Special thanks to the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls for sponsoring this post!
Confession time: I’ve had a habit of buying clothes for future children since I was 18 years old.
I specifically remember heading into the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls and being compelled to pick up a baby’s faux leather jacket for just 0.99 cents. I know this may be strange to you, but the bargain hunter in me knew the best deals come with time!
All the women in my family would take the short drive to the Outlets for everything from back-to-school shopping or clothes for a new jobs to Black Friday deals and seasonal closet refreshers.
When I was pregnant with my second child, Charlie, I went to the new H&M opening there and came home with several bags of clothes for baby, my husband, 4-year-old Fox, and me. Since then I’ve been heading back routinely to shop for the whole family.
This back to school season is no different!
After Fox’s swim class we headed to Niagara Falls and got to shopping.
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First stop was H&M, which is still one of my favorite places to shop for the entire family. If I’m ever in a time crunch, this is the only store I’ll head into. This particular location has a large room for clearance-style markdowns.
Fox got a handful of new outfits for school, Charlie got a Christmas sweater for $2 (love a good off-season deal!), and mom and dad got two outfits a piece.
A few doors down we went into the Disney Store. I had seen a promo going for varsity jackets costing only $30 and we also snagged a Spider-Man zip pouch filled with school supplies. After a quick boba tea break, we stumbled upon Build-a-Bear which is a free-standing store in the hall. Fox had never done a Build-A-Bear before, so this was a real treat for him. I had made one in high school, but a lot has changed — they now have scents, sounds, vibrations and more!
Fox got a bunny named Bunny. It was so neat watching him gravitate towards different accessories and he got lots of compliments from anyone who was nearby enough to hear the Super Mario theme song play every time he squeezed it.
Make sure to ask about deals while you’re there. We passed on the buy one get one for $10, but stocked up on gift cards that ran $5 for a $10 voucher. We also learned about their birthday club, where your child can pay their age for their very own bear on their special day!
Our last stop of the day was the conjoined Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh shops.
They had amazing doorbusters!
Would you believe each of the outfits below were individually under $25 head to toe?
All the shirts were under $5 and the jeans were $10. My favorite buy were the cool white shoes which started at $38 but were discounted to $7.49!
We were sorry to miss the new Vans outlet which opened the day after we shopped on August 1st, so we’ll have to head back for more.
For more savings, visit Guest Services to get your Fashion Outlets Savings Pass, which offers up to $800 in savings at participating retailers. The retail value of the card is $5, but it’s free for AAA members, military, and students! Now through September 2nd, bring a back-to-school supply donation for the Boys & Girls Club of Niagara Falls and receive a free Savings Pass, special retailer offers, and a voucher for a FREE appetizer from Applebee’s.
Have you finished school shopping yet?
WRITTEN BY SARABETH MCELHANEY
After an 8-year stint in sunny California, Sarabeth is back in her native Buffalo with family in tow, showing them what this great city is all about. A former publishing professional, she now runs the lifestyle blog The February Fox. Follow along with SB’s daily adventures on Instagram and Twitter.