How to Use Store Rewards Cash for Kids

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Being fashionable has never
been so economical.

There’s almost no getting around it:  kid’s stuff is expensive.  Boyfriend is convinced the entire youth industry is run by the mob.  I think he’s joking, but it is kind of silly how a onsie can cost as much as a grown person’s blouse…they’re using less material, right?  So why does it cost so much?  Because they know people have to/want to buy it.  I posted before about resale and consignment shops, but maybe buying used isn’t your cup of tea.  Here’s one of my tricks for buying new:

Store cash rewards.  Many stores host these…buy $X worth of product at our store during these given dates and get $X in store cash (or gift cards) to spend between some later given dates.

Most recently boyfriend needed some dress clothes.  We got something in the mail from Kohl’s saying they were running Kohl’s cash.  Spend $50 get $10 in Kohl’s cash.  We were going to spend $50 anyways, so we headed to Kohl’s.  Got his clothes.  Got $10 for future use.  Fast forward about five days.  I go back with my $10 and leave the store with a St. Patrick’s Day outfit for the little one and a fancy Disney cup…for free.  I’m careful to stay under the $10 limit so I’m not duped into spending more at the store than I would have without the voucher.  Oh, and I got the St. Patrick’s Day outfit so cheap because I waited until 4 or 5 days before the holiday.  Stuff is a little more picked over, but if you wait a little while to shop, stores seriously slash their prices for seasonal stuff like that.

Be careful not to spend more than you were going to just to get the rewards.  I was recently in Old Navy.  They’re running this thing right now where if you spend $20 you get a $10 store voucher.  Which is pretty sweet.  but I was only going to spend $10.  I was really tempted to go pick up some tank tops so I would qualify for the deal, but then realized I’d be spending money I wouldn’t have otherwise spent; I would have paid $10 for a $10 coupon.  Doesn’t make much sense.

Other stores use this system…it’s not just limited to clothes.  Try Target (who frequently gives gift cards if you buy enough diapers) or Babies R Us (which gouges you with their prices, but does sometimes have promotions where you can get gift cards back.)

Oh!  I was checking the bottom of my Kohl’s receipt for rewards surveys like Becky told me to, and I found something interesting.  Did you know Kohl’s offers scholarships?  I didn’t.  It’s for kids ages 6-18 who haven’t graduated high school yet and spend some of their time volunteering.  The prizes range from a $50 Kohl’s gift card to a $10,000 educational scholarship.  If you’re interested, check it out.

*This is a Frugal Tuesday Tip*

10 thoughts on “How to Use Store Rewards Cash for Kids

  1. Katie

    Maybe your boyfriend is right about the kids industry being run by a mob. LOL It’s crazy having to spend so much money on clothes the kids will be grown out of in a month. I try to buy in the off season to save on my girls’ clothes.

  2. Daisy @ Add Vodka

    When I was a kid, I took the greyhound bus a LOT to go see my dad who lived in a different city. At least once a month for years and years. After all of this, I saw on a ticket stub that they gave bursaries/scholarships to those greyhound riders who kept the most ticket stubs. I didn’t keep a single one, and I was so disappointed. I took that bus more than anyone, like, ever!

  3. WorkSaveLive

    It could be the mob or it could be a government conspiracy to sell things at higher prices so they can get a larger amount in taxes…


    I fall into the trap a lot on those rebates or “free” Kohls cash. Spend $50 and you get $5 off your next purchase. Well…I was only planning to spend $30! Dumb marketing gimmicks. Why do they have to be so creative and enticing?


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