BC Predicts: October 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast

Screen-Shot-2015-09-29-at-10.00.33-AM-330x275I can’t believe it’s October already. Besides ghoulish decorations and costumed kiddies, October brings some scary good clearance buys, pre-season (you know what season I mean) deals, and Columbus Day sales.

Here’s what I expect to see this October, based on sales we saw in previous years. These sales and coupons don’t always make a return appearance, but they quite often do.

  • Costume clearance should ramp up after October 1. Look for discounts of 30% off or more and expect to see several stores with 50% off. We should also see some daily deal costume offerings at Groupon and the like–$10 for $20 at various online stores, etc. We’ll also see big discounts on Halloween accessories–like those cute totes from Lands End. Target had BOGO FREE Hallween costumes on 10/4 last year.
  • Last year Amazon ran a Baby Jogger promo in October that started on the first of the month: Get a free second seat with purchase of a Baby Jogger City Select stroller.
  • Snapfish and Shutterfly are known to offer penny prints and free prints deals in early October. We should also see a few more free cards deals.
  • Columbus Day is October 10. Expect Columbus Day Sales to start up next week. Look for them at Pottery Barn Kids, Kohl’s, The Children’s Place, Stride Rite, Macy’s and other retailers. Expect great deals on outerwear, shoes, costumes, and more. I’ll publish a big round up of the sales as they start appearing.
  • Old Navy’s birthday is shortly after Columbus Day. Look for them to celebrate with a sale.
  • Target usually releases a bunch of Toy Coupons around the middle of the month. They’ll be good through the end of the year.
  • Look for photo book and photo gift deals  around mid month from Shutterfly, Snapfish et al. Snapfish ran a 50% off sitewide sale just after mid month last year, and Shutterfly had 50% off photo books. We should see some earlybird photo card deals, too; aim for scoring holiday cards for 30 to 50% off.
  • The middle of the month last year brought BOGO Free Little Tikes toys at ToysRUs.
  • Gymboree’s Fall Sale should kick off around the 20th. Expect an extra 50% off markdowns and more.
  • The week before Halloween will bring some nice clearance deals on Halloween themed decor and costumes.
  • Target released a $10 off $50 toy coupon at the beginning of week four last year (around the 21st). Kohl’s released a $10 off $40 toy coupon a few days later.
  • Expect to see more “pre-season” toy sales in weeks three and four. Look for them at Toys R Us and elsewhere. These may also come in the form of one-day sales at brand websites like Fisher-Price and Mattel. Last year Fisher-Price ran a $10 off $50 sale just before mid month, for example.
  • Last week during the final week of the month Amazon ran a deal for an extra 25% off athletic shoes for the family. Fingers crossed that they bring it back this year.
  • Keep an eye out for a Fall Outlet Sale at Petunia Pickle Bottom at the end of week four.
  • Expect lots of food deals on Halloween (October 31). Last year we saw free donuts at Krispy Kreme, $1.31 scoops at Baskin-Robbins. .5o corn dogs at Sonic. and more.
  • Look for toy books from your favorite stores during the final week of the month.
  • Believe it or not, we should also start to see Black Friday previews and sneak peeks starting at the end of the month. Yikes!
  • Watch for great model-year-clearance bargains to be had on everything that has a model year–car seats, high chairs, etc.
  • Yard sales continue in warmer areas. Local kiddie consignment sales continue, too.

Ready or not, holiday-themed sales start November 1. Or earlier. I’ll be updating all the Toys Kids Play With lists later this month.

Know of any October sales, deals or coupons I missed? Let us know in the comments.

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BC Predicts: September 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast: Baby Gear Sales & More

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 3.03.32 PMI love September! From Labor Day sales (get it, “labor”?) to baby proofing and car seat deals for Baby Safety Month and Child Passenger Safety Month, you’ll find some of the year’s best discounts on baby gear this month. Here’s what I expect to see this month, based on sales we saw in previous years.

Labor Day Sales

Labor Day is next Monday, and we’ve already seen a few sales start. See them all here.

Fisher-Price Deals

  • Fall Clearance! Week two brought an extra 25% off sale section toys and gear at Fisher-Price Store.
  • We often see deals on Fisher-Price toys mid-month. Target issued a bunch of coupons around the 15th last year,
  • Watch for a Fisher-Price daily deal along with lots of FP Lightning Deals at Amazon during the last half of the month.

Baby Sales and Other September Sales

Week 1:

  • We should see a free prints deal from Shutterfly within the next week.
  • Amazon’s September Baby Sale kicked off on September first last year and lasted all month. The retail giant offered shoppers savings of 20% to 60% on clothing, gear, toys and more.
  • We’ll be starting to see discounts on Halloween costumes very soon (yep, already!). The end of week one last year brought 60% off Halloween costumes at Carter’s online.
  • Kohls got in on the baby sale action at the end of  week one last year, too. In the past they’ve offered $10 off a $30 baby purchase. Watch for a concurrent Anniversary Sale, too.
  • Keep an eye out for a baby sale at Amazon some time during the first half of the month.. Last year around mid-month we saw a coupon for an extra 20% off.
  • The ToysRUs/BabiesRUs Car Seat Trade Up event started on September 10 last year. If they run it again, expect  25% off a regular-priced new car seat or travel system when you trade up a used one (30% off if you use a TRU or BRU credit card).

Weeks 2-3:

  • Gap’s Baby Sale started around the beginning of week two last year. Save up to 40% on jeans, long-sleeved tees and more. The sale should run for about a week. At some point during the sale we should see a coupon for extra kid and baby savings.
  • Snapfish had penny prints around the 8th last year.
  • Watch for 40% off Halloween costumes during week two at Gymboree.
  • Watch for Chicco baby gear deals after mid-month. We’ve seen them at AlbeeBaby.com, Amazon, and other retailers.
  • Diapers.com typically runs their 25% off site-wide sale in mid September.
  • Don’t miss Old Navy’s Baby Sale around the start of of week three. Everything for baby wasup to 50% off.
  • Kohls’ Friends and Family sale usually starts just after mid-month. Expect 20% off.
  • Target had 30% off Halloween costumes during week 3 last year.

Week 4:

  • We saw deal for 10 free cards at Shutterfly last year just after the 25th.


Have you noticed that all the online retailers have their Halloween costumes up? Are you wondering if you should buy now? The answer is no, unless there’s something super particular you want and you’re afraid to miss out.

Expect discounting on Halloween costumes to begin around the first of October. It will start at 25% to 30% off and increase weekly. In the meantime, check out this post: Finding Scary-Good Deals on Second Hand Halloween Costumes


  • Consignment sales continue (see listings here). Garage sales pick up as the weather cools off.
  • Believe it or not, we should see the first Black Friday ad sneak peeks at the end of the month.

Do you know of any more great sales in September? Let us know in the comments.

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BC Predicts: August 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast [Shoe Deals, Backpacks, More]

BC Predicts: August 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast [Shoe Deals, Backpacks, More]August brings a wrap-up of summer clearance sales, a crop of fall clothing sales and the kick off of those wonderful fall consignment sales. Here’s what I expect to see this month, based on sales we saw in previous years.

  • Shop tax-free. Most states’ tax holidays are the first or second weekend of the month, just in time for back-to-school shopping. Here’s a state-by-state list of sales tax holidays. Check your local newspaper for more local details. Diapers may be tax free in your state–that’s a discount of 5% to 10% depending on where you live!
  • BOB and Britax deals: Last year during the first week of the month Target offered a free BOB B-Safe Infant Car Seat with purchase of a selectBOB stroller. Week two at Amazon brought another Britax deal: Buy a select Britax Boulevard, Marathon or Advocate car seat (already up to 28% off) at Amazon and get a free $30 Amazon gift card. Albee Baby took up to 30% off Britax seats around the same time.
  • Deals abound on kids shoes in August. For example, Stride Rite’s BOGO 40% off sale started during the first week of August last year. Amazon had a coupon for an extra 20% off Stride Rite and more during the first week of the month. During week three last year, 6pm.com offered huge savings on kids’ sandals.
  • And of course we’ll continue to see great BTS deals on clothes as well as deep discounts on summer gear. Gymboree’s $14.99 and under sale should start around the end of week one, for example. Crazy8‘s BOGO .08 sale happened around mid-month.
  • Photo prints and gifts: We should see a free prints deal from Shutterfly around the end of the first week in August and a penny prints sale from Snapfish around the same time. Snapfish ran a BOGO Free sitewide sale during the first week of August last year. Watch for a free cards offer from Shutterfly around mid-month. We should see more great photo print and gift deals as Labor Day approaches.
  • Mid-month brought price cuts on Lands End lunch boxes and backpacks to the tune of over 50% off. We’ll also see even more fab deals on school uniforms around this time. Weeks three and four should bring even more deep discounts on backpacks and lunchboxes from Hanna Andersson, Pottery Barn Kids and others.
  • Disney Store‘s BOGO $1 Plush sale started during the second week of August last year.
  • The third week of the month brought an Amazon Prime Member Appreciation Event last year. It lasted through the first week of September. We saw a coupon for 30% off hundreds of toys and more.
  • Look for Labor Day deals, sales and coupons to start up during the final week of the month. Watch for early sales at Gymboree, Gap, Old Navy, and other retailers. I’ll be publishing a big roundup of the best of the bunch near the end of the month.

Deals on second hand items:

  • Consignment stores start accepting fall clothing at the beginning of August. Time to cash in with last years’ winter clothes. Read about it here.
  • You’ll start seeing fall consignment sales this month, too. Check for sales in your area at Consignment Mommies or KidsConsignmentSales.com. Shopping consignment sales is a GREAT way to save money on baby items. It’s also a fun thing to do when you’re pregnant (not as fun with baby in tow). Many larger sales have websites. Check for special shopping hours for expectant moms and for “no strollers” shopping times.

For September: Labor Day baby sales (love those!).

Know of any August sales or deals I missed? Let us know in the comments!

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BC Predicts: July 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast

BC Predicts: July 2016 Baby Bargain ForecastWhew, summer’s in full effect now, for usre. Hot enough for ya? Lucky for us July’s deals are forecasted to be pretty hot, too! Here are some that I expect to see next month:

  • We kick off the month, of course, with 4th of July sales, and many are on nowYou can see all of those in one place here.
  • Watch for some deeeep discounts on outdoor toys at Target next week. Last year we saw 50% off select pools, Super Soakers and more.
  • Target ran a 30% off school uniforms deal just after the July 4 holiday last year.
  • Summer clothing and shoe clearance is officially in full swing. Expect deals to continue beyond the July 4th sales. Shop now for best selection, though.
  • Shutterfly ran a 101-free-prints promo just after July 4 last year. Snapfish should offer penny prints around the same time, too.
  • Disney Store took an extra 25% off clearance last year during the second week of the month. They offered an extra 40% off sale items for one day late in the month. Keep an eye out around the 20th or 21st.
  • Target usually offers some great Cartwheel offers for  maternity clothing during the first week of the month. Keep an eye out here.
  • Amazon’s Prime Day is July 12 this year. Expect discounts for Prime Members on thousands of items with “count down” deals starting just after July 4. Walmart responded last year by offering their own “mega sale,” so keep an eye out for deals there, too.
  • Watch for Petunia Pickle Bottom’s outlet sale just before mid-month. Save up to 60%.
  • We’ll start to see more and more deals on outdoor toys as the season approaches the midpoint.
  • We’ve already started to see deals on school uniforms, backpacks and lunch boxes (we go back to school here in about four weeks!). Those will continue through Labor Day with clearance on these items starting around the first of September.
  • Look for big time Target baby department clearance starting early in the month. Later in July, around the twentieth or so, expect a coupon for an extra 20% off clearance in the baby and kid departments.
  • The Children’s Place ran a Friends & Family Sale after the second week of the month last July.
  • I expect that we’ll see some “Black Friday in July” sales around the 25th this month. Never too early to start thinking about the holidays, right? Sigh. Watch for them at Target, Step2 and other retailers
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversay Sale should start just after mid-month. Last year I believe it started on the 17th.

Plan ahead:

Note: BC Predicts information is based on previous years’ sales. Stores and brands don’t always repeat their sales, but they very often do.

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BC Predicts: June 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast [Semiannual Sales & More!]

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 10.59.38 PMHere are some of the bargains I expect to see this June including LOTS of clearance and semi-annual sales.

  • Yard sales continue, peaking in many areas when the temp hits about 80 degrees.
  • Last-minute Father’s Day Deals: Expect some great in-store sales on all those typical “man gifts” (ties, sports equipment, etc). Look for great photo gift deals, too. Target ran a BOGO 50% off sale on mens’ clothes around the first of the month, for example, and Shutterfly released a high-value coupon at the end of week one.
  • Semiannual sales, friends and family sales, and clearance sales start around the end of week one and last for one to two weeks each. Look for them at the following retailers (dates subject to change)
    • Gymboree (week 1)
    • Crazy8 (week 1)
    • DisneyStore.com (week 1)
    • The Children’s Place (week 2)
    • Stride Rite (week 2)
    • Crocs.com (week 2/3)
    • Tea Collection (week 3)
    • Pediped (week 4)
  • Watch for deals on balance bikes and other ride ons at flash-sale sites like Zulily
  • Watch for deals on Fisher-Price toys at Fisher-Price store around the beginning of the month.
  • Kohl’s held a Friends and Family sale at the end of week one last year as well.
  • Gap’s Kid and Baby sale should kick off some time during the first week of June. Expect up to 40% off.
  • JCPenney ran its Friend & Family sale during the second week of the month with 25% off.
  • Look for 20% to 50% off in Target‘s kids apparel department throughout the month, with the best bargains toward the end of June.
  • Mattel ran a big sale around mid month last year with up to 50% off Barbie, Hot Wheels and more.
  • I was excited to see a flash sale from Stride Rite at mid-month last year. Select styles were $19.99.
  • 4th of July Sales will start during the final week of the month. Look for them at Gap, Gymboree, Carters, Pottery Barn Kids Snapfish and many other stores.
  • Believe it or not, we’ll see some great deals on school uniforms starting around the end of the month. Last year Target had BOGO 60% off.
  • Clearance on outdoor and pool toys begins in earnest as retailers itch to make room for the back-to-school stuff. Look for 50% off and more, with the best deals showing up as we near July.

Freebie events:

  • Krispy Kreme historically gives away a free donut on National Donut Day! This year it’s on Friday, June 3. Dunkin’ Donuts is in on the free donut action this year, too!
  • Dads get in free on Fathers Day at many zoos nationwide. Check your local zoo’s website to see if yours is included.
  • Take part in the Great American Backyard Campout on June 25. It’s sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.

Heads Up: Look for fall apparel to arrive in stores after July 4 (ugh. I know). That means summer clearance in earnest with discounts above 50%.

Note: BC Predicts information is based on previous years’ sales. Stores and brands don’t always repeat their sales, but they very often do.

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BC Predicts: May 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast [Memorial Day Sales & More]

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 2.26.32 PMMay?!? How on earth did that happen? Here are a few of the bargains and deals I expect to see this May:

May 4th is Star Wars Day, so expect to see several Star Wars-themed deals at clothing stores, shoe stores, and toys stores online. Last year Amazon offered up to 60% off Star Wars items as a Deal of the Day. Target and Walmart also participated.

Watch for Cinco de Mayo deals. Crazy 8, for instance, had $5 tees, tanks shorts and more last year on May 5. 6pm.com had $25 dollar shoe deals.

Walgreens photo gave customers a free 8×10 enlargement just before Mothers Day last year.

Kohls usually runs a Friends and Family sale during the first or second week of the month with an extra 20% off coupon.

Watch for Old Navy to run their Baby and Kids sale during the first or second week of the month. Expect up to 50% off kids’ items and 30% off items for grown ups.

Fathers’ Day deals should start up mid-month. Look to save up to 40% on photo gifts like photo mugs beginning just after Mother’s Day.

Keep an eye on 6pm.com for great deals on kids’ shoes starting around the middle of the month.

I’m hoping we’ll see the same Fisher-Price and Mattel Deals of the Day at Amazon that we saw last year at mid-month.

Watch for kid shoe deals at Amazon, too. Last year just after week one we saw a coupon for 20% off.

REI’s Anniversary Sale should start just after mid-month, too. Look for deals on bikes, gear and more.

Look for Memorial Day sales to start around the 18th at stores like Carters, Oshkosh, Disney Store, Stride Rite and Crazy8. You’ll find up to 50% off swimwear, up to 50% off sandals, great deals on shorts and tees and more.

Old Navy offered 50% off all swimwear around May 20 last year.

Yard sales are in full swing! They’ll start winding down in May in warmer areas. You folks from cooler climes will enjoy them well into June. More about how to score big at yard sales here. You can use Yard Sale Treasure Map to find sales near you.

This month should see the return of $1 kids’ movies at various local theaters. The programs should last throughout the summer. I’ll update you when I have more info.

Note: BC Predicts information is based on previous years’ sales. Stores and brands don’t always repeat their sales, but they very often do.

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BC Predicts: April 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast

aprilbbfWhat baby bargains will April bring along with those pesky showers? Here’s what you can expect in April, based on sales and deals we’ve seen in previous years.

Watch for Britax and BOB deals this month as retailers clear out last year’s models. Look for them at Amazon, AlbeeBaby and other retailers.

With spring break’s arrival you can expect to see deals on swim diapers, swimsuits, sandals sunscreen and more pop up starting at the beginning of April.

We saw a free prints deal from Shutterfly around the end of week one last year. Snapfish ran a penny prints sale around mid-April.

Swimwear and shorts should go on sale at 50% off at Gymboree online just before the middle of the month.

Lands’ End took 30% off swimwear and kids’ shoes just before mid-month last year.

We should see a Spring Sale from Gap around mid-month. Expect up to 50% off.

Watch for big discounts on kids’ sport sandals at 6pm.com around mid-month.

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. BC predicts there will be lots of fun and free stuff to do outside in your community. Spring festivals also begin this month in many areas. Check your local listings. Many have arts and crafts areas for kids.

Earth Day also brings deals on eco-friendly and organic baby items. Look for them at ecomom.com, Abe’s Market and other retailers.

Get free admission to national parks April 16 through April 24 More info here.

Watch for Ergobaby deals around the 20th or so. Last year we saw gift card and credit offers at both Diapers.com and Target.

Week three brought a coupon for an extra 20% off sandals for the whole family at Amazon last year.

Also, look for free Mother’s Day Card offerings from Shutterfly, Snapfish et. al starting during the latter part of the month. Free photo book offers and “free shipping on photo gift” deals have also been known to surface.

We saw some great coupon codes for kid’s clothes during the second half of the month last year. Gap and The Children’s Place both had coupons for 40% off!

Watch for some great deals on outdoor toys from Amazon during the final week of the month. Last year they had Little Tikes, Melissa and Doug and more for 30% to 50% off.

Last year during the final week of April Target ran a nifty free-gift card-with-Baby Jogger-purchase offer.

Tea Collection‘s Sample Sale started on April 27 last year with savings of up to 60%.

Consignment sales continue this month, though not in the same volume we saw in March. Check for sales near you in your local paper or at The Bargain WatcherConsignment Mommies and KidsConsignmentsSales.com. Garage sales begin in warmer areas. Check your local paper or Craigslist to find them. Try using the “find” function on your browser to search for specific items like “crib” or “stroller” in the sale descriptions.

Sales on outdoor play equipment continue. This is a great month to buy a swingset.

Did I leave anything out? Let me know in the comments!

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