Friday, March 28, 2008

Frugal Friday - Save Those Giftcards

Remember when I was complaining concerned about Easter dresses for my girls? Well as you can see, we did find some that we liked. These were the only ones that Prince Charming and I could find that we
1. both liked
2. felt were a good quality dress that could be worn all summer

These were not bargain dresses. And we bought each child new white dress shoes as well. (You can see in the above picture that Polly is more fond of walking in her stockinged feet - please pay no attention to how dirty they are! - but we still had to buy the shoes...) We managed to do this and only spend around $10 out of pocket. And if you're wondering why we didn't just hit the local thrift store...well, we didn't want to. We often do but for this occasion we wanted the girls to be matching and have something new. Don't take away my Frugal-ite certificate.
Our secret weapon this year? Gift cards!

We are surrounded by so many loving family members and friends. They are all very generous, especially around Christmas & Birthdays. This Christmas, because of a variety of circumstances, we ended up with several different gift cards which we have been
hoardingsaving for just such an occasion. The moral of this story is that even if you have gift cards in your pocket you don't have to use them immediately (although some do have time limits - be forewarned!). Hang onto them for a time when you'll need them.

Oh, and just for all you fashion police out there, the white sweaters with the tres chic leopard print collars did not come with the dresses. Those were another Christmas gift. Which saved me from having to buy brand new sweaters to match the dresses for the older girls. They didn't keep their sweaters on long, anyway.

Sweet Pea actually had an Easter sweater that had been handed down from her older sisters. So that's a bonus tip for you: save, in labeled boxes, the best clothes, especially if you have several children (or may have several children!) of the same gender. You'll still need to fill in the blanks in their wardrobe, but at least you won't be starting from scratch.


Sonshine said...

Very cute! I love getting gift cards!

I was able to get my one and only girl a dress at Kohls for over 1/2% so that helped with my Easter budget. :) Hubby told me that at that price I could get her two so I got 2 dresses for the price of one plus a sweater shawl for under $60. Both of her dresses she will be able to wear thru the summer months as well. :)

Jessica said...

Aw. They look like little dolls! I took the Jane Austen quiz and posted it on my blog! THanks...I love quizzes like that too!!!

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