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Immediately upon sharing this glorious news on facebook, friends wanted to know how I did it. How I do it, because yes, I do this sort of thing all the time.
First, if you look at the regular retail prices of Gymboree kids clothes, you might cry a little. I know, they're expensive. But truly, the quality is excellent. Especially their denim and their holiday dresses. If you plan to hand down your clothes from older sister to younger sister to younger cousin, a $10 Gymboree shirt will cost you less than a $10 Merona shirt in the end.
"But there aren't any $10 Gymboree shirts! And you promised I'd be getting stuff for free, anyway!"
Be patient! Geeeeeeeez.
You'll need three things to play this game:
1) a Gymboree Visa card
2) a Gymboree Rewards card and
3) A healthy sense of discipline.
Use your Gymboree Visa to make all your regular purchases. Groceries. The electric bill. Gas for your car. The bedding for your chickens. AND PAY OFF THE BALANCE EVERY MONTH. I cannot stress this enough. If you carry a balance on this card and are paying interest, the chances that your savings on clothing will be worth it is VERY slim.
I am not suggesting you go into debt to get free Gymboree clothes. In fact, I am prohibiting it. If you can't handle the special temptations of a credit card, stop reading this post immediately.
So after you've been buying all your regular stuff using your card, you will open your mailbox to find a snazzy Gymboree gift card. Every time you reach $10 worth of 'points', they automatically send you a card. When we were fixing up our house, I once got a $50 gift card in the mail.....for just 1 month of purchases!
The Rewards card will result in you being mailed and emailed exclusive coupons for 20% and 30% off your shopping trip, which includes their website and which can, and this is crucial, be used on clearance merchandise.
30% off of a clearance price is a pretty sweet discount, folks!
So today I received an email with the coupon code REWARDSCOF good for 30% off of my Gymboree purchase through Tuesday. I checked my wallet and found that I had accumulated just over $50 in gift cards. Time for some Christmas shopping!
I NEVER look at the full-priced merchandise. I go straight for the sale sections. I sort by size and type of clothing and load up my cart without worrying at all about the total yet.
Then I open my "shopping bag" and weed through everything I've set aside. I figure out how much the total should be in order for my gift cards to cover my entire purchase. In today's case, I was looking for a total of just under $70. When my cart total hit $68.96, I decided I was golden.
I put in my promo code, entered in my 4 gift card numbers, and voila: order total: $3.50.
Here's what makes doing this with Gymboree great:
-Excellent quality merchandise
-Points are accrued rapidly
-Gift cards can be used on any purchase
-Discounts apply to clearance and sale merchandise
-Multiple gift cards can be applied to a single order
-Shipping is always just $5
Many "budget friendly" stores (ahem- JC Penney) seem affordable, but then they pull stuff like "coupons can only be used on full priced items" and "shipping for this order is $17.95" and "You can't use free shipping and a discount on the same order" and in the end, you end up paying just as much as you would have at a store with better stuff. In your face JC Penney.
Sometimes I even have Gymbucks to spend, which adds a whole new dimension of savings, but that's another matter for another time. For today, this is how I did it and how you can do it too.
Someday, remind me to tell me about the time I paid negative $2 for a brand new Land's End winter coat for Tommy. That was an awesome day....
Happy bargain hunting!