Sunday, May 17, 2009

My First Gymboree Experience!

Being the frugal shopper I am I had never once considered stepping foot into a Gymboree store knowing that I would never be able to pay their prices. After some coaxing from a few good friends I braved that store today and would you believe I saved 85%!!!!

If you remember this past week I posted about how it is Gym bucks earning time and that this weekend only you could use a 30% off coupon as well! I was so excited to see 50% off racks just for boys when I walked in and quickly began finding winter clothing items I knew I would eventually need for the little boy I am having in June.

Although the I items I found were a GREAT price I just couldn't handle the thought of spending $50 up front to get my $25 back in Gym bucks. I knew deep down the clothing I would be purchasing was quality and the prices were too good to be true, but my extreme frugality took over. I even put my stuff back and walked to my car because I just didn't think I could do it!

So I did what any woman does and I called a friend, I was in need of a serious pep talk! After this great pep talk I dragged my 36 week pregnant body back into the mall to take a "step of faith" and just purchase the clothes! Boy was I glad I did. Here is a break down of what I got:
  • 2 sweaters originally marked 32.50 on sale for 3.99 each=7.98
  • 1 sweater originally marked at 19.50 on sale for 6.99
  • 1 long sleeveld button down originally marked at 24.75 on sale for 7.99
  • 1 long sleeved collared shirt originally marked at 22.75 on sale for 3.99
  • 1 pair of overalls originally marked at 29.50 on sale for 3.99
  • 1 pair of overalls originally makred at 29.75 on sale for 6.99
  • 2 long sleeved 1 piece outfits both marked at 24.75 on sale for 7.99 each=15.98
  • 1 romper oringally marked at 29.75 on sale for 8.99
  • 2 sets of 2 pairs of socks originally marked 8.75/1 on sale for 2.99 each=5.98
  • 1 summer hat (for next summer) orginally marked 12.50 on sale for 2.50
The original total for all of this would have been $333.00. On sale all of this totaled just 71.05. It gets better...

I also used a 30% off coupon to bring my final total to ONLY $51.30 + tax and I got $25 in Gymbucks back to spend in July on a $50 purchase! The extreme frugality in me can definately handle 85% savings! The prices I paid are prices I have seen on USED Gymboree clothing at garage sales... can you tell I am proud of myself:)

In conclusion, I would say that the savings I had at Gymboree today will likely be my big savings for the week considering Walgreens and CVS don't have as much as usual.


Candy Graber said...

That is awesome Shannon! I too have a hard time going in there, but I have found some awesome deals, especially on boys clothes, they are always priced cheaper!

blaireruch said...

That is SOOOOO GREAT Shannon!
I am so proud of you!
Can't wait to see your little man in those adorable clothes!



Marie said...

Wow. You did great! Those prices were definitely reasonable before you even did the 30 percent and gymbucks. I completely understand about spending $50 upfront, but when Christmas rolls around you'll be so happy to have all this great stuff for your little guy! I haven't done the Gymboree thing. I guess I'm too loyal to Baby Gap, but you've got me re-thinking this decision!

The Barker Family Blog said...

Woo hoo!!!! I'm so proud of you! Way to go! Remind me to go with you next time. walk in a store and the prices start dropping and the coupons pop out from behind the wall.

Lora said...

Wow, that's amazing!! You did so much better than I ever have! I'm going to have to take lessons!

P.S. Kelvin has that same's sooo cute!

HannahM said...

Hi there Shann. Welcome to Gymboree....! =). YAY for Gymbucks...we're vetrans...and love it too! You'll need to check the Legends oulet out...!Great prices there too.