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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BC Predicts: March 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast [F&F Sales and More]

BC Predicts: March 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast

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.
  • 6pm.com ran a Spring Cleaning Sale during the first days of March last year with great deals on shoes. Watch for another sale from them on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Old Navy and Gap released  30% off coupon codes  during week one last year.
  • Shutterfly ran a 10-free-cards deal at the start of week 2 last year.
  • Look for anniversary/birthday sales or incentives at Shoes.com this month. Last year they had 25% off sale shoes during week two.
  • OshKosh ran a BOGO free shoes deal during week two last year.
  • Crazy 8 ran a Friends and Family sale with 30% off just before mid month last year.
  • Look for penny prints at Snapfish around  mid month.
  • Walgreens gave customers a free photo enlargement during week 3 last year.
  • Several stores–Gymboree, Crazy 8 and others–will run St. Patrick’s Day sales around the 17th.
  • Cross your fingers and hope for a return of Amazon Mom’s Expecting Moms Sales Event. Last year we saw an extra 20% off select items starting around the 17th. We also saw a 25% discount on your first Subscribe & Save purchase  starting around the 19th.
  • Stride Rite‘s BOGO 50% off shoe sale started around the 19th last year.
  • Watch for a free photo book offer from Shutterfly near the start of week 4.
  • Target had 50% off more than 50 toys around the start of week 4 last year.
  • The Children’s Place ran a Friends and Family Sale with 30% off your purchase starting around the 21st.
  • Look for Nordstrom’s Spring Sale to start around week four. Last year I told you about it on the 28th. We should see some nice deals on kids’ shoes.
  • We should see several Friends and Family and Spring Sales starting during the final week of the month, too. Watch for them at LOFT (40% off), Lands’ End, and elsewhere.
  • Target’s BOGO 50% off clothing and shoe sale ran during the final week of the month last year.
  • Look for a Spring Break Sale at Old Navy during the final week of the month. We typically see some great deals on baby clothes during this sale.
  • 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.

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BC Predicts: February 2015 Baby Bargain Forecast

BC Predicts: February 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:

  • Old Navy’s Baby and Maternity Sale should start within the next couple of days and last for about ten days. Expect up to 40% off spring clothing. Last year we saw $4 tee shirts, $15 maternity dresses and more.
  • Last year near the end of week one Kodak Kiosk issued a coupon code for BOGO free Valentines Day cards.
  • Crazy 8‘s BOGO .88 sale started near the end of week one last year, too.
  • Speaking of BOGO, Target had BOGO 50% off shoes last year during the first week of the month. I think we’ll see that again this year.
  • DisneyStore had 40% off top toys at the start of week two last year.
  • 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.
  • 6pm ran a nice $14 one-day sale on Valentine’s Day last year.
  • 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, extra 25% off at Shoes.com and more. I’ll publish a list when they start.
  • Expect more deals on last years’ baby gear styles as manufacturers debut their 2014 models.
  • Spring fashions should go on sale at The Children’s Place during week three. Expect up to 30% off.
  • Shutterfly offered 101 free prints around the 19th last year.
  • 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.
  • Gymboree’s Baby Sale should start around the beginning of week 4. Last year I told you about it on the 22nd. We should see up to 50% of.
  • 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: January 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 11.47.01 AMWe 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. Last year Shutterfly offered 101 free prints on the 4th.
  • After-Christmas toy clearance continues through the 15th or so. Stock your gift closet with the hot toys from 2014 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 semi-annual sale during first week of January at Pediped.com (last year I told you about it on the third). 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 13th last year.
  • Look for Target to have toy clearance at 70% off some time between the 15th and the 21st or so.
  • JJCole’s warehouse sale started just after mid month last year and ran through the 21st. Readers saved up to 70% on diaper bags and more.
  • 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.
  • Disney Store, Pottery Barn Kids, and a few other retailers offered free shipping on MLK day last year.
  • Readers found good deals on shoes during 6pm.com’s MLK day sale.
  • See Kai Run ran a winter clearance sale on the 24th last year with 50% off over 100 styles.
  • Gap.com issued an “extra 50% off sale styles” coupon near the end of the month last year.
  • 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.

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BC Predicts: November 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

BC Predicts: November 2014 Baby Bargain ForecastAre you ready for this?

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 this week and during 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 on BF and in December (though the most in-demand toys may be sold out by then). There’s generally 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:

  • Amazon has already rolled out its “Countdown to Black Friday Sale.” Daily Lightning Deals on toys have already begun.
  • Walmart.com just kicked off their EarlyBird Online Specials.
  • Last year during the first week of the month we saw an “Extra 25% off sale shoes” sale from Shoes.com.
  • Free holiday card deals continue. Watch for them at Tiny Prints and other retailers.
  • Nordstrom’s Semi-Annual sale started at the end of week 1 last year. We saw some great deals on kids’ shoes.
  • Disney Store’s Friends and Family Sale started at the end of week 1 last year, too. Expect 25% off.
  • Lands’ End ran a Friends and Family sale with 30% off at the end of week 1 as well.
  • I hope we’ll see a Friends and Family sale from Gap soon, too. Last year we saw 40% off.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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. Look for a BOGO 50% off sale from Stride Rite.
  • 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.

Week 3:

  • The quiet before the storm. Many stores and sites will start their sales before Thanksgiving again this year.
  • 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.
  • Speaking of Fisher-Price, Fisher-Price.com ran a 20 Toys for $10 Each sale on the 15th last year. It was a one-day-only sale.
  • Carters and OshKosh ran 50% off site-wide sales during week three last year.
  • We saw some nice deals and free shipping from Boden during the third week of November last year, too.
  • Watch for high value coupon codes at Old Navy and Gap.
  • Shutterfly ran a 40% off Friends and Family sale at the end of week 3 last year.

Week 4:

  • Black Friday  is 11/28 and Cyber Monday is 12/1. Need I say more?
  • Before that, look for YoYo.com to take 30% off select toy brands during week 4.
  • Walmart ran a pre-Black Friday event at the beginning of week 4.
  • Shutterfly ran a free calendar deal during the final week of the month last year.
  • Target had 40% off jeans and sweaters for the whole family during the final days of the month 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.

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BC Predicts: October 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast

BC Predicts: October 2014 Baby Bargain ForecastI 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 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.
  • Old Navy and Gap issued 30% off coupons during week one last year. More high-value coupons were sprinkled throughout the month.
  • Speaking of Old Navy and Gap, look for some early outerwear deals at the end of week one. These deals were in conjunction with Columbus Day Sales at both stores.
  • Snapfish ran a penny prints sale during the first week of the month last year.
  • 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.
  • And speaking of Columbus Day sales, 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 the week before.
  • 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.
  • Disney Store ran a 25% off coupon for costumes during week two last year. Shipping on costumes was free, too.
  • 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 a Petunia Pickle Bottom online outlet sale near the end 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 starting tomorrow!

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

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BC Predicts: September 2014 Baby Bargain Forecast: Baby Sales, FP, More

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I 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

You can take a look at all the 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. Kmart had 25% off Laugh and Learn toys at mid month last year. Kohl’s ran a 40% off deal for FP toys near the end of the month.
  • 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.
  • Fisher Price also ran a free shipping day during the final week of the month at their site.
  • The last week of the month brought 40% off select Fisher-Price toys at Amazon last year. It was their daily deal.
  • We also saw extra deep discounts on FP toys at Kohls last year just before the end of the month.

Baby Sales and Other September Sales

Week 1:

  • Target’s Baby Sale starts this weekend and should run for about a week. 25% off strollers and more.
  • Don’t miss Old Navy’s Baby Sale around the middle of of week one. Everything for baby was 30% off, and maternity items were 25% off.
  • Keep an eye on Shutterfly. If we’re lucky, we should see a free photo book deal toward the end of next week.
  • 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
  • Last year near the end of week one we saw an Amazon Mom Appreciation Event pop up. A coupon code allowed shoppers to save an extra 20% off of hundreds of items.

Weeks 2-3:

  • Gap’s Baby Sale started around week two last year also. Save up to 40% on jeans, long-sleeved tees and more. The sale should run for about a week.
  • Kohls.com took an extra 20% off baby items 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.
  • Last year Old Navy and Gap ran a one-day coupon for 20% off kid stuff. I told you about it on 9/14.
  • Look for both Carters and OshKosh to take an extra 30% off clearance just after mid September.Look for both Carters and OshKosh to take an extra 30% off clearance just after mid September.
  • Gap issued a coupon for an extra 25% off clearance items during week three last year.
  • Watch for Chicco baby gear deals after mid-month. Last year AlbeeBaby.com offered shoppers $100 off the purchase of a Chicco Keyfit travel system.
  • See Kai Run held a warehouse sale online with up to 65% off on the 20th last year.

Week 4:

  • The final week of September brought a “free shipping with no minimum” deal at Kohls.com.
  • We saw deal for 10 free cards at Shutterfly last year just after the 20th.
  • Amazon ran a fall baby sale during week four last year. We saw discounts on Ergobaby, Recaro and more.
  • 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.

Halloween

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

Also:

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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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!

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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.

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