Specifically when getting ready for a new season with children.
Being a city girl at heart, I’m used to the accessibility of farmers markets, one to choose from any day of the week. Which makes cooking healthy toddler (and adult) bites much easier.
There’s also all of the parks, classes and groups for toddlers, etc.
The thing I miss the most? Quality sale shopping. For kids stuff.
I am a huge fan of second hand shopping when it comes to clothes, but the two things I always buy brand new are cloth diapers and shoes.
There is not one cloth diaper shop in the town I live in, nor is there a good kid shoe store. Well, there is one, which I am not going to even acknowledge, because their prices were shocking.
With the Internet peaked out in every industry, it almost seems silly to be bothered with the lack of local accessibility when it comes to shopping anyways. Gone are the days when online shopping meant only purchasing with the big brands. (Although I must admit to be a fan of that too, because c’mon. Have you heard of Zulily, or Mini Social? Or GILT? Sure you have. I’m certain many of us bloggers share the sales from those sites with you lovely readers on the regular.)
For the most part though, I like to support mom and pop companies, smaller companies that perhaps carry the quality bigger brands and mom-based business making hand-made goods. Often referred to by that other mom-centric term. Which right there is another one. OY.
Anyhow, as I ramble, before you loose interest, take advantage of the hours of research I’ve done.
I found this Top 10 List on Amazon of The Best Infant/Toddler Shoe Brands For Developing Feet and it’s SPOT on. Look no further, this is your list. The brands range in price, from reasonable to way out of my budget. (Although, I wish I could afford some of those delicious handmade shoes and support those businesses. Just not now). I always check the sale section first and buy a season (= size) ahead of time. Dicey I know — but it’s worked with our eldest toddler thus far.
No big secret there, many parents do this — when clothes shopping for snowsuits, winter boots, etc. Hit those sales up at the end of the season for next year! You’ll save money in the end.
Out of that list my all-time favourite shoe brands are See Kai Run and Stride Right. I just spent a reasonable amount of money on one pair of casual (Abby), runners (Wyndham), dress shoes for each of my them and a pair of Molehill Sno Mocs for my girl’s first winter (with matching mittens). Molehill is the best idea going when it comes to boots and mittens for first walkers and pudgy hands. Ever tried to put mittens on a toddler and have them stay on without breaking sweat?
Didn’t think so.
Trust me on this one.
I did all of this shopping on Tiny Soles. Took me a while to find this site, but I prefer one-stop shopping on-line, it’s cheaper shipping that way. This company actually gives free shipping when you spend more than 20 bucks. That’s a deal right there people. 3 our of the 6 items I purchased were sale items.
I then headed over to hit the up the end of season sale at See Kai Run for a pair of sandals for both Abby and Wyndham for next season. Half the price my friends. Half. Way less time spent than going to a shopping mall.
Of course Endless by Amazon and Amazon itself are always great for sale shopping too. Just didn’t find what I was looking for there today.
So that’s it. My views, my perspective, how I save money living in small town with little options for growing feet.
How do you like to save money on shopping for the necessities for your littles?
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