Happy Birthday Camden!! I can’t believe that I’m the mother of a 12-year-old! It’s no coincidence that my son, even at 12 years old, has his own sense of personal style and understands what it means to shop on a budget (he definitely gets it from his mom). Every year his wish list has gotten more and more elaborate (and expensive)! Here are my tips to being the coolest mom ever without having to take out a pay day advance loan:
1. Budget for SHOES! Sneakers are so expensive! I expect to spend at least $90-$120 on one pair of quality sneakers, so I budget about 2 months in advance. Thank goodness my son isn’t a true “sneaker head” (yet, knocks on wood) but he prefers shoes that look good and will match his current wardrobe. Like most preteens, he loves shoes by his favorite NBA players Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, or Lebron. I always let him pick out his own shoes but ALWAYS give him a price limit (that includes tax).
2. Shop sales and clearance ONLY! I never, ever buy anything at retail price! I’ve found the best deals at Macy’s and Belk’s on clearance, especially when they have an additional 50% off clearance sale. I also shop discount retailers like TJMaxx, Ross, Marshall’s and CitiTrends. Every single Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt in Camden’s closet was purchased on clearance for less than $15.
3. Use your RESOURCES! Camden wanted a $200 pair of Beats Solo Headphones for Christmas. I mentioned this to one of my students who works at an Apple Store and she let me use her 50% off family and friends discount! Apps like RetailMeNot are also great for finding discount codes.
4. NO means NO! I love to shop but no means no and if something isn’t in budget, my son doesn’t get it. Camden’s been asking for the Adida’s joggers pictured above for months now but they have yet to go on sale in the price range that I’m willing to purchase. Instead he got a pair of similiar South Pole joggers that were $12.99 at Burlington Coat Factory.
What are you tips for shopping for preteens/teens?