With three growing boys ages 2, 6 and 9, it feels as if someone always needs new shoes. There used to be a time, where I could pass a pair of shoes from one kid to another, but this is no longer the case with my two oldest sons. My kids do a lot of walking, and the shoes show signs thereof, so in many cases, the big boys wear out the shoes before they grow out of them. Still there are ways to save on shoes, and today’s how to be frugal post is about just that.
There are ways to cut the family shoe budget, but you might have to change the way you think about buying shoes. If you usually buy shoes, whenever someone needs them, it is time to change your way of thinking. Frugality is about thinking ahead, so that you are not forced to buy anything at full price. However, with frugality comes organization, because if you are not organized you can easily loose money.
How To Save On Shoes & Cut Your Family’s Shoe Budget
- Think ahead
- Never stop looking for shoes
- Always make a trip past the shoe clearance sections, my favorite stores for shoe clearance are: Kohl’s, Target, JCPenney and Sears.
- Combine coupons with sales or clearance and free shipping
- Stay organized, know shoes sizes and keep a list
- Keep all shoes in one place
- Realize that the cheapest shoes are not always the best value.
Back-to-school shopping has begun, and all three of my boys are growing out of the shoes that they are wearing, and at full price and even sale prices I could easily end up spending $15 – $30 per shoe for each of them. Since we live in South Florida, each one of my boys need a pair of sandals and a pair of regular shoes that they can wear to school, and a conservative estimate would mean that I would spend $100 on shoes.
However, because I am always shoe hunting, I went shoe shopping in our family’s shoe box instead. In there I found:
- A pair of size 6 sandals for my 9-year-old son bought at Payless online with a sale, coupon and free shipping to store for $7.31 ($12.99).
- A pair of Z skechers size 6 for my 9-year-old son bought at Shoemall.com on sale with a 25 percent off coupon and free shipping $18.75 (was $59.99)
- A pair of Champions running shoes size 1 for my 6-year-old son on clearance at Target for $5.98 (Was $19.99)
- A pair of Hotwheels shoes size 1 for my 6-year-old son bought on clearance at Sears for $7.49 (Was $24.99)
- A pair of Faded Glory sandals size 9 for my soon-to-be 3-year-old son bought on clearance on Walmart.com with free shipping for $6 (Was $10) (Paid for with Walmart gift card earned at Superpoints see online earnings tab in top navigation bar)
- A pair of Circo toddler sneakers size 9 for my soon-to-be 3-year-old son bought on shoe clearance at Target.com for $8.48 (Was $19.99) with free shipping (Paid for with Target gift card earned at Superpoints see online earnings tab in top navigation bar )
- A pair of Cherookee play sneakers size 9 for my soon-to-be 3-year-old son – hand-me-downs from older brother FREE (saved $16)
So if I had bought all of the above shoes for my sons at full price, I would have paid $163.95. Because of looking ahead and buying the shoes, when I found the right deal, I only paid $54.01 (or $7.71 per shoe). The best part was that I found shoes my sons liked, which means that they will actually wear them.
Save on shoes is a part of the How To Be Frugal series here at Frugality Is Free. The How To Be Frugal series is all about frugality and living a frugal life without compromising on quality.
As you can tell it is easy to save on shoes, but you need to have patience, you need to be organized, and you need to think ahead.