BC Predicts: October 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 10.00.33 AMI can’t believe it’s nearly 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.

  • Last year during week one Amazon ran an Amazon Mom appreciation event with an extra 30% off more than 250 toys. I hope we’ll see it again.
  • Watch for a clearance on BabyLegs legwarmers next week.
  • Costume clearance should ramp up after October 1. Look for discounts of 30% off or more. 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 10/5 last year.
  • Keep an eye out for a Fall Outlet Sale at Petunia Picklebottom at the end of week one.
  • Expect Columbus Day Sales to start up next week. Look for them at Kohl’s, The Children’s Place, Stride Rite, Macy’s and other retailers. Expect great deals on outerwear, shoes and more. I’ll publish a big round up of the sales starting mid next week.
  • Snapfish is known to offer penny prints in early October.
  • Old Navy’s birthday is shortly after Columbus Day. Look for them to celebrate with a sale.
  • 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.
  • Target usually releases a bunch of Toy Coupons around the middle of the month. They’ll be good through the end of the year.
  • The middle of the month last year brought BOGO Free Little Tikes toys at ToysRUs.
  • The week before Halloween will bring some nice clearance deals on Halloween themed decor and costumes.
  • Expect to see some “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 Mattel ran one for $10 off $25 just after mid month. Fisher-Price ran a $10 off $30 sale a few days earlier.  Look for toy books from your favorite stores during the final week of the month.
  • Lands’ End ran a coupon for 31% off your order on Halloween last year.
  • 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 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast: Baby Gear Sales & More

Baby Cheapskate's 2015 Baby Bargain ForecastI 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. You’ll find a roundup of Labor Day sales and a forecast of upcoming Labor Day sales here.

Fisher-Price Deals

  • Watch for a BOGO FREE Fisher-Price toy sale at Toys R Us near the end of week one.
  • We often see deals on Fisher-Price toys mid-month. Target issued a bunch of coupons around the 15th last year, Kmart often has  25% off Laugh and Learn toys at mid month. Look for an FP deal at Kohls, too, to the tune of 40% off.
  • Mattel toys ran a “Black Friday in September” sale around the end of the third week of the month last year with deals on Fisher Price, Barbie and more.
  • Watch for a Fisher-Price daily deal at Amazon during the last half of the month.

Baby Sales and Other September Sales

Week 1:

  • Gymboree ran a baby sale last year during week one with up to 50% off.
  • Keep an eye on Shutterfly. If we’re lucky, we should see a free photo book and/or free prints deal within the next few days.
  • Watch for a warehouse clearance event at Pottery Barn Kids online and in stores. Last year we saw prices on furniture and more at up to 60% off.
  • We’ll be starting to see discounts on Halloween costumes very soon (yep, already!). Last year during week one Gymboree had theirs at 40% off.
  • The Children’s Place ran a baby sale starting at the end of week one last year. Save up to 50%. There should be a coupon worth 15% off or so released in conjunction with the sale. The end of the first week of September should also bring an extra 30% off clearance during the Fall Sale at The Children’s Place. Changes to extra 50% off at the end of the month.
  • Kohls got in on the baby sale action during week one last year, 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 end of the first week of September brought us 25% off costumes and free shipping at DisneyStore.

Weeks 2-3:

  • Kohls.com offered shoppers a coupon for $10 off a $30 baby purchase during week two last year. Their baby sale runs along with an anniversary sale and a 15% (or so) coupon. The sale should run for about a week.
  • 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.
  • Walmart kicked off a baby sale during week two last year.
  • Watch for Chicco baby gear deals after mid-month. We’ve seen them at AlbeeBaby.com, Amazon, and other retailers.
  • Don’t miss Old Navy’s Baby Sale around the middle of of week three. Everything for baby was 30% off, and maternity items were 25% off.

Week 4:

  • The final week of September brought us a “free shipping with no minimum” deal at Kohls.com.
  • Tea Collection’s Friends and Family sale (20% off) started early in week four last year.
  • We saw deal for 10 free cards at Shutterfly last year just after the 20th.
  • Lands End ran a Friends and Family sale near the end of week four last year with 30% off.
  • The end of the month also brought a deal for an extra 50% off clearance toys at Kmart last year.


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.

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

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BC Predicts: August 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast [Shoe Deals, Backpacks, More]

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 10.04.18 AMAugust 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!
  • 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. Shoes.com‘s BOGO FREE sale is on now and wraps up tomorrow. During week three last year, 6pm.com had 60% to 80% off kids’ sandals. Amazon had a coupon for an extra 20% off kids; shoes near the end of the month.
  • 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. The Children’s Place ran an Extra 30% off deal in week two last year. Crazy8‘s BOGO .08 sale happened during week three.
  • We should see a free prints deal from Shutterfly around the end of the first week in August. Watch for a free cards offer 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 sale started just after the 20th last year.
  • 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 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast

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Here are some of the hot deals I expect to see in July:

  • We kick off the month, of course, with 4th of July sales. You can see all of those in one place here.
  • 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.
  • We should see Tea Collection‘s Semi-Annual Sale any day now. Last year shoppers enjoyed 40% off.
  • Watch for an extra 25% off clearance shoes at Stride Rite around the 4th or just after.
  • Shutterfly ran a 101-free-prints promo just after July 4 last year. Snapfish should offer penny prints, too.
  • Watch for BOGO FREE Baby Legs legwarmers during the second week of the month. It’s their birthday.
  • Target offered 40% off maternity clothing during the second week of the month last year
  • Lands End had 50% off swim items around miid-month last year.
  • Carters.com ran a BOGO free sale at mid-month last year.
  • Watch for Petunia Pickle Bottom’s outlet sale around mid-month.
  • 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.
  • The Children’s Place ran a Friends & Family Sale on the 16th last year.
  • 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
  • Last year BabyLegs wowed us with a Buy-one-get-three-free sale around week 3.
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversay Sale should start around week three.
  • I hope we see the American Girl sale again just after mid-month. Last year they had mini dolls at half off! Bitty Babies were $20 off.
  • Disney Store ran a BOGO FREE sale during week four last year. It included PJs, swimsuits, toys, and more.
  • See Kai Run ran a summer clearance sale at the end of July last year with up to 60% off.
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 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast [Semiannual Sales & More!]

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 5.26.33 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)
    • Carters.com (week 2)
    • Oshkosh (week 2)
    • Gap (week 2)
    • Old Navy, (week 2)
    • The Children’s Place (week 2/3)
    • Crocs.com (week 2/3)
    • Tea Collection (week 3)
    • Hanna Andersson (week 3)
    • DisneyStore.com (week 3) On NOW!
    • Crazy8 (week 3)
    • Stride Rite (week 4)
    • Pediped (week 4)
  • Watch for deals on balance bikes and other ride ons at flash-sale sites like Zulily
  • Abe’s Market usually releases a nice coupon code around the start of week two. Use it to save on safer sunscreens for kids.
  • BabyLegs ran a BOGO Free sale at the end of week two last year.
  • Kohl’s held a Friends and Family sale at the end of week two as well.
  • Watch for deals on Fisher-Price toys at Amazon this month, too. Last year they ran a 50% off daily deal.
  • I hope we’ll see a return of the 50% off “School’s Out” sale at See Kai Run around mid-month.
  • Boden offered shoppers 40% off 40 favorites around the 20th last year.
  • Look for 20% to 50% off in Target‘s kids apparel department throughout the month, with the best bargains toward the end of Jun
  • Expect 50% off summer items at Kohl’s around the 20th of the month.
  • Look for 50% off clearance apparel at Toys R Us during the last week of the month. Both TRU and BRU should run clearance sales this month.
  • 4th of July Sales will start during the final week of the month. Look for them at Gap, Gymboree, Carters, Snapfish and many other stores.
  • 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 5. Dunkin’ Donuts is in on the 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 27. 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 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast [Memorial Day Sales & More]

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May?!? How on earth did that happen? Here are a few of the bargains and deals I expect to see this May:

Pottery Barn Kids started the month off with a warehouse clearance sale last year with up to 60% off bedding, rockers, Anywhere Chairs, and more

Watch for Cinco de Mayo deals. Crazy 8, for instance, had $5 tees, tanks shorts and more last year on May 5.

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

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

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.

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 a $50 kids’ shoe order.

Lands End ran a Friends and Family sale just after mid-month last year with 25% off.

Old Navy’s baby sale should begin some time between the 10th and 15th.

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 24 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 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast

BC Predicts: April 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast

What 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 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.

Watch for Fisher-Price deals throughout the month. During the first week of April last year, for example, Amazon ran one where you got a $10 credit with purchase of three select toys.

Last year during the second week of April Amazon ran a Busy Toddler Savings event with an extra $5 off to $50 off depending on how much you spent.

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

Carters and OshKosh offered free shipping with no minimum just after mid-month last year. They offered it again right at the end of the month.

Look for more high-value discounts from Gap and Old Navy around the middle of April.

Look for 50% off at Baby Legs around the middle of the month.

Boden ran a 25% off sale during week three last year. They’ve been known to offer free shipping, too.

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 18 through April 26 More info here.

Look for 101 free prints from Shutterfly near the end of week three.

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.

Lands’ End had 30% off kids’ shoes just after week three last year.

Petunia Pickle Bottom ran another outlet sale just after week three last year, too.

Kohls traditionally runs a giant toy clearance sale during the third week of the month with up to 65% off Fisher-Price toys.

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

The final week of the month last year brought a Cartwheel offer for 25% off kids’ shoes at Target. There was a Target mobile coupon for an extra $5 off $25, too!

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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