These days you get everything online - from clothes to cakes to medicines and gadgets. Shopping for kids is fun and exciting, but spending wisely is a challenge. From booties and diapers to party gowns
, shoes and accessories and nightwear
, you get practically everything online. Perhaps, you know it already, or perhaps you haven’t noticed it at all - kids are very particular about what they wear and they want to look stylish and fashionable in their peer group. You need to keep this in mind when you go clothes shopping for them. Here are some simple, but sure-fire ways in which you can save money while shopping clothes online
Have you tried flash sales yet?
If you have signed up for various online clothes shopping sites for kids, you will get instant notifications when they have flash sales. Though these sales last very few hours, you’ve got to act really fast. Flash sales usually include toys, dresses, shoes and accessories. Each time there is a flash sale, you will be notified through email- all you need to do is act on it.
Use comparison websites
Sometimes it so happens, especially during seasons and festivals, that you have more than one website offering flash sales. What would you do in such a situation? The best thing would be to do a comparative study by visiting a price comparison website and see if you can save a few extra dollars there. Comparison websites will do all the hard work by collecting the pricing information from various kids’ stores and then listing them for your convenience. Even if there are no flash sales, you can compare the prices before buying. Of course, this goes for school bags, gowns, shirts, shows, jumpers and the like. However, you may not always find this feasible.
Coupons and deals
The terms coupons and deals trigger curiosity and interest, and many people head to stores to see what deals they can cinch. The case is similar with e-commerce sites as well. You can make use of these coupon codes to enjoy maximum savings. Shopping for clothes during this time must be done with caution, of course. That goes without saying. Many website raise the prices of products and then lower them under the pretext that it is a deal, which is dishonest. So ensure you shop only in the sites that maintain their credibility and integrity.
Shop more, earn more
Websites usually have this offer - buy 3 shirts and get one free. These are standard offers. You can make use of these offers and buy whatever you need for your child. If you see great discounts, then don’t let it go.
Free shipping is always an attraction. And why not? You can save a lot of money that way. However most websites mandate that to avail free shipping, you have to shop for a minimum amount. If you can purchase a few “goods” ahead of time, then perhaps you can enjoy the benefit of free shipping.
Credit card offers
When you make purchases through your credit card, you are likely to get offers and special discounts from them. Some credit card companies give significant rewards as well. Certain websites give preferences to credit card shopping, and you get to enjoy great advantages during holidays and festivals. Cash-back offers are also available for debit cards.
Clearance sale offers
Online shopping is less tedious, so you spend less amount of money
You can save a lot of money when you choose to shop during clearance sale offers. But then again, you’ve got to be really careful because the clothes have to be of the latest fashion. Young girls are very particular about that. Also, check for the return policy because they do have different rules for clearance sales.
Online shopping is less tedious, so you spend less amount of money
The main reason why online shopping is so attractive is because you can save money through other ways. If you go out for shopping, you will have to literally travel from one store to another till you get the right dress. But when you are online you don’t have to move an inch. Brick and mortar shopping would make you so tired that you get drawn to the nearest coffee shop or ice cream parlor, promising yourself that you’ve earned it. This costs money. If you go shopping in a mall, the expense would be even higher because you might even head to the multiplex. At the end of the day, you would have overshot the budget by hundreds of dollars.
Buy off seasonal clothing
You can save a few dollars when you buy in anticipation of the coming season. As children grow by leaps and bounds, you need to remember to get a size bigger than what she is wearing now.
Factory outlets are not always a good choice
If you are shopping for designer wear frocks
it is advisable not to go for factory outlets because you cannot always be assured of quality. Similarly, you cannot base your full trust on factory outlets even if they promise to sell at half-price. There must be some reason why that particular clothing was rejected to be sold at “factory outlets”.
While shopping for trends
While it is tempting to shop for the latest trends, always have an idea of how long it might be there in the fashion world. Certain trends don’t last and are total money wasters. Think with your brain rather than your heart when you shop trendy.
Sign up for newsletters
Clothing stores invite you to sign up for their newsletters. This way, you will be notified of all kinds of sales, new deals and new fashion.
Always involve your child
Children have strong opinions on what they wear. If your child detests collared shirts, don’t buy it even if its for sale at half-price. Irrespective of whether it’s an online deal, involve your child before making the final purchase. And this is much better than dragging a screaming toddler around a brick and mortar store.
Check the return policy
Before you click that “Buy now” button, check the return policy. It would, of course, vary from store to store and product to product. Shopping clothes for kids can be a little tricky if you don’t know what size to choose. And since children grow so fast, you might regret buying something that is not fit for your daughter. Each online store has a size measurement chart applicable to that website only, so make sure you get the right size or your purchase would be useless and money wasted.
Stacking discount coupons
Certain online retail stores provide more than one coupon for a single purchase. You can stack them and then use them all together to save a lot of money.
On final thoughts
While this article is mainly focused on shopping online for clothes for kids, you can use many of these tips while shopping for yourself too. Ruminate on these points and spend money wisely!
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