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Bargain Hunting Tips For Money Saving Moms

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Being a parent is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but you have to admit, kids are expensive! From food to clothes, as well as the latest in toys and games, it's little wonder many of us feel the pinch in our pockets once we have children. Here are a few bargain hunting tips that will save you a lot of stress, time and money.

Shop end of season clearance sales
Teenagers may prefer to stay in fashion, but younger children shouldn’t mind if you buy something that isn't part of the latest trends. Keep an eye open for any clearance sales, and take advantage of them. Take a look online at the sales currently happening on Gymboree.com and head out to your mall or town in your search for bargains. Remember too that your child is growing, but you can always size up and buy in advance. They may not fit into that pair of shoes yet, but you can guarantee they will in a few months time.

Search online
Don’t pay premium price for something you see at the mall when you may be able to get it cheaper online. I've talked about getting your child ready for school, and that includes buying school essentials. There are also birthday and Christmas presents to consider, so whatever you need to buy, look for the least expensive option possible. Amazon and eBay are my favorite places to start, but remember to check return policies for ill-fitting or faulty items.


Buy in bulk
Whenever you see a ‘buy one, get two free’ type of offer, take advantage of it. You may need to save up some storage space, but at least you will be prepared.

Coupon codes
You can find coupons in your mailbox or in your Sunday newspaper, so be sure to save them and put them to good use. You can also get free online coupon codes at DontPayFull.com, with special offers from popular stores such as Walmart and Target. Simply enter the code at checkout, and you can save yourself a considerable amount of money.

Look for the colored stickers
Supermarkets will often display yellow stickered items at the beginning or end of each day. These are the foods that are about to run out of shelf life, but the used by date may still be a few days away. Be a savvy shopper, and pick up the foods you like, and freeze them if you don’t intend to eat them straight away.

Talk to other moms
Finally, other moms can be incredibly useful. Whether you join a message board, or talk to other moms you know personally, share bargain ideas with each other. They may have seen something you haven’t, so having a network of bargain hunters will ensure none of you miss out on a good deal. Another way to save it to hand down clothes to each other for your ever growing children.

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