Saturday, November 15, 2014

#HolidaysR4 Thrifty Spending

I have spent a lot of time today mapping out our family's holiday spending.  It's one of the less festive holiday traditions, but it has to happen, right?  We'll be going to Disney World in 2015 (more on that in future, of course), and to maximize that budget and our holiday budget, a lot of travel gear will appear under the tree this year.  Suitcases are super cool to four-year-old's, aren't they?

Another way we will try to make the most of every dollar this season is by turning a blind eye to those adorable holiday outfits on retail racks and buying the kids' fancier outfits used if we can.  Admittedly we have splurged here and there over the years, but much of Michael and Sophie's wardrobes has come from mom-to-mom sales and children's consignment shops.

Most of their snow suits?  Used!

Most of their bathing suits? Used!

Most Halloween costume components?  Used!

Like a lot of seasonal gear and costumes, their holiday duds will get minimal use.  While I want the kids to look their best, of course, I have no wish to break the bank there.

If, like me, you love a good deal on clothes with "previous experience" and also care deeply about education, you should check out Schoola.  For every $5 you spend, $2 goes to support schools.  That mission and their special occasion collection have certainly gotten my attention!  

Schoola has kindly offered Shared and Doubled readers 25% off your first purchase with the code TRYSCHOOLA. I hope you'll check it out!

In addition, post a holiday moment (story/picture) on Facebook with the hashtag #HolidaysR4 and you can be entered to win one of three $25 gift cards from Schoola each week.

The holidays inevitably lead to a basement clean-out around here. Keep in mind that if you wish to conduct a drive or have gently used kids' clothes to sell, the Schoola website has information on how to do so to raise funds for your own school. It's always good to have another useful outlet in mind for those outgrown swimsuits, snowsuits, costumes, and holiday outfits!

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