2015-02-18 10.05.05

I have two little ones, 8 months and almost 3 years old, and it is amazing to me how quickly they outgrow clothing. I hate to spend tons of money on clothes I know they will outgrow in just a couple of months, so I started looking for ways to keep my children clothed nicely while not breaking the bank. I discovered several tips that I would like to pass on to you.

 

  1. About a year or so ago, I discovered ShopYourWay points through Sears and Kmart. I started receiving surprise points for just signing up. These points are worth a certain amount of money through Sears or Kmart and many of them have no spending limit (some come attached with a spending limit). I would use the amount I received to buy my children’s clothes (or other household necessities). I have gotten to where I hardly have to spend any money to purchase my children’s clothes, and they stay nicely dressed throughout the year. If you are interested in signing up for ShopYourWay points, go here and sign up for me to be your Personal Shopper. In the near future, I plan to do a post on how to earn even more points with ShopYourWay, so be sure to follow me by email, Facebook or Twitter to learn more.
  2. I use gift cards throughout the year earned from various apps that I talk about on Thriving on Thrifty to pay for their clothes and other necessities.
  3. I shop clearance racks at the end of the season to buy for the next year. I plan to write a post in the near future on how to find clearance clothing throughout various stores.
  4.  I have never been a huge fan of consignment shops for the sheer fact that many times I felt I could save more with other methods. However, here recently online consignment shops have been offering great deals to sign up for their site. I have been able to score several “gently used” items for FREE. I have used sites such as Thredup, who is currently offering a $10 credit when you sign up here. Plus, once you sign up, you can refer people and earn $10 credits as well. Head over here for more information.
  5. Ask for clothes for their birthdays and Christmas instead of more toys.

 

If you have any other strategies for saving on kid’s clothing, comment below.

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Hey Thriving on Thrifty readers! I just wanted to give you all a heads up that posting will be very slow or not at all over the next couple of weeks as my family welcomes our new baby into our family this week. I apologize in advance for the lack of posts, but please stick with Thriving on Thrifty through this slow period. I appreciate every one of my readers and appreciate your understanding. Thanks so much!

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I apologize to my readers for the lack of posts over the past week and a half. I was out of town for a little rest and relaxation and didn’t realize I would have limited access to the internet. I hope all you Thriving on Thrifty readers were still able to score some awesome deals. I appreciate the several submissions while I was gone and hope to get these deals up as soon as possible. Are you ready for more deals? I’m rested up and ready to go find some more deals to post!

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After having my baby, I realized I needed to get into shape. While the baby “weight” dropped pretty quickly, the toning and fitness aspect just wasn’t there. I knew living in a rural area, I didn’t have the time to drive a half hour plus workout as a new mom. Plus, I didn’t want to spend the money on a gym membership. I tried running on my elliptical daily, which helped but I still didn’t see the toning I was hoping for. Therefore, I bought weights and with no routine, I saw very little results.

One day on Facebook, I ran across Bikini Body Mommy. I decided to give it a try, and boy am I happy I did. I have lost a few extra pounds, which put me lower than my pre-pregnancy weight plus I’m much more toned. It offers a 90- day challenge that features a laid-out exercise plan. The workouts generally take me less than 30 minutes and I can do them in the comfort of my own home with NO gym fees.  I have found with searching through various workout programs that if you find something that works with your schedule, you are much more likely to stick with it and see results. Since I wasn’t exactly a gym guru, I knew even an hour workout would be difficult for me to stick with on a daily basis. Even with my crazy days with a toddler, I am able to almost always fit this workout into my schedule.

As far as my diet, I am not one to be able to do extreme dieting. I like food way too much to cut meals. I have found that food is similar to exercise. If you find something that is more of a lifestyle change versus a diet, it is much easier to stick to. I have found that my lifestyle change is to cut “deserts” and soft drinks. With the exception of special occasions I don’t eat deserts throughout the week until Friday when I reward myself with 1 small desert. This reward helps me have something to look forward to during the week and gives me a little break from the grind of no sugar.

Another “lifestyle” diet change for me was to really pay attention to what I put in food. For example, I used to eat a lot of oatmeal for breakfast with butter and sugar. When I started paying more attention to what I ate, I replaced the butter and sugar with banana slices. In other words, I try to take out as much “bad” stuff in my food as possible while still being able to eat what I enjoy.  The MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter App is great for tracking what you eat plus its FREE.

My fitness and diet routine has cost me NOTHING, and I feel in much better shape than I have in a long time. My advice through my experience is to find something that works for you and that you can stick with versus yo-yo dieting and fitness that will only be short lived. Each person is different, so find something that works for you and don’t get discouraged.

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