Last month, I wrote about my experience getting my son his first pair of glasses. In that post, I compared Walmart, Costco, and Target for price and value. We ended up purchasing glasses from Walmart Vision Center as well as ordering a backup pair from Zenni Optical. I wanted to follow-up with how our experience went. Here’s my comparison of Walmart Vision Center vs Zenni Optical. [Read more…]
Last week, we realized that our son (age 7) needed prescription glasses. He had been playing video games and started crying because his sister wouldn’t let him have the seat closest to the TV, and he couldn’t read the words on the TV screen from the other seat. I didn’t waste any time and called the next day to get an appointment for an exam with our eye doctor.
After the doctor confirmed that he definitely did need glasses for near-sightedness, the challenge became choosing where to buy the glasses. With a rambunctious 7-year-old boy, I was certainly not going to pay the high prices at the doctor’s office. Why would I pay $200+ for something that was likely going to be lost or stepped on the very next day? I was also disappointed to learn that most of the doctor’s offices and chains offer no coverage for damage after the initial return period (generally 60 or 90 days). [Read more…]
I really enjoy Halloween and I think great costumes are a big part of the fun. It’s hard to believe this will be my 9th Halloween with kids, and I’ve put together 17 different kids’ Halloween costumes! I’ve learned a lot along the way, and while I love good costumes, I try hard to keep the costs as low as possible. I want to share some ways I’ve learned to save on Halloween costumes, so you can have fun without breaking the bank. [Read more…]
I thought I’d do a quick follow-up post to my post about how to find great deals at consignment sales. Last night was the consignor’s pre-sale for the fall sale and I found a lot of great stuff! In about one hour, with searching and carrying assistance from my wonderful mother-in-law, I was able to buy almost everything my kids will need for the fall and winter season. The photo above shows all of my great finds.
For my daughter (girls’ size 10), I bought: [Read more…]
I wrote last week about how to make money selling used kids’ clothing and gear at consignment sales. This week I want to talk about how to get the most out of shopping at kids’ consignment sales. I love shopping consignment sales because I can get the majority of what my kids need for the upcoming season at one time and at great prices. Garage sales might be a bit cheaper, but I don’t have time to run all over town hoping to find my kids’ current sizes. I’d rather get my shopping done in one place.
Over the years of shopping consignment sales, I’ve learned some tricks to getting the best bargains: [Read more…]
It’s fall consignment season! Kids’ consignment sales can be an excellent way to both make some money from the clothes that your kids have outgrown AND buy what they need for the upcoming season. In this post, I’ll discuss some tips I’ve learned about how to make money from consignment sales. Next week, I’ll discuss how to get the most out of shopping at the sales.
This will be my eighth time selling in my local kids’ consignment sale. My sell-rates have averaged around 90-95% of my items being sold. I usually make around $150-$300 per sale, allowing me to buy the majority of my kids’ clothing for the upcoming season with the proceeds (much of it bought from the same sale).
Here are some tricks I’ve learned over the years of selling that can help you maximize your earnings. [Read more…]
Can you believe it’s already back-to-school season again? It feels like the school year just ended!
Shopping for back-to-school clothes is a tradition in many families. For us, it usually includes some new socks and underwear. When my kids left for overnight summer camp, I didn’t label their underwear with their names because it was all a bit too small and worn out. If it gets lost, I won’t be too sad! I wonder if other moms are making their kids run around in ratty underwear until the sales start. Is it just me?
I thought I’d share some of the tips that we use to keep back-to-school clothes shopping within our budget. [Read more…]
This week, my kids are having a blast at an enrichment camp offered by our school system. They each got to choose 2 fun classes to take for the week and my son is in one called “Slimy Science”. He’s definitely having fun, but you can imagine the things that are coming home with him! Today, he came home with several balls of flubber, colored green (his favorite color). I helped the kids get a snack and then headed upstairs to fold laundry. I’m sure you can figure out where this is going by the title of this post… My son soon came upstairs to tell me he accidentally sat in the flubber and had it all over his shorts and the back of his shirt. [Read more…]
I had a great trip to my favorite thrift store last weekend! The picture above shows all the items I bought for my daughter for a total of $21.87. It included 10 items: 5 shirts, 4 pairs of jeans, and 1 dress, all in very good condition, including one new-with-tags. Since thrift store shopping can be such a great way to save money, I thought I’d share my advice for successful thrift store shopping. [Read more…]