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Gymboree: Learn how to save up to 86% off of retail prices at Gymboree!

You can routinely find 20% off coupons for Gymboree in magazines (usually Parenting, Parents, and Plum) and if you register on Gymboree.com for their mailing list, you’ll often get coupons mailed to your home that you can redeem either online or in store.

Here’s how I save BIG on my kids’ clothing from Gymboree:

I routinely get items for over 80% off at Gymboree AND then I’ll stack a 20% off coupon on top *AND* earn gymbucks (a coupon worth $25 off a future $50 purchase) too– then when I redeem the Gymbucks, I ensure that I put that 50% discount to good use, by stacking that discount on top of already deeply discounted items!

Let’s explain what Gymbucks are– they’re a coupon that you “earn” during certain times of the year (it’s well marked online and in store when it’s Gymbucks earning)– you need to buy $50 (after discounts) to earn one gymbuck– and that Gymbuck then allows you to purchase another $50 worth of clothing for just $25 during the redemption period.

When it is Gymbucks earning, the redemption period is usually a few weeks to a month later– in either case, the redemption period is always dislosed. You *must* use Gymbucks during the very next redemption period otherwise they expire– you can’t hang on to them to use in later redemption periods. You also need to be careful NOT to lose your Gymbucks as they’re not replaceable.

Additionally, you can’t use additional discounts during Gymbucks redemption– so no coupon stacking during redemption– only during earning.

So, let’s look at a couple different scenarios– in each one, you’re going to be spending $75 out of pocket– but let’s take a look at how the savings can REALLY add up when you start buying already discounted items– it’ll blow your mind!

Now, let’s say I have a 20% off coupon and I purchase only full priced clothing– and then use my Gymbucks to buy only full priced clothing– let’s see how much I save:

First transaction: Gymbucks earning

$62.50 (retail price)
-$12.50 (20% discount)
$50 spent (and you earn 1 Gymbuck)

Second transaction: Gymbucks redemption

$50 (retail price)
-$25 (Gymbucks)
$25 spent

Total Spent: $75
Total Retail Value: $112.50
Discount: 33.33%

Okay, I saved 33% off– not too shabby– I got $112.50 worth of clothing for $75 between the two transactions. But I know that I can do better… let’s keep going.

Now, you might argue (and correctly so!) that right now there’s a 30% off coupon for full priced merchandise (it expires 5/31/09)– so I will adjust the math to reflect the better coupon value:

First transaction: Gymbucks earning

$71.43 (retail price)
-$21.43 (30% discount)
$50 spent (and you earn 1 Gymbuck)

Second transaction: Gymbucks redemption

$50 (retail price)
-$25 (Gymbucks)
$25 spent

Total Spent: $75
Total Retail Value: $121.43
Discount: 38.24%

That’s not a bad savings– 38% off is nothing to sneeze at– but I know that we can do better! MUCH better..

Now, let’s make a good deal even better, shall we?

Gymboree regularly marks their clothing down, first by 20%– then 40%– then 60% and then clearance prices vary by store but they’re usually around 80% off (sometimes more!)– and especially if you follow the sales cycle, you’ll see that summer clothing hits the stores in April *way* before summer and, for most parts of the country, before summer weather arrives– and if you wait only a few weeks to a few months, you can get seasonal clothing while it’s STILL in season.

So let’s re-do the math at each price point to see where our savings end up:

Here’s how much you save if you only buy items that are marked 20% off:

First transaction: Gymbucks earning

$78.12 (retail price)
$62.50 (after 20% markdown)
-$12.50 (after 20% coupon)
$50 spent (and you earn 1 Gymbuck)

Second transaction: Gymbucks redemption

$62.50 (retail price)
$50 (after after 20% markdown)
-$25 (Gymbucks)
$25 spent

Total Spent: $75
Total Retail Value: $140.62
Discount: 46.67%

Getting better, you’ve now saved nearly 1/2 off of retail– and you have $140 worth of clothing for $75.

Let’s do the math if you only buy items marked down by 40%:

First transaction: Gymbucks earning

$104.17 (retail price)
$62.50 (after 40% markdown)
-$12.50 (after 20% coupon)
$50 spent (and you earn 1 Gymbuck)

Second transaction: Gymbucks redemption

$83.33 (retail price)
$50 (after after 40% markdown)
-$25 (Gymbucks)
$25 spent

Total Spent: $75
Total Retail Value: $187.50
Discount: 60%

Wow, you just saved 60% off of retail–by only selecting 40% off items in two transactions– and considering how rapidly Gymboree discounts their clothing, that’s not difficult to do.. but let’s keep going!

Here’s the math with items marked down 60%:

First transaction: Gymbucks earning

$156.25 (retail price)
$62.50 (after 60% markdown)
-$12.50 (after 20% coupon)
$50 spent (and you earn 1 Gymbuck)

Second transaction: Gymbucks redemption

$125 (retail price)
$50 (after after 60% markdown)
-$25 (Gymbucks)
$25 spent

Total Spent: $75
Total Retail Value: $281.25
Discount: 73.3%

If you purchase only items that are 60% off, then you can get $281.25 worth of clothing for $75– that’s a discount of 73.3% from retail!

And, here’s how you hit Gymboree nirvana– here’s the math when you buy items at 80% off:

First transaction: Gymbucks earning

$312.50 (retail price)
$62.50 (after 80% markdown)
-$12.50 (after 20% coupon)
$50 spent (and you earn 1 Gymbuck)

Second transaction: Gymbucks redemption

$250.00 (retail price)
$50 (after after 80% markdown)
-$25 (Gymbucks)
$25 spent

Total Spent: $75
Total Retail Value: $562.50
Discount: 86.67%

If you only buy items that are 80% off, then you will walk out of the store with $562.50 worth of clothing for just $75– a discount of 86.7% from retail! Now THAT’S a deal!

And, I realize that it may not always be possible to find enough deeply discounted clothing in the appropriate sizes for your children– but the lesson remains the same– stack discounts on top of discounts to really maximize your savings.

Again, be sure to both sign up online with your email and mailing address at gymboree.com AND sign up with your phone number in store to be sure to be contacted when they’re about to have a sale and/or when Gymbucks earning or redemption is about to begin.

And, the best part of Gymboree clothing– other than it’s stinking cute *and* that you can get a great deal on it— is that you might be able to resell it on eBay or consign it for, get this, MORE than you paid for it new. Seriously insane, right? But I’ve done it over and over and over again, so it’s true!

Now do you see why I *love* Gymboree?

Happy Gymboree shopping!

 
 
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