Shopping for Children!

I find, as my children get older,  they desire more expensive items for birthdays and holidays.  Clearly, this is something I struggle with as a frugalista.  Shopping for children should not be difficult but alas, I find it increasingly so as my kids grow.

I want to get the best deals on my children's wish list items, but I do not want to take extreme measures like being trampled down in a stampede of other frugal humans on Black Friday. I can just imagine the scene now: I get knocked over and hit the ground, my face is squashed by the shoes of coupon wielding zombies, they try to take my coupons, I can't hold on another minute, I throw my coupons in the air and watch the coupon-zombies scatter, I run the other way- sans coupons and great deals. {{{Shudder}}}.

I'm not much of a "shopping in-store" person, unless I am shopping local. I am a huge supporter of local businesses, but sometimes they don't have every item I am looking for.  I can also do without big chain stores-they might offer low prices, but I can always do one better online. Having said that, I've covered all the desirable deal sites for adults in past posts, but somehow failed to mention the great deal sites geared towards children. I know, I know- I'm slacking.

Deal sites offer many wonderful features like:

  • Not having to use gas to travel to a store
  • Shopping in your pajamas, coffee or adult beverage in-hand
  • Discounts on "hot" or "in" items that will probably be on every child's wish list.
  • Referral programs where customers earn store credit for referring their friends. Credit=free money.
  • A coupon-zombie free environment
  • Fast, and sometimes even free shipping
  • Did I mention the shopping in your pajamas thing?

Deal sites may not be for everyone, not everyone is going to like them. You need to be on the lookout for deals on these sites, know what time new deals start, and try to be around your computer for this. Deal sites can get busy, you obviously won't be the only person online hunting for a deal on an item. Sometimes hot items sell out quickly, but most times you have the option to place yourself on a waiting list too.

Without further adiue, here is the list of popular (and reputable) children's deal sites:

Zulily: Zulily is the ultimate children's deal site, and one of the more popular.  Zulily offers deals for children and mothers alike.  Deals are posted daily with events expiring after 72 hours.  Lots of promo codes are given by this site to help you save even more. Right now, Zulily is offering free shipping on orders.

Plum District: Plum District is like Groupon, but  for Moms and Kids with new deals posted daily.  I haven't personally purchased anything from PD, but a lot of my friends and family have-and they love it.

Little Rue: The popular children's division of Rue La La, one of my personal favorite grown up daily deal sites.  You pay one fee for shipping on your first order, and the next 30 days of shipping are totally free!

MyHabit: Commonly overlooked, MyHabit has an amazing section for children's items. The one great benefit of MyHabit (besides awesome product selection)? Totally free shipping on every order!

Remember folks, the holidays are coming and although I may be hammering that notion in your head, all I am simply trying to do is save you a few buckaroo's. It's my job ;)

Have you shopped any daily deal sites lately? What kind of goodies did you buy? Do you have any favorite deal sites to shop? For more money saving tips and tricks, come visit me over at The Savings Momma!

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