Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to use Gymbucks


A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)


Every so often, do you have those moments where you figure something out and just want to share with everyone you know?

This is one of those moments for me.

After having 3 kids, I have all but perfected wardrobe shopping for them. Each size, season and event requires a certain attire, and until they are about 6, they outgrow most of their clothes before the season changes. So it was basically a necessity to master the art of shopping for them. Being the shop-a-holic that I am, I was up for the challenge.

I am a quality over quantity type of person, but don't want to blow tons of money to achieve quality, so I had to come up with a system to make raising the kids affordable, without sacrificing quality. I love Gymboree, Gap Kids and Old Navy for the fact that they outlast the constant washing and (let's face it) wear and tear the kids like to indulge in. They run, crawl, climb and jump about 99% of their "awake" time, so I need clothes that will deal with that. I also like my kids to look like "kids." Lily is 5, she will dress as such... no neon midriff sparkle shirts with "Delicious" across her shirt. NO THANK YOU. The only greater thing than hearing how cute I dress my dolls kids, is that they are well behaved, so I take pleasure in dressing them cute. I also like Lilly Pulitzer, Janie and Jack and Ralph Lauren for events and holidays, but I have to snag some great deals to indulge in those brands.

Gymboree is great because they offer Gymbucks. Gymbucks are $25 coupons you get for every $50 you spend to use at a later date, which is marked on a calendar on the coupon.

To acquire Gymbucks, the best thing to do is hold out for a sale. I am blessed to live really close to a Gymboree retail and a Gymboree Outlet. Both of which offer many sales. For instance, they do "Everything in the store is $10.99." So I stocked up on 5 dresses for Lily, each of which retailed normally for $24-$44. In essence, I got 5 dresses for almost the price of 1. And then I got $25 to use later during a Gymbucks acceptance week. You can acquire Gymbucks several times in a couple months by doing this.

When it is time to REDEEM the Gymbucks, here are my tips:

  • ONLY shop clearance and markdowns. Don't waste your gymbucks on buying only a couple retail items, it's not worth it.
  • SIZE UP. A lot of the stuff in clearance is way out of season, figure out what size is best for your little one in the following season(s). If there's one thing you can count on and plan for, it's that they are only going to keep growing. Use this to your advantage. Gymboree sizes by age, so it makes it really easy to figure out.
  • Get all the basics. Pajamas, socks, underwear, etc. These can be as low as .50, and I almost always find accessories from lines we already have.
  • Get all the Holiday stuff. You'll be so relieved come Easter/Thanksgiving/Christmas that they have a fully accessorized holiday ensemble instead of waiting until it's near that time and hoping your store has the sizes you need.
  • More is more during this time. Stock up on any/everything you know you'll be needing. For example, it's 105 degrees outside right now, but I know Caleb is going to need jeans in the next couple months. The jeans were all priced (on sale) at $14.99, so I got him 5 pairs.
  • Which reminds me, take full advantage of any sales they're offering during gymbucks redemption times! You'll be able to stretch your $ this way.
  • Plan gifts! I can have a hard time spending the minimum amount (even buying ahead, even sizing up) with my 3 kids. If I know of a birthday/new baby/etc, I use this time to get adorable outfits for a great price! So keep those in mind as well!


So for my purchase above, I had $75 of gymbucks to use. I had to spend $150 to use them.

I got:

Caleb: 5 pairs of jeans, shoes, a winter vest.

Lily: A birthday shirt, layering shirt, 7 pairs of socks (which are mostly parts of lines she already has).

Everly: 3 Dresses, jean skirt, socks and leggings.

Gifts: Onesie for our new nephew and birthday gift for our friend's daughter.

FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF: $154 - $75 GYMBUCKS = $79.00

I didn't have to sacrifice quality for savings, and I won't be running to the stores when everything is marked up for winter because I'm slowly starting to stock up for upcoming seasons/

To stretch your money even FURTHER, here's a tip: Once your little one outgrows their clothes, take all your Gymboree clothes to a consignment store and sell them! Consignment stores LOVE Gymboree for the fact that their colors stay vibrant wash after wash, they eat them up! I keep all my lines together, take them to Other Mother's and get more CASH to roll into starting the Gymboree cycle again. IdoNOThaveaproblem, I swear.

I hope this helps you in your shopping endeavors!