Today's tip will be of most benefit mother's of boys. You know how quickly boys can wear their jeans and pants through at the knee? (The knees are always the first to go!) Well it was really getting costly replacing perfectly good jeans (with the exception for the gaping holes in the knees) every few months. I got so tired of roaming different clothing stores looking for the best deal on boys jeans. The didn't have the benefit of any older siblings or cousins who would pass on their hand-me-downs.
When my boys were 3 and 5 years old, I heard about the Sears program called "Kidvantage"? If you've never heard about it then you're in for a real treat. This free program allows you to exchange a worn out item of clothing for a new one! Of course it has to still fit the child you're exchanging it for and you need your reciept for major brands. But I found out that if you're exchanging Sears brands (Canyon River Blues for jeans) then no recipt is necessary.
For ten years now, I've just taken in the holey jeans, tell the clerk we are kidvantage members and exchange the jeans for an equivalent pair. We always buy CRB's (Canyon River Blues) because we like the classid style and you can exchange them without a reciept. This program has saved our family a lot of money and hassle over the years.
Some caveats: Sears advertizes that the carry size 18/20 jeans for boys and their newspaper circulars say they have them, but none of the stores we've been to or called have them in stock. I guess it's not a size with a big enough turn over rate to warrant keeping them in stock. Other than that, I have only good things to say about kidvantage.
Ps. Buy the jeans when they're on sale for even greater savings.