I went to Walmart the other day and stumbled upon some clearenced shoes. My boys go through shoes pretty quickly. They spend alot of their time outside so between shoes getting ruined and shoes getting out grown it seems we are buying a new pair every couple months. I found these shoes for $5 a piece, normally $15.88. I ended up buy 3 pairs. One pair will be for my one son when he starts school and the other 2 pair are a size bigger than what both boys wear now. Buying them now will save me money on a new pair later when I might of had to pay full price for them.
I do this with clothing too. I very rarely buy my children brand new clothes from the store. In fact I don't think I have bought my daughter anything brand new, except a hat. My boys get most of their clothes from hand-me-downs from their cousin or from garage sales.
I have a bin of clothes for each kid that is the "to grow into" bin. I shop at garage sales and try and buy as much as I can to get them through the next year. For my daughter, she is 8 months old but I have bought clothes up to 18 months to get her through the Fall and Winter up until next garage sale season hits. I will get her entire wardrobe including a coat, mittens and hats all for quarters instead of paying major dollars buying them new.
And when I am out shopping and find a great deal like $5 shoes, you bet I will take advantage of that and buy ahead because I know they will need them anyway in a few months.
Do you shop ahead?
This post is linked to the Frugal Tuesday Tip hosted here at Learning the Frugal Life.