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This Mommy Saves Money Post 7252016

4 Reasons Why You Should Do Your Back to School Shopping at Goodwill

By This Mommy Saves Money
July 26, 2016

Going back to school is upon us. This involves shopping, and possibly multiple trips, to many different stores. It is important that you are careful about where you are shopping for your back to school supplies. There are so many things that you have to buy when it comes to back to school shopping. The lists can become endless! Are you being careful and mindful of how you are going about your shopping spree? Lists, lists, and more lists! One store that is a go to spot for back to school supplies is Goodwill! Here are 4 reasons why you should shop Goodwill:

Prices Are Amazing

One of the major factors and reasons why you need to shop at Goodwill is because of their prices. At Goodwill, you can get an entire school uniform pants, shirts, belt, and shoes for a fraction of what it would costs you in a department store! I did this last week! My actual haul was 5 pairs of khaki pants, brand new tablet of graphing paper, and a blouse for myself for $12!!!

Tip time: Remember you get 50% off the color of the week (so ALWAYS check for that when you enter a Goodwill location) AND this weekend 7/30 – 7/31 is TAX FREE weekend! All of your back to school items will be tax free!

You Can Have Fun

Another reason why you should go ahead with shopping at Goodwill is that it is a lot of fun to shop there. You can bring your friends and kids and have some fun. Take pictures while you are out and about shopping and share these pictures with your friends. For back to school shopping with little ones, I turn it into a scavenger hunt. Who can find most of their needed school supplies in 30 minutes and within a set price limit. Not only are the kids helping you, but by doing this you are teaching your child time management, and money management. You may even be able to sneak in a few minutes to find yourself a cute top or purse!

Great Labels To Choose From

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Goodwill offers so many different brands to choose from. Every Goodwill location in the Coastal Empire has different items. That is one of the reasons I love shopping Goodwill! I never know what I will find when I walk into one of their locations!  You may find many designer labels at a fraction of the cost. Whether you are a fashionista or a conservative shopping enthusiast, you can easily find appropriate designs and labels at Goodwill. The five pairs of khaki pants I picked up for my child’s school uniform had labels such as J Khaki, Ralph Lauren, and Gap. I also saw other sizes with The Children’s Place, Crazy 8, and more.  Just one pair of khakis at a department store with those brand names would have easily cost me $20 (with a good sale). Instead I shopped smart, by shopping at Goodwill, and got 5 pairs of khakis, a brand new tablet of graphing paper, and a blouse for myself for only $12!

Varied Selection Of Items

The choices at Goodwill are incredible. Their vast array of items is amazing. They have a huge home goods section that has a huge amount of items from China, decorative glass items, baskets and more. Shopping at Goodwill often means you will not need to make multiple stops for your back to school needs.

There are many reasons why you should shop at Goodwill. It is important that you are mindful of prices when you are going back to school shopping, allowing you to stick to the budget you set before you stated shopping. Back to school shopping at Goodwill, allows you to be mindful and help you save a huge chunk on your purchase!

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Back to school shopping at Goodwill

Back to School Supply Shopping at Goodwill

By This Mommy Saves Money
July 19, 2016

With each new school year comes a new supply list. These lists are full of items that children and teachers need for the school year. Children may want to have a colorful set of accessories and stationery, these can come with a hefty price tag, if you do consider shopping at a variety of stores. One of the stores that needs to be on your list for back to school shopping is Goodwill.

Things are not that easy for parents now. Although parents want to see their children happy at all times it can be accompanied by a big price tag if you are not watching for sales and thinking outside of the typical box stores for back to school supplies . Goodwill offers a wide range of back to school that are on your school supply list! -notebooks, books, pencils, pens, markers, cases, you name it! This is the first year that my child needs graphing paper. I found a brand new notebook of graphing paper at one of our local Goodwill locations for only $0.50. This is a great deal, considering the lowest price I have seen at big box retailers is $2.99.

Goodwill has a number of stores offering a range of products that you may need for your back to school shopping. By taking your children to Goodwill stores, it cultivates a sense of responsibility in them and helps them be financially smart. Why pay $2.99 for a package of graphing paper when I can get the exact same item for only $0.50 at a Goodwill location. Another item that your child may need is a binder! Several Goodwill locations in the Coastal Empire has quite a few binders to choose from. If your child needs a 2 ½ inch binder, you will pay around $12.99 at a big box store.  The same binder at Goodwill only $1.99!

Instead of just running into the nearest big box store as soon as you receive the back to school supply lists, think smart think Goodwill.  In order to save more money, you should keep an eye on promotions running at Goodwill and visit the stores in your area frequently. It not only helps you in saving money on your back to school supplies, but it also helps you to save more on household and other items that you may need.

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One promotion that you need to remember is the Back to School Tax Free weekend which is July 30 – July 31st. Items that are included in this great promotion are: Clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item. Items that are not included are clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eye-wear, watches, and watchbands.

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Shopping for Back-to-School Clothing?

Try Goodwill.

Back_To_School_2016_FB_Wall-Post_Girl-aBy This Mommy Saves Money
July 6, 2016

Do you dread shopping for your child’s back-to-school clothes each year? Are you looking for ways to save money, while still buying everything they need? Goodwill is an option you should consider!

A name which should pop up somewhere on the top of your back to school shopping stops is Goodwill.  This non-profit organization not only provides employment opportunities and training session people overcoming barriers to employment,  but also provides a great selection to buy school clothes at an economical price.

Some parents might not know how to go about the process of buying clothes from Goodwill and what they need to do before heading to Goodwill. ​

Make A Plan to Manage Your Child’s Back-to-School Wardrobe

Do Your Laundry

A full laundry of all the school clothing of your children can give you a clear cut view of what is needed, what needs to be replaced and what you have. This way, you can note down everything and keep a track for future reference.

Begin With Folded Clothing

Begin organizing the folded clothing in the drawers, for example, socks and underwear. This will provide you with a rough sketch of what the sizes are, which clothes suffered wear and tear and what exactly do you need.

Separate Outgrown Clothing

If you have outgrown clothing, make sure to separate them from the rest of the clothing. This will make sure to provide ample space for new things to come in and will make managing your child’s back to school clothing easier. Remember, outgrown clothing, toys and some other items can be donated to Goodwill as well. Just mark a box with ‘donate’ or ‘Goodwill’ and take it to your nearest Coastal Empire Goodwill location.

Hold a Fashion Show

Call your kids, and have a try-on session. It is better to tell them about this session beforehand. This way, the kids will be more cooperative and you can get a good idea of what you need.

Write down the Required Clothing

Finally, make a list of all the back-to-school clothes you need. That’s it, you’re all set to go shopping at Goodwill!

Back to School Clothing Tips at Goodwill

Be Patient

At Goodwill, you certainly cannot be in a rush to shop for your kid’s back to school clothing. Make sure to give yourself time, and go through each rack and shelf carefully. You never know what treasure you may find.

Be Precise

Make sure not to get distracted with the variety of things you see at Goodwill. If you have come to get your kid’s back to school clothing, stick to it. This will provide you enough time to choose and decide and also to buy the right things in the store.

Organize Things

Having a basket or a cart may be one of the smartest things you can do at Goodwill. This will help you in being more organized and managing your items inside the store will become a lot easier than before.

Try Them On

Goodwill has fitting rooms, to make sure the clothes you buy perfectly fit your child. Make sure to take your kid with you and try everything on. This will help you in avoiding purchasing clothing that does not fit your child.

Benefits of Shopping at Goodwill

Versatility and Selection

One of the biggest advantages of Goodwill is that they have a lot of inventor that is constantly changing. Moreover, each item is also available in different materials and quality, to help you decide which items would suit you best.

Exceptional Pricing

One of the biggest benefits of shopping at Goodwill is that they have excellent prices. You are certain to save money when shopping for most items at Goodwill.

The Bottom Line

Goodwill is an excellent option for people who are wanting to save money on their child’s back to school clothing. The store not only provides a variety of but also has great prices.   And the proceeds from your shopping trip will fund Goodwill’s employment training programs that prepare people for success.

If you are looking to save some real money on your kid’s back to school clothing this season while doing good for our community, you should swing by a Goodwill store in the Coastal Empire.

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How to Save More at Goodwill with an App

By This Mommy Saves Money
June 28, 2016

Goodwill is one of the favorite stores among people who are looking to discover deals on household goods and clothing. Goodwill offers a variety of deals for their customers as well. You just need to know the discounts that they offer.

This past weekend I was at the Goodwill store in Pooler. There was a lady in front of me who was visiting from Virginia. We got to talking, and she asked me to explain how the color of the week sale worked, and if there was any other discounts that the Goodwill locations in the Coastal Empire offered. That’s when I mentioned Loyaltree .

What exactly is Loyaltree? Loyaltree is an app, which can assist you to save money and discover rewards at Goodwill. Any person who downloads the Loyaltree app will get the opportunity to discover a variety of deals offered by Goodwill.

The arrival of the Loyaltree Rewards Program impressed Goodwill customers who were looking to save few additional bucks on their purchases. When you download the app, you will receive a $5 off coupon, for your next purchase at Goodwill. In addition, you will be able to earn points for every purchase that you make while shopping at Goodwill. These points translate into coupons and additional savings that you can redeem when you shop at Goodwill.

The points you earn at Goodwill retail stores with Loyaltree rewards program can deliver a variety of benefits in the long run. The best thing about these reward points is that they never expire!IMG_2767

In addition to Loyaltree, Goodwill stores in the Coastal Empire also offer a 10% discount every day for Military and senior citizens!

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Bathroom Makeovers, the Frugal Way

By This Mommy Saves Money
June 20, 2016

The bathroom is one room in every house that is incredibly difficult to redo without an expensive remodeling bill. All of the main pieces in a bathroom are fixed in their location; a room makeover is not as easy as shifting the furniture for a whole new look. Instead of spending a fortune on a new bathroom look use these tips for a frugal way to redo your bathroom!

First thing first…head to your local Goodwill store! I recently redid our guest bathroom in items I found on my trips to our Goodwill locations in the Coastal Empire. Okay I will admit, I also found a designer purse for ONLY $3.99, that mysteriously jumped into my shopping cart ;). I know a good deal when I see one! The purse retails for $129!!

Update Current Fixtures
If you are looking to create a new look for your bathroom on a budget one easy to way to do so is by updating the current fixtures. You can remove all the fixtures you want to update, and with a bit of sandpaper and spray paint you can have an entirely new look without purchasing new fixtures! We’ve also used this method for updating plastic trashcans, toilet roll holders, and even wooden baskets that hold toiletries! If you do not like the look of your current fixtures you can purchase accessories at Goodwill for less than $10. If you find items that are the “color of the week” your price may even be less!

Decorative Mirrors 
A fixture that can really make your bathroom “pop” is a decorative mirror. Every time I go into a Goodwill location I can usually find a few mirrors, that can be used for this very purpose. Mirrors are an excellent way to give your bathroom a frugal and modern face lift!

Fabrics
This is perhaps my favorite way to update our bathrooms; swap out the fabrics! A new shower curtain, towels, etc. These elements play a large role in the overall appearance of our bathrooms even though we typically grow accustomed to them before overlooking them entirely! If you like your current color scheme, try mixing it up with a new pattern or design. If you stick with your current colors, you can also avoid having to purchase all new fabrics at one time!

Accent Pieces
I have been known to snag one or two items at a time from Goodwill, as I find pieces that will go with the theme I am using. For example, our most recent update was a nautical theme. I found a lighthouse decoration at the Goodwill on Sallie Mood Drive for $4. While running errands I stopped by the Goodwill in Richmond Hill and found a set of seashell decorative towels! Doing this ​inspires me to keep an eye out for matching elements while keeping my budget in mind. Once I have all the pieces I’d like to swap out, I take an afternoon and make the switch! This is a fun way to create a drastic new look without spending very much money.tmsm 6202016

When was the last time you perused the aisles at Goodwill?You might be surprised at what treasures you might find.

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Thrifting Tips

By This Mommy Saves Money
June 6, 2016

It is common knowledge that the word “sale” makes people happy. Many people like to shop, but what they like more is thrift shopping; anything that allows them to buy more while spending less.Not only women, there are men too, who wait for sales, so that they can go out and shop for what they want without having to worry about going broke.

Thrift stores used to be cheap, but that is not always the case now. At some occasions, it was found that the sale items were priced even higher than their original price. With the increasing prices and inconsistent pricing system, these stores are not always a viable option. Goodwill stores are the best option in such cases. Their discount deals each week help you keep more money in your pocket!

Color Code Sale

Goodwill stores have come up with a few really innovative shopping ideas that benefit not only them, but the customer as well. These ideas make shopping fun while allowing you to save a lot more than you expected, if you play your cards intelligently.

The color rotation sale that Goodwill has every week is one of their most successful ideas. Every week, other than the regular sale items they have a color tag sale. This means that the items that have a tag of that specific color, are 50% off!!

One way to maximize your savings is to know the color rotation. Some shoppers see an item they like, and hold off on the urge of buying it instantly. They wait for the color rotation to change to the color of that item so that they can buy it for a lot less than its original price.  The drawback to this system is that, the item they were holding out for, may not be there by the time it goes on sale.

Stop by your local store to see what their color rotation cycle is. For example last week the color was yellow, this week it is purple! Understanding this rotation is what is going to save you on a lot of money. Typically a color is only on sale once a month. So, if the month started with the black color tag, then this color will most likely not be repeated again throughout that month. So if you want something with a black tag, and it is on sale this week, then grab it while you have the chance. After the week is over, another color tag will be on sale.

Goodwill stores are gaining huge popularity due to these amazing discount deals. 50% off on items of selected colors, along with other sales, are making Goodwill stores a hit among thrift shoppers. Head over to one of your local Goodwill stores to enjoy these amazing discounts and see what you can find!

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Melissa King - Savvy Shopper Blogger

Melissa King, a Savannah resident and professional savings blogger, joins our Goodwill community with savvy shopping Goodwill deals and tips for shopping at Goodwill.

Melissa is the wife of an emergency room travel nurse and the mother of a school-age son who faced tight times several years ago and learned couponing and savvy shopping to make ends meet.

Now, saving money and sharing that knowledge is her passion. Melissa teaches regular couponing classes and has been featured in All You, Consumer Digest. and Parents magazines. She is also a Savings.com Deal Pro, Mom Ambassador and a She Heard Blogger.

Follow her blog at thismommysavesmoney.com for daily updates, deals, and tips.