It is nearing the time when I should start thinking about Summer clothes for the children. In Oregon we will generally not have to bust the tanks and shorts out for a bit, but the time to get these items on sale is now. By the time our weather gets warm these items will likely be just getting marked down. Often the first markdown is still higher than these baby sale prices.
The “Kids and Baby Sale” started yesterday (Monday) and is one of my favorite sales that Old Navy rotates through. I headed out solo to the Keizer Station store after dinner (as I prefer not dragging my little ones through the “gauntlet of temptation” check out line very often). 🙂
Here are some shots of some of their best deals. Most of these are in the toddler areas…since by Old Navy’s standards I have three toddlers. And yes, I am doing this post during their nap time.
Can you say ADORABLE?
If you want to see what else they have on sale you can head over here.
To compare prices I stopped into Target for a few minutes right after Old Navy. Target did not have anything too interesting on sale this week and their basics were priced a bit higher than Old Navy’s baby sale items. While I generally really like Target, I preferred most of Old Navy’s summer basics more this season. I gravitate towards stripes, prints, and solids and most of what I was finding at Target (especially in the boys dept.) was pretty heavy on the graphics. Also, the Circo boys shorts were pretty poor fitting.
Tips for shopping at Old Navy
If you do not see the sizes you need on a sale item and they do not have back stock, just buy the item and exchange it for the right size later. You can call the store first to find out if the item is in and save yourself a trip.
Don’t forget to participate in the surveys that sometimes print out at the end of your receipt. 10% off is always a fantastic bonus.
If you are shopping online, you totally should use Ebates to get an easy percentage back. Right now Old Navy is giving you 2% back, but often certain stores offer double their normal percentage during different times of the year. It is easy to sign up and you usually get a $10 gift card to popular stores too if you are new customer. They automatically sent you your refund check a couple times a year. (Lately we have used Ebates to get cash back from REI and Best Buy).
Be sure to look for clearance items with the red mark down stickers throughout the entire store (not just in the traditional places you find clearance items).
Happy bargain hunting!
Old Navy provided me with a discount on my purchase for sharing the deals I found.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to get to go shopping for a bit. We drove up to Portland and I headed to the Clackamas Old Navy with the baby while the Hubs kept the twins occupied elsewhere. I got to take my time and really check things out. While I like shopping at Old Navy for summer pieces, I love shopping there even more when the fall merchandise comes out. Fall means sweaters, jeans, scarves, and boots. Oh so cozy. I was excited to see what they had for this year.
Here are some pictures of some of my favorite finds. Yes, I know it is back to school time…but I could not resist checking out stuff for the mamas too!
Some of my favorite deals right now
Jeans for kids are $12
They also had girls leggings for $6
Some of my favorite finds.
Reasons why I love the Clackamas location
It was the Old Navy I used to beg my parents to drive me to before we had a local Old Navy and the place I took my friends to on my sixteenth birthday. Good memories.
It was also the location of my first date with Hubs during the summer between our sophomore and junior year of high school. I was trying to revamp his wardrobe which basically consisted of 2 well loved Tommy Hilfiger t-shirts, a pair of jean shorts, and some Dr. Martin sandals. Holding hands on the way home from a successful Old Navy trip is so romantic.
All moms can appreciate parking in one spot and hitting up multiple stores. If you happened to need a caramel macchiato, some toilet paper, a loaf of good bread, party supplies, soccer cleats, a discount designer bag, and some never ending soup and salad and bread sticks you are in luck.
Lastly, because there are other Old Navy locations in the greater Portland area they seem to have a better selection of clearance items!
How does Old Navy compare to other value brands?
I would say it is at the upper end in terms of style and quality. When shopping at stores whose regular prices are already fairly low I am looking for certain things.
How well does it look like it will wash up? (Skip black if it looks like it might fade.)
How well does it look like it will hold its shape? (Make sure it is just a bit longer than you will want it in case of shrinkage.)
What is the weight of the material?
How tight is the weave?
What IS the material?
Old Navy has denim, woven (think dress shirts/sheet type material), and thicker knit material that will hold up great.
For every thin t-shirt or tank I find, I can usually find a thicker one I am happy with. Sometimes shirts that are a cotton blend will hold up better than ones that are 100% cotton.
For comparisons sake their boys solid polos also felt like better quality than brands like Target and Children’s Place.
Ways to save at Old Navy:
Sign up for their Email list to learn about new promotions and sales and get great coupons.
Check your receipt and see if it has an opportunity to do a survey for a discount on your next purchase.
Watch your paper for occasional coupons.
Look for clearance items throughout the entire store. Some of the best items I found were items which were marked down, but not even in clearance area.
Ask an employee what their current promotions are. Sometimes it is easy to miss some of them.
Currently they are running a promotion called Super C-A-S-H where you earn $10 for every $20 you spend through 8-18. Looks like each super cash voucher is good for $10 a $20 purchase. (Works much like Gymbucks)
What did I get?
A new pair of double-button boot-cut jeans for Little Miss $12
Grey toddler boys polo for $5.oo
Pair of strip leggings on clearance for $2.99
Pair of toddler boys plaid shorts $3.97
Toddler boys t-shirt $3.99
Dressy tank for myself $5.99
Not to shabby!
When I was showing everything to Hubs and the twins after they came back Little Man said, “Those look like fall shorts!” “Oh, like colors for Fall?? (thinking I had a very fashionable son), I said. “No like fall….like they fall…fall off”, he says. At least my skinny little boy can recognize a pair of wide legged shorts. He was absolutely right.
Now on to the fun part! Needing to do any shopping?? I scoured my coupon stash and have a coupon for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more for the first 7 people who comment below AND email me their mailing address. I would randomly draw for them, but they expire next on the week on Thursday the 18th and I want to get them out to you ASAP! If you would also take the time to subscribe via email, RSS feed, or follow me via Google Friends I would be forever grateful!
This coupon would be a great way to earn some Super C-A-S-H and save even more money!
Email- TwinMamaLoves (at) gmail.com
Disclosure: Old Navy compensated me for my drive and time with a small gift certificate. I was not paid to write this post and these thought are my own.