Thrifty Florida Mom Money Saving Tips

Livie and Luca Deal

I wanted to share a deal I saw on-line with all my readers. One of our favorite shoe brands, Livie and Luca, is running a special on their navy blue Ruche Mary Janes. They are currently $24.99 a huge discount compared to the regular price of $62.00.

Check them out here at https://www.livieandluca.com/collections/mary-janes/products/ruche-mary-jane-navy-blue

We love Livie and Luca shoes due to their classic designs that go with everything and their durability. My daughter has been wearing the same pair for the last 6 months and they still look great. I love to find deals on high quality children’s items that I know will last and hold up versus buying something of lower quality that she will tear up in a short time period. With this deal these shoes are only a few dollars more than you might pay at a big box store but my experience is that the quality doesn’t even compare.

What do you think? Is it worth while to pay a few extra dollars for a higher quality product or does your little one grow so fast that you find it better to pay less? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Thrifty Florida Mom Money Saving Tips

Rothy’s Discount for Healthcare Workers

Are you a front line healthcare worker? Rothy’s the eco-friendly shoe company is offering 50% off of their amazing recycled shoes. The shoes are made from recycled water bottles and are completely washable. I had been interested in them for a while, after they popped up on my Instagram feed but their price tag was a little too steep for me. One of my friends let me know about their generous 50% off offer for frontline healthcare workers and I decided that this was the time to try them out.

You can find out more about Rothy’s discount program for teachers, first responders and medical professionals like doctors, nurses or hospital staff at https://rothys.com/style/discount-deals-program. This includes a one time 50% off code for certain styles. You will have to verify your eligibility through SheerID and upload supporting documents like your professional license.

My shoes came in the mail today and they are so soft and comfortable! I am very happy with them so far. If you decide to try out Rothy’s leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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Attention Target Shoppers, Thrifty Florida Mom Money Saving Tips

Attention Deal Seekers: Valentine’s Clearance at Target

Before I had a little one I did not decorate for any holidays except major holidays like Christmas and Easter. Now that I see all of the enjoyment that she gets out of decorating that house we decorate for all the smaller holidays too. Since the price of decorations can quickly add up I have been slowly building up my stock by picking things up on clearance after the holiday. This weekend I stopped by Target to see what I could find.

While I struck out on Valentine’s decorations at my local store I still didn’t walk away empty handed. Here are a few deals that I found:

Thomas & Friends Wooden Toys 50% off

There’s nothing like the Target Toy Clearance!

Stuffed Animals for my birthday bin (I keep a Rubbermaid container that I use year round for last minute gift ideas for kids birthdays) 50% off in the Valentine’s section (but with no specific Valentine’s Day mention anywhere on the toys).

And finally these super cute rose gold Stride Rite shoes for $7.48, 70% off regular price.

Are you finding any great deals at your local Target? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Thrifty Florida Mom Money Saving Tips

10 for $10

Right now is one of my favorite times to go secondhand shopping as my local Once Upon A Child Stores have all of their clearance merchandise discounted to $1 if you purchase 10 items this weekend. This is when I stock up on basics for my little one at a price that can’t be beat. I also like to use this clothes for day care as if they get lost, ripped in a fall on the playground, stained with pasta sauce from lunch or covered in paint at art time it is not a big deal.

I will normally buy clothes in the next two sizes if I need another piece or two to get enough things I like to get to 10 or 20 items. Today I found brand new blue jeans with the original tags from Belk, a brand new blue jean top from Cat & Jack as well as items from Gap and crewcuts in excellent condition.

When buying clothes ahead of time from a secondhand store I look for neutrals that are in good condition from trusted brands that I know will wash well.

So, if you are a parent that likes a great deal and doesn’t mind second hand make sure you check out your local Once Upon A Child’s social media to find out what the current clearance deals are in your area.

Do you purchase secondhand clothes for your little one? If so what secondhand stores are your favorite? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

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Thrifty Florida Mom Money Saving Tips

How We Save Money at the Happiest Place on Earth

Like a lot of Florida residents we enjoy vacationing in our own state. With beautiful beaches and warm weather it’s like our own little slice of paradise. Also, like a lot of other Floridians we enjoy spending time at the Home of the Mouse, Walt Disney World. As we feel our little one is a little too little to really enjoy Universal Studios, Disney has become our go to for theme park entertainment.

As many of you are probably aware, depending upon what you are doing and enjoying at Disney World the cost can add up quickly. Here are a few ways that we try to stretch our money while enjoying a trip that can quickly add up.

  • Take advantage of Florida resident pricing. Disney does run specials that apply only to Florida residents and are a significant discount. In the past we have taken advantage of the half day pass, which allows admission into the park after noon. When doing this we select the park that is going to be open the latest that day and skip the afternoon nap/break to allow for at least 8-9 hours of in park time. Currently Disney is running a promotion for Florida Residents for 4 days for less than $200 which isn’t bad as a one day admission can run upwards of $100.

  • Bring your own food! We routinely pack and bring with us all our own breakfast food, snacks and drinks. We utilize large water bottles in order to keep our drinks cool while avoiding the high price of soft drinks in the park. We eat breakfast in our room almost always which also helps us to maximize the early morning time trying to get on as many rides/attractions as possible as it seems the waits always increase as the day goes on. The only exception to this rule is if we splurge on a character breakfast as the breakfast price can be considerably cheaper compared to the dinner price. If we do this we like the family style/all you care to enjoy selections in order to fill up and then normally only eat a snack mid day and then a smaller dinner.

  • Book hotels through Priceline and Hotwire. We have saved as much as 75% by booking through third party blind sites. With Priceline narrowing it down to three selections we were able to with 100% confidence book a Disney Partner hotel which still allowed for 60 day prior fastpass booking and save $116 dollars a night compared to the cheapest available on site Disney resort during that same time period.

  • Purchase Disney merchandise/souvenirs prior to entering the park. I have bought gently used Disney toys from second hand stores prior to our trip and then presented them to my child upon arrival. She has been just as excited as when we have purchased items on site.

  • Get your Princess dresses/costumes at Target after Halloween. My little one has a selection of Disney princess dresses that I have purchased for significantly less by picking them up at Target for 70% off after Halloween. She is happy to be dressed like a princess but at prices as much as 90% less than the average cost in the park.

Stay tuned for further money saving tips and tricks to avoid #mostexpensivedayever.

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Thrifty Florida Mom Money Saving Tips

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…to Start Christmas Shopping

So, though it may seem a little premature to say the least, this is the time of year that I start Christmas shopping. Why you may ask? Well, because of the deep clearance discounts that you can find at this time of year, especially for children’s toys. As we have about 15 children that we routinely shop for each year I find that I can get the biggest bang for my buck by looking for deep discounts on clearance toys following the Christmas season. Here’s how I do this:

  • Follow discount sites like http://www.thekrazycouponlady.com how post the biggest discounts that they are finding. I then search locally using http://www.brickseek.com.
  • Walking the toy aisle every time I visit Target at this time of year. If there is something in particular that I am looking for I will visit every Thursday night to do my grocery shopping as this is the day that my local Target makes new mark downs on toys. Also, not all Targets clearance the same. Therefore I have identified the Target in my area that tends to discount the most items (as it is in a more seasonal area and therefore historically has more items available longer) and no, I won’t share where this one is located because then I will be advertising one of my friend’s best kept secrets.
  • Identifying which items prior to Christmas that I would like if they go on clearance and then periodically searching for them on http://www.brickseek.com to see if they are marked down.
  • For Christmas books I always visit Homegoods or TJ Maxx on December 26th or 27th as they immediately discount all Christmas goods the day after Christmas and this includes children’s books.

Here are a couple of good deals that I have seen personally:

Disney Frozen 2 Ultimate Arendelle Castle Playset with Lights and Moving Balcony, 5 Ft. x 4 Ft. Originally $200.00, now $49.00 at Walmart

PLAYMOBIL Noah’s Ark Originally $69.99, now $49.67 at Walmart

Melissa & Doug Deluxe One Stop Shop Play Store Set – 63pc Originally $179.99 now $89.98 at Target.

Rock And Roll It – Rainbow Piano Originally $59.99, now $19.99 at Michael’s.

When do you start your Christmas shopping? What else would you like to now about starting early? Let me know and leave a comment below.

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