matchy matchy” outfit that will be out grown by the end of the season. However, I CAN totally spend $26 on two outfits, a tank top, and two sweatshirts! Yes I just said $26! Total retail for every piece is $150. I am always watching for when Gymboree is having their end of season sales. I want to say they have about four huge clearance sales a year, but don’t quote me on that. 🙂 Very rarely will I even shop the regular clearance rack at this store but, I do usually stock up for the next season when they have an additional 50 or 60% off of the clearance items! The socks in this set were only $.79, and they match perfectly with the $7 shorts and shirt set!
I also love Zulily, but I don’t ever order clothing from them. The best way to shop Zulily in my opinion is to only purchase things that you know the regular retail price on, & I recommend maybe do a little hunting to make sure you can’t get it any cheaper elsewhere before you give in to the “deal”. Not that I’m discouraging ordering from them, but a delivery from Zulily can sometimes take up to 6 weeks and if you don’t like your purchase, more than likely you can’t return it. I also have a hard time paying $7.95 or more for shipping. Especially when it takes so long to get to my door step. With that said, I have found a small solution to the expensive shipping. TIP* When ordering from Zulily, if you have multiple items, check out with the item that gives you the lowest shipping cost (I have found the lowest to be $5.95). Once you place your first order you have FREE shipping for 24 hours! Voila! You just paid $5.95 for everything to ship! You’re welcome ;).* Zulily also offers a referral program, which is how I was able to get the Lego policeman flashlight, Crocs, and Lego storage boxes completely free. By referring a few friends through my link, I received credits back to my account which can be used on any item.
My hubby is a sucker for Bed Bath and Beyond, so on a trip to kill some time, we picked up the superman Lego alarm clock. Retail price for this item is $19.99 but we used our 20% off coupon which brought it to $16. This is the most I spent on an item in my Christmas collection, but daddy is a pushover for his little pal. I did also pick up some cutesy whale printed reusable baggies for lunches.
The last few things I got were from RueLaLa, Kohls, Beall’s, and JCPenney. All of these items were free as well. From RueLaLa, I ordered two sets of gorgeous, slate, spade shaped wine notes, which I love, and a gift for my sister in law. They also offer a similar referral program and were running a special on credits for $25 FREE. (I will do an entire post on RueLaLa and a few other amazing sites in the near future). For JCPenney and Kohl’s, I am subscribed to their mailing list, which I highly recommend. Every few months both retailers send a free $10 off of any $10 purchase coupon. Even if there isn’t anything I need or want, I ALWAYS find a reason to use these coupons. It baffles me when people let theirs expire because it’s FREE money! At Kohl’s you usually don’t even have to spend up to $10 to use it, so I actually walk out with a completely FREE item! From JCPenney, I got the Batman swim trunks and a Captain America Tee for $2. At Kohl’s I found a super cool toy from the Disney Planes movie and it was marked down to $7.98, so with my coupon it was FREE. The dragon slippers were from Beall’s on clearance for $1.79 and I had an extra 50% off of all clearance coupon, which made these less than $1! For $.60, I couldn’t pass them up.
Thanks for reading! I know it was a long one but, I’d love to hear what you’ve stocked up on from your Santa list this year!