May 11, 2010

Tip of the day

Getting the most out of Gymboree purchases:

  • Do not pay full price for any item if you can help it.  The exclusion to this rule for me was a super cute pair of red shoes for our daughter’s first day of school. 
  • Work the Gymbucks.  Buy during earning periods, buy again during rewards periods.  Don’t let them go to waste.  If you don’t think you’ll use the Gymbucks, shop with a friend to help you reach the tier amount for the discount.
  • Sign up for the Gymboree Rewards Card.  Enjoy exclusive benefits by using your Gymboree Rewards card every time you shop. You'll earn 1 point for every $1 you spend at Gymboree, and Gymboree Outlet. Membership is free - enroll now!
  • Shop the clearance sales rack or sale area online.  Shop a year ahead for clothes if you can.  Keep your eyes peeled for gender neutral baby gifts to keep in your gift closet for the next baby shower.  Think ahead for birthday and Christmas gifts.  Gymboree sells high quality PJs and nightgowns which are a little more fun to give than other types of clothing for kids. 
  • Think ahead to consignment sales.  Gymboree clothes are hot items at consignment sales and to sell on eBay.  By purchasing the entire ensemble and later selling it all together, you’ll score more money at resale. 
  • Shop before the sales.  Go the day before the sale and put the items you want on hold.  Return the next morning and buy them at the sale price.  This is a tip I learned from a sales clerk at Gymboree so it is an approved practice there. 
  • Compare the items in the stores to what is on sale on line.  With $5 shipping specials, you might get more bang for your buck by shopping online rather than in stores.
  • Try to make it as easy on yourself as you can.  Go without the kids if possible. If you bring your children, try to opt out of the stroller.  Gymboree stores are notoriously packed, and everyone brings a stroller making it difficult to navigate through the aisles.  Bring a helper if you can—your spouse, friend, or another relative to watch your child while you shop. 
  • Give yourself a break to think.  Gymboree can turn into a casino atmosphere if you let it.  They want you to buy.  They want you to get in a shopping frenzy.  They want to do everything they can to entice you to buy MORE.  Go in with a shopping limit.  Bring cash if that makes it easier for you to stay on track.  Get together your items that you want to purchase, and then put them on hold at the cash register for about an hour.  Go get yourself something to eat, take a walk, nurse your baby, do something to get away and out of the store.  Once you have had a break, go back in and scrutinize your purchases with more logic.  You might find that you leave the store without buying any of the items that a short time ago seemed perfect.  You might find that you buy everything on the list.  Either way, you’ll feel more confident about the choices because you gave yourself time to think about what you were doing.  Buyers high is addictive.  Buyers remorse can be humiliating. 

Any other tips or ideas from your Gymboree shopping experiences you’d like to include?  Add them to the comments section.

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