Before the kids were old enough to crawl, I always tended to avoid the mall stores, like Gymboree. Honestly I thought Gymboree childrens clothes were out of my price range and so I focused on buying their clothes elsewhere, thinking I was surely saving money.
But once I started to pay attention to their sales… and then pairing those sales up with a coupon (which are pretty readily available, if you’re a new parent getting those monthly parent magazines in the mail).
Then I found out… it’s actually relatively easy to find Gymboree childrens clothes for about the same price as other stores. Now it’s my favorite place to shop for the kids!
Gymboree – Gymboree often has some of the highest quality children’s clothing, in my experience. At first glance, they’re easily one of the priciest stores around. Until you start paying attention to sales and coupons. Then, I’d argue, that you can often find this higher-end clothing for as low (or lower) than the big box stores (Target, Walmart and Kohl’s). Be sure to look for coupons that come in the parenting magazines almost every month. There’s almost always a 20% coupon for Gymboree.
They also run a Gymbucks promotion a few times a year. Much like Kohls cash, you “earn” Gymbucks with your purchase during a select time. When it’s time to redeem your Gymbucks later, you automatically get at least a 50% discount. A $25 Gymbucks reward gets you $25 off a $50 purchase, so keep your purchase right at $50 and you’ll save 50%. But pair that up with sale items and your discount is even higher!
Crazy 8 – Like the look and feel and construction of Gymboree clothing, but don’t want to wait for the perfect time to pounce on a coupon/sale combo there? Try its sister store, Crazy 8, for a more reasonable regular price point. They still offer a great number of sales and promotions, driving those prices down even further. Plus, Crazy 8 is another store where you’ll find lots of monthly coupons hanging out in those parenting magazines.
Shop Quality over Quantity – I’ve found that I don’t have to buy as many pairs of Gymboree shorts or tees for my son, because they tend to last longer than some of the other clothing brands I’ve tried with him. The key here is that they seem to use a high-quality, thicker cotton, which ends up being both softer for him and also he doesn’t wear holes in the knees as quickly (or ever?). The cut on Gymboree children’s clothes is also a bit bigger than other stores, so these seem to last a little longer on the kids, meaning I have to restock their wardrobes less often throughout the year, saving me money there.
Are you a fan of Gymboree childrens clothes? What are your tips for saving there?
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