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Summer Clearance Savings Tips

07/07/2013 07:22PM ● Published by Nancy Babin

Summer weekends hold more than patriotic parades, barbeques and long days at the beach for
us bargain hunters. Get out of the heat and snatch up some great deals.

Here are a few tips to help you be more efficient with your shopping.

Know what to expect.
Winter clothing and bedding will be deeply discounted. Buy pants, sweaters, flannel pajamas
and fleece blankets for next year’s wardrobe or to give as Christmas gifts. Many big box
retailers offer bargains on specific summer items to get you in the door, such as a slushy maker,
sandals or kiddie pool.
Big ticket items such as grills, patio furniture and above ground pools will go on sale as the
weather starts to get cooler again. You may even be able to take home a floor model with an
additional discount.
Sign up for notifications.
Visit the websites of your favorite stores to learn about sales in advance. To guarantee you
don’t miss a notice, subscribe to both their email and snail mail lists. For example, we’ve heard
of Old Navy subscribers receiving notice of additional 50% off clearance offers in past years, plus
receiving a coupon for additional savings in the regular mail. One mom bragged that she was
able to stock up on long-sleeve uniform polo shirts for the next school year for .46 each!
Visit the outlet malls.
Prices at outlet malls are already reduced, plus there are dozens of stores grouped together.
This makes for great shopping conditions! Summer sidewalk says are common. Stores will have
racks of clearance items outside in front of the store. There is often more inside in the very
back, so make sure to pop inside, as well. Stop by the mall’s office to see if they have a VIP
shopper’s club or store coupons to save you even more.
Get the kids involved.
My daughter’s two friends are spending most of the summer days with us. We were all tired of
the pool last week, so we hit several thrift shops. I gave them each $5 and challenged them to
see who could spend it best. My daughter and one friend pulled their money together and spent
it on Bingo cards, glass cats and other random trinkets. The third girl bought a brand new
bathing suit (tags attached), two shirts and a pair of flip flops. We all agreed she was the winner.
Challenge kids to look through sales ads to find bargains on school supplies, potato chips,
sunscreen or other needed items. Let them help you locate items in stores. Make shopping into
a fun, learning experience – they’ll stay occupied and you all get to soak up some air
conditioning!

Sure, we might eat a hot dog by the pool with our family over the course of the weekend, but it’s
likely we’ll be sporting a bathing suit and flip flops we scored for dirt cheap while we do it!
Clearance shopping during the summer is a great time to stock up on school supplies, gifts and
winter clothes for next year, as well as grab a few new pieces to ring in the hot weather.

About the Author

Rachael Moshman lived in Florida her whole life, she
hates the heat and is a terrible swimmer. She spent
time in the Destin area during her journey to become
a mother through adopting from the foster care system.
Despite her issues with the heat and swimming, she loves
the beach.
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