August 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast: 50% Off Backpacks, Shoe Deals, More

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 12.38.46 PMAugust 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 50% off sale started around August 1 last year. Shoes.com typically has one of their biggest clearance events of the year during early to mid August and issues a code for an extra 25% off sale prices. During week three last year, 6pm.com had 60% to 80% off kids’ sandals.
  • Mid-month brought price cuts on Lands End lunch boxes and backpacks to the tune of over 50% off. We’ll also see fab deals on school uniforms around this time.
  • Gap had a deal for an extra 50% off sale styles around the 15th last year, too. Also, watch for Gap.com‘s Friends and Family coupon during week two. It’s usually worth 30% off. Old Navy and Gap.com ran a 25% off coupon in week 2 last year. Look for another 25% to 30% off coupon from both Gap and Old Navy in week three.
  • Amazon Prime members enjoyed a coupon code for an extra 20% off hundreds of toys in mid August last year. The deal lasted for about a week.
  • Watch for a free cards deal from Shutterfly around the middle of the month.
  • Just after the 20th or so, watch for big discounts at Disney Store. Last year we saw a coupon for 40% off hundreds of items.
  • 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 The Bargain Watcher.com, 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!

photo by redtwolips via Flickr

BC Predicts: July 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

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Whew! I’ve been so caught up in posting 4th of July sales and deals that I forgot to post this month’s baby bargain forecast! Better a few days late than never.

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

  • Summer clothing and shoe clearance is officially in full swing. Expect deals to continue past the July 4th sales. Shop now for best selection, though.
  • Old Navy often does an “extra 20% off clearance” sale after the 4th, and Gap usually offers a high-value coupon code, too.
  • Gymboree ran a coupon for an extra 20% off Red Balloon Sale items at the end of week one last year.
  • Carters.com ran a BOGO free sale at mid-month last year.
  • 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.
  • Gap had a maternity sale early in the month, and released a one-day only 30% off coupon to go with it.
  • Last year on July 4th Disney Store had free shipping with no minimum to go along with the Twice Upon a Year Sale.
  • Look for deals on prints and photo books just after the 4th as retailers try to cash in on all those fireworks and picnic picks you took.  Shuterfly and Snapfish usually release major print deals early in July. Last year Shutterfly did 101 free prints near the end of the first week of the month (one-day only) and Snapfish had 99 prints for 99 cents at the same time. Look for discounts on photo gifts, too.
  • Toys R Us had BOGO Free Fisher-Price baby toys at the end of week one last year. Look for deals at Amazon and Walmart this month, too.
  • Petunia Pickle Bottom fans will be thrilled if we see an outlet sale around the 10th like we did last year.
  • Look for big time Target baby department clearance starting early in the month.
  • The Children’s Place ran a Friends & Family sale on the 19th last year.
  • Snapfish had a 50% off site-wide sale around week three 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.
  • Gap.com ran a 30% off sale items coupon in week three last year. Old Navy ran one shortly thereafter.
  • Last year BabyLegs wowed us with a Buy-one-get-three-free sale around week 3.
  • Shutterfly had photo books for 50% off during week four last year.
  • Target had kids’ shoes BOGO 50% off at the end of the month last year.
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.

BC Predicts: June 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.38.18 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 $10 off $10 coupon at the end of week one.
  • Semiannual sales, friends and family sales, and clearance sales start around the end of week one. Look for them at Gymboree (week 1), DisneyStore.com (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), Crazy8 (week 3), Stride Rite (week 4), and elsewhere. The sales usually run for up to one to two weeks.
  • Watch for deals on balance bikes and other ride ons at flash-sale sites like Zulily.
  • Toys R us ran a BOGO FREE toy sale just after mid-month last year. Brands included Little People, LeapFrog and others.
  • Watch for deals on Fisher-Price toys at Amazon this month, too. Last year they ran a 50% off daily deal.
  • Boden offered shoppers 30% off around the 20th last year.
  • Gap released several high value coupon codes during the first half of the month last year. On June 28 last year, Gap took 50% off all kid and baby swimsuits.
  • 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 will run clearance sales this month.
  • Kmart ran an in-store toy clearance sale with an extra 50% off sale prices at the end of week 3 last month. The sale excluded summer toys, however.
  • 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 6.
  • 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 28. 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.

BC Predicts: May 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast [Memorial Day Sales and More]

BC Predicts: May 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

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

Disney Store ran a big 40% off sale at the beginning of May last year.

Shutterfly offered $15 off a $30 purchase during the first week of the month last year. This was a one-day only deal.

Mothers’ Day sales: Many Mother’s Day sales have already appeared. Look for coupon codes and baby/mom-themed freebies during week one. Expect to find 50% off deals for photo mugs, photo books and similar items. Some retailers will offer expedited shipping.

Amazon usually runs an Amazon Mom Appreciation Event in May. Last year it started on the 8th. Look for 20% off a large selection of items including baby gear from Chicco, Graco, Britax and more.

We saw lots of great kid shoe deals last May:

  • See Kai Run had a one-day online warehouse sale on the 9th last year.
  • Shoes.com had a coupon for an extra 25% off sale shoes on the 9th as well.
  • Also on the 9th, Amazon ran a deal for 20% off a $50 Kids’ Shoe Order. It included Stride Rite, Pediped, and More
May is a great month for kids’ clothes deals, too. Here are a few we’ve seen during the past couple of years:
  • Keep an eye out for free shipping at Carter’s and OshKosh over the next week.
  • Watch for a Baby Sale at Kohls. It should bring great deals on Carter’s and Jumping Beans items.
  • Also, look for Old Navy to kick off their baby sale online during week two. Last year it started on the 10th.
  • Lands End ran a 30% off site-wide sale just after mid-month last year.
  • Gap has offered a one-day 30% to 40% off coupon during week three. Last year I told you about it on the 16th.
  • Look for Babies R Us stores to offer their “extra 50% off clearance clothing” deal some time between the middle of the month and the end of the month.
  • Old Navy offered 50% off all swimwear around May 25 last year.

Memorial Day sales start up in week three. Look for them at Carters, Oshkosh, Crazy8 and other retailers. You’ll find up to 50% off swimwear, up to 50% off sandals, great deals on shorts and tees and more.

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.

Fathers’ Day deals abound this month: look to save up to 40% on photo gifts like photo mugs beginning the day after Mother’s Day.

Memorial Day Sales! The Children’s Place, Old Navy, Kohl’s, Stride Rite, Babies R us, Shutterfly and other retailers cut prices starting at mid month. I’ll post a big roundup of all the deals as soon as they appear.

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.

photo credit: mikebaird via Flickr.

BC Predicts: April 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 8.54.42 AMWhat 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. 

Gap kicked the month off right with a 40% off coupon code on April 1 last year. You can get 35% off at Gap.com today (March 31). Fingers crossed that the deal is even better tomorrow.

Old Navy ran a 30% off coupon code on April 1 last year, too.

6pm.com really likes to celebrate those minor holidays. We saw some nice shoe deals from them April 1 -3 last year.

We saw some sweet deals on Britax seats and strollers during week one last year as Britax cleared out last year’s models. Look for them at Amazon, AlbeeBaby and other retailers.

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

Snapfish.com had 50% off photo books during week one last year.

Speaking of photo deals, expect several free and penny prints sales near the beginning of the month. Shutterfly had 101 free prints last year at the start of the month, for example. Snapfish’s birthday is early in April, so we always see some high-value discounts there, too.

Kohls ran a 20% off coupon that was good for everybody during week one and week two last year. There were some nice toy deals to go along with.

Look for 50% off at Baby Legs around April 15th.

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

Boden ran a 25% off sale at mid month last year. Free shipping, too.

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.

Diapers.com dropped prices on See Kai Run, Stride Rite and more by up to 40% during week two last year.

For more See Kai Run deals, watch for a 50% off early walker sale at SeeKaiRun.com around April 15.

Watch for a 50% off one item deal on kids’ clothes and shoes at Look.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.

Get free admission to national parks April 19 through April 27. More info here.

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.

Watch for a friends and family sale at The Children’s Place during week four.

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!

BC Predicts: March 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast [F&F Sales and More]

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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.
  • Look for anniversary/birthday sales or incentives at Shoes.com this month. Last year they had 25% off sale shoes during week one.
  • Big Lots’ Friends and Family Sale is this Sunday. Watch their Facebook page for the 20% off coupon.
  • Old Navy and Gap released  30% off coupon codes  during week one last year.
  • Diapers.com’s semi-annual sale should start during week one as well.
  • Crazy8 ran a Friends and Family sale at the end of week one last year. Prices were 25% off.
  • Look for a 25% off F&F sale from Crocs.com at the end of week one, too.
  • Shutterfly ran a coupon for ten free cards at the end of the first week of the month. Here’s hoping they’ll repeat it!
  • Last year we saw a coupon code for BOGO 50% off at Stride Rite during week two. It should be good for a couple of weeks.
  • Leapfrog.com typically runs a Friends and Family sale this month. Look for a coupon for 25% to 30% off around mid-month.
  • Watch for a $17 sale from 6pm.com on St. Patty’s Day (March 17).
  • Gap released another 30% off coupon during week three.
  • Watch for 30% off and free shipping from Gymboree during the third week of the month.
  • Look for a Spring Sale at Old Navy around week three. We typically see some great deals on baby clothes during this sale.
  • Target.com ran a BOGO 50% off shoes deal around week three.
  • Disney Store should run a Spring Toy Savings event during week three and an anniversary coupon for 25% off or so near the end of the month.
  • Watch for an outlet sale at Petunia Pickle Bottom  during week four. Last year I told you about it on the 22nd.
  • Also near the end of the month, look for some hot deals on photo prints and gifts from Snapfish including penny prints.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Keep an eye out for these sales and deals, readers, and let me know when you see ‘em. And don’t forget to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8!

BC Predicts: February 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

BC Predicts: February 2014 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:

  • Amazon issued an Amazon Mom coupon for an extra 15% off  select items during the first week of the month last year.
  • Last year near the end of week one Kodak Kiosk issued a coupon code for BOGO free Valentines Day cards.
  • Old Navy Baby and Maternity Sale (end of week 1; should last for 10 days or so). Expect up to 40% off spring clothing. Last year we saw $4 tee shirts, $15 maternity dresses and more.
  • Keep an eye out for FisherPrice.com’s 10 for $10 sale. Last week we saw it on February 8 and 9. The sale featured Disney, Little People, Laugh & Learn, Imaginext and more.
  • DisneyStore had 40% off top toys at the start of week two last year.
  • Expect more deals on last years’ baby gear styles as manufacturers debut their 2014 models.
  • Presidents Day sales start during week two. Last year we saw BOGO Free at Carters, 20% to 30% off at Kohls, free shipping at The Children’s Place, and more.
  • Spring fashions should go on sale at The Children’s Place during week three. Expect up to 30% off.
  • Gap.com’s semi-annual kids’ sale started at the beginning of week four last year.
  • Toys R Us had BOGO Free Fisher-Price toys during week four last year.
  • Tea Collection had a nice clearance sale at the end of February last year.
  • Lands End’s Friends and Family sale started at the beginning of week four last year with 30% off.
  • 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!

BC Predicts: January 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

BC Predicts: January 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

We all know to expect great clearance deals next month, but there’s lots of other savings to be had, too. Here are Baby Cheapskate’s predictions for January, based on previous years’ sales.

  • Watch for special deals on January 1 that will make clearance deals even better. Last year Disney Store had free shipping with no minimum to go along with their Twice Upon a Year Sale, for example. 6pm.com also did a one-day sale on January 1.
  • Photo deals continue through the first part of the month as Shutterfly, Snapfish, et al cash on on all those holiday photos.
  • After-Christmas toy clearance continues through the 15th or so. Stock your gift closet with the hot toys from 2013 at rock-bottom prices.
  • Read more about clothing and shoe clearance deals here. Most of the sales listed are still on. Others should start up next week. Look for bonus deals on MLK Jr. Day.
  • Look for Pediped’s Purchase for a Purpose sale near the end the first week of January at Pediped.com. We should see up to 50% off select styles.
  • We should see good coupon codes from Old Navy and Gap at the end of week one and later in the month as well.
  • The Children’s Place’s Monster Sale went to “Extra 50% off” at the end of week one last year. It went to “Extra 60% off” several days later. Don’t be surprised if we see free shipping with no minimum on New Years Day.
  • OshKosh and Carters ran clearance sales during week two as well. There were also coupon codes to make the savings even better.
  • Petunia Pickle Bottom‘s outlet sale started on the 15th last year.
  • Melissa and Doug ran an outlet sale around mid month, too.
  • JJCole’s outlet sale started just after mid month last yea
  • Valentines Day sales should begin mid-month at photo printing and gift retailers like Shutterfly and Snapfish. Last year saw 50% off on photo cards, 20% off photo mugs and more. Look for “free Valentines Day card” deals from Shutterfly and others.
  • Look for a 30% off coupon code for Gap.com and OldNavy.com just after mid month.
  • See Kai Run ran a winter clearance sale during week three last year.
  • Gap.com issued a 35% off coupon at the end of the month.
  • Scout for great finds at thrift stores, Freecycle, and Craigslist this month. Folks like to clear clutter as the year ends, leaving lots for second-hand bargain hunters to choose from this month.

Look ahead: Those massive kiddie consignment sales at churches will start up in mid February.

BC Predicts: November 2013 Baby Bargain Forecast

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Stores are already ramping up for your holiday dollars. Sales are running a few days earlier this year than last year, perhaps, but no extreme deviations so far. A few stores have already released their Black Friday circulars, and we’ll see lots more next week and the week after.

Keep in mind that Black Friday is late this year. I think that means we’ll see  sales start earlier. Look for a some big ones at the first of the month and at Veterans Day weekend.

The important thing to remember is that although sales will be good before Black Friday, they will most likely be as good or better on BF and in December. There’s no no need to rush through your shopping in fear that you’ll miss a deal. The exception? Photo gifts and other custom items. You’ll find the best deals on them during the second half of this month.

I’ll be bringing you lots of money-saving shopping tips and sharing tons of deals and coupons this month, so don’t worry about missing a thing.

Week 1:

  • Watch for Amazon to roll out its Black Friday page soon. Last year they ran a “Countdown to Black Friday Sale.” Daily Lightning Deals on toys have already begun.
  • Free holiday card deals continue. Watch for them at Tiny Prints and other retailers.
  • Look for a 30% off coupon code for Gymboree to appear during week one. They’ve released one for the past four years. We should also see one for about 20% off at Crazy 8.
  • Baby gear closeout deals continue as stores try to clear out last year’s models. Look for big discounts from Fisher Price, Graco and more at various retailers. Expect 30% to 50% off.

Week 2:

  • Look out for “friends and family” coupons to the tune of 20% to 30% off your purchase. Keep an eye on Gap brands, Disney, Crazy 8, Kmart, Lands End and Sears.
  • Outerwear should go to 50% off at Old Navy starting the second weekend of the month, if not slightly before.
  • Watch for more Veterans Day sales at Step2.com, Stride Rite, Carters and Oshkosh, Kohls, JCPenney, Kmart, and 6pm.com. As I mentioned earlier, I think Veteran’s Day will be huge sale-wise this year.
  • The Babies R Us / Toys R Us Veterans Day sale typically offers some coupons and deals. I’ll post ‘em when I see ‘em.
  • Fisher-Price had $10 toys on the 12th last year.
  • Expect several good coupon codes for shoes from retailers like Shoes.com, Shoebuy.com, and more. We’ve seen $20 off $50, 20% off, and others. Last year Piperlime ran a one-day 20% off coupon during week 2. Stride Rite ran a BOGO 50% off sale around then, too.
  • Look for some good deals on photo gifts and cards this week. Expect at least 25% off. Last year Shutterfly had cards 40% off during week two. Snapfish went 50% off site wide around the 14th last year.
  • If you’re in the market for a Cozy Coupe, Little Tikes had them 50% off last year for a few hours at their site on 11/11. You may want to sign up for emails to notified if a similar deal pops up this year.

Week 3:

  • The quiet before the storm. Many stores and sites will actually start their sales before Thanksgiving.
  • Target had BOGO 50% off clothing and shoes during week three last year. They also ran a 4-day sale at the end of week three last year with deals on Fisher-Price toys, Vtech toys, formula and more.
  • Carters and OshKosh ran 50% off site-wide sales during week three last year.
  • Watch for high value coupon codes at Old Navy and Gap.

Week 4:

  • Black Friday  is 11/29 and Cyber Monday is 12/2. Need I say more?
  • Before that, look for YoYo.com to take 30% off select toy brands during week 4.
  • Shutterfly ran another free cards deal during week four last year.

Baby Cheapskate’s mission is to keep you informed of ALL the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Check back often within the next couple of weeks for the scoop.

Baby Bargain Forecasts are based on previous years’ sales, deals and coupons. Stores don’t always run the same deals each year, but they quite often do.

BC Predicts: October 2013 Baby Bargain Forecast

Screen shot 2013-09-28 at 9.40.29 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.

  • 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–$10 for $20 at various online stores, etc.
  • Old Navy and Gap issued a 30% off coupon during week one last year. It was good for 48 hours.
  • Speaking of Old Navy and Gap, look for some early outerwear deals at the end of week one. Last year Old Navy had a great deal on Frost Free vests for one day only. Gap had them 30% off at the same time. These deals were in conjunction with Columbus Day Sales at both stores.
  • Gymboree cut prices on clearance items by an extra 50% off during the middle of week two last year. They also had a 30% off sale at the end of the month.
  • Speaking of Columbus Day sales, look for them at Kohl’s, The Children’s Place, Stride Rite, Macy’s and other retailers. Gap did 30% off last year, while Babies R Us offered shoppers up to 50% off gear, travel systems, bedding, and more.
  • 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 had select toys from Fisher-Price, LeapFrog, and others at BOGO 50% off just after mid month last year.
  • Disney Store ran a 25% off coupon during week two last year.
  • 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.
  • 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 during October!

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