August 26, 2013

how to get a great deal at Carters

Carter's is my favorite place to get clothes for my baby/toddler/preschooler. Their stuff is well made, and the styles are sweet and age appropriate, just the right amount of trendy. I'm totally addicted to buying kids clothes! I have two little girls, and no less than 9 full bins of clothes for them! Needless to say, I have perfected the art of getting a great deal at Carter's stores and outlets. I have never paid full price for anything there, and have bought outfits for as low as 97 cents! They changed a few of their coupon policies to prevent getting stuff that cheap anymore, but you can still get a great deal. Its easy, here's what you need to do:

Subscribe to Carter's emails so you can be notified of current deals, and receive coupons. Carter's almost always has a current coupon for 20% off when you spend $50. And you don't even have to print it, just show them the email on your phone and they can type in the code or scan it.

Ask for coupons to be mailed to you. Carter's mails higher value coupons (like 25% or 30% off when you spend $40, or sometimes a free $10 off any purchase) to reward frequent customers.

At the store, you will notice that almost everything is on some sort of sale, from 25% to 70% off original prices, depending on the season and how new each "line" is. They also usually have a couple clearance racks with items between $3.99 and $9.99. A few times a year, Carter's will do an "additional 30% off clearance" sale. Those are the best days to go!

On Wednesdays, grandparents get 10% off (including clearance!), so if you shop with your mom or mother-in-law, ask her to make the purchase and pay her back.

A couple times a year, Carter's will run a punch-card promotion, where you receive a stamp for every $20 you spend, and after you spend $100, you get $10 off. Tuesdays are double stamp days, so plan accordingly.

So the way to get the best prices is to stack those deals. Go on a Wednesday with your mom,  and pick out items that are 50-70% off. Always use a coupon to get at least 20% off your total. And keep accruing stamps (if they're doing stamps), and then use the $10 off with a 20% off coupon to get almost half price when you spend $40.

Remember to keep your receipts, and if you shop regularly and notice that the price has dropped on an item you purchased within 2 weeks ago, a cashier will give you the difference.

PS I wasn't paid by Carters to write this article, although I wish they did. The deals and promotions are from my own experience and are as of today's date.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tips! I love going to the Carter's outlets - some of my daughter's favorite outfits are from there. Just signed up for their e-mails and made sure I was following them on twitter and facebook!

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  2. As a frugal mom of 4 with over 20 years of experience shopping on a budget, I have tested just about every level of grocery coupon use that a person can do; from all, to some, to none, and back again. Coupon use will vary depending on people's circumstances. I have known many people who refuse to use coupons because they feel they just don't have time. As a working mom myself, who barely has time to shop for groceries, let alone clip grocery coupons each week, I truly do understand. Yet, not using a grocery coupon on an item that you're going to purchase anyways is just like throwing money away. Yes, it does take a little time each week to clip the coupons and take them to the store, but just like earning money takes time, so does saving money!

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