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More Savings From Red Racks

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Red Racks $0.50 cent sunday is still in session-sort of. They’ve changed their “format” somewhat-now the special tag that is on sale is in one easy to locate area in the women’s clothing section, spanning 2 aisles on either side. They are calling it the “Last Chance” section.

Also, they aren’t really featuring a specific color tag anymore. What they have done, instead, is to move everything on sale to this “Last chance” aisle, and mark those items down for $1 for the week, and then $0.50 on sundays. But they still have the “half off” and “25% off” tags available, so if you find those for $1 or less than you can still benefit from a good deal.

I don’t really like the change, but I did get there early enough to take advantage of it, and I was relieved that I didn’t have to walk through aisles and aisles of clothing in my third trimester.

Although I did feel sorry for the stragglers-by 11am all the good stuff was taken. Sorry folks! You’re gonna have to have to arrive early and skip out on church to benefit from this one!
IMG_2982The Yellow tags were “half off,” so I intentionally targeted the $0.98 yellow tags and still found myself with a bargain.

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With 19 items at $0.49, and 6 items in the last chance aisle for $0.50, I found myself leaving with 25 articles of very nice clothing for a under $13. And I even managed to score a few girly items that weren’t pink! Yay for Gray!

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Since I now have a nearly complete 18-2T wardrobe (with the exception of pajamas, jackets, and coats), I should probably really stop. I just don’t want to go shopping for any clothes at all until monkey baby is walking on her own, and can obey commands. I am loathe to take three children out, shopping for clothes, with a baby in tow.

So . . . somewhere between 2-3 years old I will need to go out again. But that is my excuse for justifying the additional purchases for boys clothing-I have nearly everything I need in that department as well, for the next 2-3 years (except for pajamas).

And yes, I also started a “Future’s Bin” for monkey baby, with a clothing sizes up to size 8 (Tiger boy found a $0.50 cent jacket in the 7/8 size and really wanted the baby to have it). But since I don’t need to fill all those bins right now (especially with the child in question still in utero), I really, really should stop!

I think I’m addicted.

But in the back of my mind I have this nagging voice telling me that I need pajamas, jackets, and coats. Ugh, pregnancy really makes one nuts!

Memorial Day at Red Racks

How do I love thee? Let me count the savings . . .

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I’ve been stressing about not having all of the necessary baby clothes for baby monkey in time for her arrival. So, as usual, I went to Red Racks on a sunday, hoping for some of their $0.50 deals to add to my slowly growing collection of 0-12 month infant clothing.

While I did find quite a few items, I also found out that they were opening at 7am on memorial day for their “half off everything in the store” sale. I knew it was half off on memorial day, but I didn’t know they were opening early in order to accommodate the rush.

Guess who was crazy enough to go that early? Apparently I wasn’t the only one, because when I arrived at 7:05, and the parking lot was half full. Wowsers! And the store was packed!

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Three hours, 9 bags, 163 items, and $123.00 later I was back in my own home, sorting through my hoarde. Included were a few additions to my “futures” bin, like size 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 shirts and pants. I have never in my life been so relieved that I keep clothing notes in my phone-otherwise I would have been lost. Fortunately, I knew exactly how much of what particular item I needed, and was totally able to purchase everything I needed up to 1 year (and then some), except for sleeper onesies in the 6-9 month range.

Hubby was shocked as the bags kept on coming, but after I showed him my receipt he actually gave me a look of approval! I thought he’d be upset, until I realized that in his family, his sister will spend the same amount of money on kids clothing and come home with 15 items. He calmly informed me that “You wouldn’t have gone so early and spent so much if we didn’t need all of those things.” I love it that he trusts me (I just hope that trust isn’t misplaced).

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And I even found 3 pairs of shoes! These ones weren’t in the best condition, but I deemed them good enough to buy for half off, especially the dress shoes, which had no wear on them and weren’t even dirty. I do declare, Lee’s Summit children must change out their shoes a lot, because nearly every pair of shoes I have purchased in that area is in brand new condition!

At any rate, this was yet another Red Racks success for me. I actually did sleep easier that night, knowing that I wouldn’t have to go to the thrift store for at least a year after my little one is born. I mean, who really wants to shop for childrens clothing with three kids in tow? I certainly don’t. At least not until she can walk on her own. And now, hopefully, I won’t have to!

Fifty Cent Sunday!

I went to Red Racks Thrift Store for Mother’s Day, taking dragon boy with me while Tiger boy went grocery shopping with the hubby. Red Racks has a “50 cent sunday” event, in which they take one sticker color and sell everything with that color for 50 cents. They also choose two other colors, one for 50% off, and the other for 25% off. It’s a great way to get rid of excess merchandise so they can provide new stock every week.

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This weeks sticker color was Orange. The white stickers were 50% off, and the blue ones were 25% off. In light of my promise to get the best deal, I only looked at the orange sticker items, with the exception of a pair of size 3 baby sneakers, which were marked with a white sticker (and, therefore, half off).

My first goal was to find some size 6 jeans for Tiger boy. I have 7 other pairs of pants, most of which were twill or khaki. I estimate I need at least three pairs of actual jeans to make it through the winter.

I also wanted to get started on the pajama collection-I have enough for tiger boy to finish out this year (if he doesn’t have a massive growth spurt), but I have virtually nothing for next year. I was able to find one pair of pajama shorts and one pair of pajama pants. Its a start!

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My third goal was to purchase another pair of size 4t pants for Dragon boy-Tiger boy wore his for two years in a row, so most of my hand-me-down pants in that size are severely worn out, sporting a trendy hole in the knee. I am trying to slowly replenish that supply, and 50 cent sunday is the perfect way of doing so on a tight budget.

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The only size 4t jeans that I could find turned out to be girls jeans. No biggie, I can remove those stitched in hearts easily enough, and cover any remnants with a low-key iron on decal of some kind.  I still have iron-on transfer paper and a lot of material. Maybe a nice pair of dinosaurs, or maybe a snake? I may let him dictate what he wants. I haven’t decided yet. We do have a ways to go before he will transition from 3t to 4t.

I seem to be on a role with the wrong kind of pants, because the size 6 pants I found were also girls jeans-they have a flare at the bottom that i missed out on until my husband pointed them out. However, I don’t consider them to have been a total loss-we are having a girl, and there is never a bad time to start preparing a “futures” bin for her, as well.

So now that I had found two pairs of jeans, it was time to see what was available in the newborn baby girl section. I found three pairs of pants (3-6 months), a brand new Babies R Us shirt with the tag still attached, and a pair of white, size 3 sneakers.

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You can’t really see them very well, but have you noticed the glaring lack of pink and purple? Yup, that was my intention! I think pale yellow, pale lavender, and rich navy tones are classier, more elegant colors for a baby girl than the extremely overdone pinks and purples. And since I’ve been given a lot of “girly” stuff, I wanted something a lot less frilly for Baby Monkey.

So now I was up to 9 items, or $6.24. I wanted to see if I could find any maternity clothes without breaking my $10 budget. But there weren’t any orange stickers in maternity, so I decided to look elsewhere.

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I found an XL top with Rouching on the sides, and a crop top I can wear over a few spagehetti strap tank tops. Although the crop top does make me look like something from a jazzercise video, it is actually quite comfortable!

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So what did I save by exclusively buying 50 cent merchandise? My total for 11 items was a whopping $7.24, all items costing me only 50 cents, with the exception of the shoes (a white tag item), which cost me $2.24.

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The total original sticker price was $34.96. I saved $27.72 by choosing to purchase only those items marked down to $0.50 during their 50 cent sunday promotion. And even though the place wasn’t all that crowded, it still took me two hours to go through everything (mainly because some of the maternity clothes are mixed in with regular clothes, and I don’t want to miss a good deal because I wasn’t in the right place).

Overall, I think my trip today was a success! This is definitely my new obsession. Most of the items I really want have a tan sticker. I wonder when that one will join the ranks of 50 cent sunday?

How about you? Any luck at the thrift store lately? What about department stores? Or do you have additional tips or suggestions on purchasing quality clothes fore mere pennies? I would love to hear from you!