$avings news: Inexpensive Father’s Day gifts – a $100 wardrobe

Father’s Day is upon us. Shirts, ties and socks are traditional, albeit, boring gifts. So why not liven up the Day-of-Dad with an ENTIRE closet stocked with new apparel? I did. And you can too for about $100.

Check out the loot:


4 shorts, 3 tees, 3 polos, 4 button-downs and a pair of sandals, all for about $100

You can do it too! Here’s how.

* Shop in small towns:

Jamestown, N.D., let’s face it, doesn’t offer the variety of bigger cities 100 miles east, west and south. It does, however, mean super bargains are among us… all in the name of a good clearance sale and fewer shoppers to compete against. PLUS! No need to spend extra $$$ on travel!

JCPenney in Jamestown, for example, had super bargains this weekend (AND IT STILL DOES, so give the store a visit).

For example, I purchased this green-ish gray polo.

Original price = $25. Our price = $3.47!!

Original price: $25

Clearance price: $4.97

Less my coupon (which JCPenney runs in Thursday newspapers to promote its weekend sale, in this case it was a $10 off $25 purchase): $1.50

Final price: $3.47 !!

* Scan the newspaper for coupons: That’s how I found the JCP one. A newspaper subscription is like an investment… you make money from all the deals and coupons inside. And I’m not saying that just because I work at one… :)

* Look to the Internet for a money-saving mountain as well. NEVER, EVER shop a department store without a coupon. They have them every weekend…. 20 percent off your purchase, 15 percent, etc. My favorite website for Internet coupons is retailmenot.com. Use it for all kinds of discounts, including for stores like Domino’s, Quiznos, Kohl’s, Amazon, etc.

* Shop on weekends: That’s when most department stores offer their additinal sales like $10 off a $25 purchase or 15% off your purchase. Although some retailers do accept those discounts throughout the week.

* If you forget your coupon, ask. Many retailers like Macy’s, Herberger’s etc., won’t automatically take the advertised discount off your purchase if you don’t have the ad in hand. But if you tell them you saw it in the newspaper, they’ll typically apply the savings anyway.

* Sign up for retailers’ newsletters: Glicks clothing store, for example, sends 30 percent off coupons to those who sign up for its email newsletter. Christopher & Banks sends coupons, deals and discounts almost every day. Sign up and get a $10 off coupon.

* Shopathome.com is the mother of Internet shopping for the purchases we can’t buy locally. Install the toolbar and save money on nearly every Internet purchase including sites like Cabelas, EBay and Choice Hotels. It’s simple and it’s not a gimmick. (My maid-of-honor works there. She wouldn’t steer me/us wrong!) I’ve earned about $76 so far on stuff I had to buy anyway. Watch this blog for a better explanation in the future, but in the meantime, install it and wait for your check in the mail. Seriously. Shopathome.com. And your welcome. Oh and it has coupons and coupon codes. Thousands of them. You’re welcome again :)

* Use the coupons… multiple times: JCPenney’s weekend coupon was $10 of a $25 purchase. I spent more than that, so I asked the associate if she’d let me purchase my items in multiple transactions. No problem, she said. No shame necessary.

So, what did I do with all the money I save, you ask? I’m so glad you did :)

Lady shirts = $3.11

Original price: $14

Clearance price: $4.20

Less my coupon: $1.09

Final price: $3.11

And for all you Jamestown shoppers, JCPenney had a hundred shirts like these in all colors and sizes when I left Saturday afternoon. It sold man polos in every color and shorts in all sizes and styles for $9.99 plus whatever coupons a shopper could offer. Even $10/shirt is a bargain, but we savers can do better than that!

Have any bargain success stories to share? Send them my way! Let’s inspire other readers!!

5 thoughts on “$avings news: Inexpensive Father’s Day gifts – a $100 wardrobe

  1. Thanks for the tips, I’ve been playing around with the shopathome website all morning now!! For other bargain hunters, I found a website with cheap sunglasses and bought my dad a pair of reading sunglasses. He’s an avid reader and always doubles up his glasses/sunglasses on our summer vacation…not cool. Anyway, just an idea others might like!

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