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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BC Predicts: March 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast [F&F Sales and More]

BC Predicts: March 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast [F&F Sales and More]Aah, March… Also known as the month when winter finally shows itself the door. At least here in the south, that is. It’s a month when we see quite a few bargains, too, as stores start to really push warm weather clothing. Here are the sales, deals, and coupons to look out for this month.

This list is based on previous years’ bargains. While there’s no guarantee that we’ll see these, I find that stores are pretty consistent from year to year.

March brings showers of consignment sales hosted by churches, neighborhoods and other organizations. This is peak consignment sale time, so be sure to check for sales near you in your local paper or at The Bargain Watcher, KidsConsignmentSales.com or ConsignmentMommies.com. In Georgia, where I am, for example, there are about 75 consignment sales listed for March. Consignment sales will taper off toward the end of April and start up again around the first of August for fall and winter goods.

What Else…

  • Sell your spring and summer apparel at local kiddie consignment stores.
  • The Children’s Place kicked off a Friends and Family sale near the end of week one last year with a 30% off coupon. They followed up with a Spring Sale the following week.
  • Shutterfly ran a 10-free-cards deal at the start of week 2 last year.
  • Fisher-Price Store offered shoppers 10 Fisher-Price toys for $10 each on the 10th last year. Watch for more Fisher-Price and Mattel deals from other retailers later this month.
  • Stride Rite‘s BOGO 40% off shoe sale started around the 11th last year.
  • Gap’s Friends and Family sale started at the end of week two last year and featured a 40% off coupon.
  • Look for penny prints at Snapfish around mid month.
  • Watch for a free photo book offer from Shutterfly near mid-month.
  • Swimwear deals should start up around midmonth. OshKosh had BOGO Free swimsuits and more last year. DisneyStore had a great sale, too.
  • We saw an American Girl Store coupon come out around midmonth last year. It was worth $10 off $50.
  • Watch for “Pi Day” and St. Patrick’s Day sales on March 14 at Crazy8, Gymboree, 6pm.com and elsewhere.
  • OshKosh ran a BOGO free shoes deal during week three last year.
  • We saw a $10 off $30 kids’ clothing and shoe coupon from Kohl’s around the 20th of March last year.
  • Target’s BOGO 50% off clothing and shoe sale ran during the fourth week of March last year.
  • Look for a BOGO .88 sale from Crazy8 near the end of the month.
  • Watch for BOGO Free Fisher-Price toys at Target near the end of March.
  • Watch for a $15 off $15 coupon at Snapfish near the end of the month.Keep an eye out for these sales and deals, readers, and let me know when you see ‘em.
  • Look for a shower of high value coupons from top retailers as we near April. Last year we saw them from Carters, Children’s Place, Kohls and more.
  • Sales on outdoor play equipment to begin this month. Look for bargains on swings, basketball goals, etc. from Toys R Us, Target and other retailers.

Keep an eye out for these sales and deals, readers, and let me know when you see ‘em.

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BC Predicts: February 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast [Friends & Family Sales & More]

BC Predicts: February 2016 Baby Bargain ForecastHere’s what you’ve go to look forward to in February, based on previous years’ sales and coupons. Think coupon codes, Presidents Day sales, and lots of great opportunities for buying second-hand stuff:

  • Clearance deals on outerwear are still in full effect. You should be able to find coats for more than 50% off easily now.
  • Expect more deals on last years’ baby gear styles as manufacturers  continue to debut their 2016 models.
  • Crazy 8‘s BOGO .88 sale started near the end of week one last year.
  • Speaking of BOGO, Target had BOGO 50% off shoes last year during the first week of the month. I hope we’ll see that again this year.
  • DisneyStore‘s Friends and Family Sale should start next week.
  • Last year Amazon gave shoppers an extra 20% off clothing for the family during week two.
  • Shutterfly issued a coupon for $15 off at $30 purchase a few days before Valentine’s Day last year. There were some pretty nice sales already running, too.
  • Watch for one-day coupon codes on Valentine’s Day. In the past we’ve seen them at 6pm.com and elsewhere.
  • Nordstrom should kick off a clearance sale shortly after Valentine’s Day. Look for deals on kids’ shoes.
  • Presidents Day sales start during week two. Last year we saw 40% off at Shutterfly, 50% off at Carters, 20% to 30% off at Kohls, BOGO 40% off at Stride Rite, $10 off $50 at Lands’ End, and more. I’ll publish a roundup when they start.
  • We should see free or penny prints from Snapfish and Shutterfly around Presidents’ Day.
  • Lands’ End‘s Friends and Family sale should start during week three.
  • Tea Collection usually runs a Friends and Family sale starting during the final week of the month.
  • Winter clearance at consignment stores begins this month. Check in and stock up on warm clothing for next year!
  • Consignment stores start buying spring and summer clothes. Take yours in and makes some extra cash!

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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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