Some of you may not be at the makeup and obsessive clothing stage, probably nor do your girls have never ending social engagements. But I can assure you this period is not too far away…..
- Shop online. There are so many sites for clothing and fashion for girls of all ages. Even the majority of your local department stores have an online shopping site. Some of these sites also offer special deals and rewards for online shoppers.
- Time your online purchases. I often buy clothing for my teen girls from Misguided and The Iconic. Often if you time your online shopping towards the end of a season you can get some amazing deals.
- Don’t discount any overseas online stores, many have free shipping if you spend over a certain amount, regardless of where in the world you may live.
- Regularly check the sites you shop on for regular deals and vouchers. Also sign up to their mailing list and you will probably receive special offers that are exclusively for subscribers only.
- Get then to ask for gift vouchers from their favourite stores for birthday and Christmas presents. This makes it easier for the giver also.
- Keep an eye for clearance sales in your department stores. These usually happen towards the end of each season so they can make room for new season stock. This is a great time to stock up on the basics for following year, just make sure that you get a size bigger in preparation for any growth spurts.
- Use “Hand Me Downs”. My 9 year old loves receiving clothes from her older sisters. She doesn’t care that they have been pre worn.
- Again use online stores, many offer great deals for online purchases.
- Buy in bulk. This is great especially if you have more than one teenage girl. My two oldest girls use the same face wash, pimple cream etc. Often many stores have a 2 for 1 deal, like Priceline and Price Attack.
- Buy big bottles of your favourite shampoo and conditioner. Girls with long hair go through astronomical amounts of these products, especially conditioner. Bigger bottles are usually better value.
- Stock up on head lice products. Girls it seems are more susceptible to these disgusting little creatures and if their hair is long you will use one bottle on only one child. These products are not cheap, so it’s always handy to grab some when they are on special and keep them on hand in your cupboard.
- Don’t throw away any of your own unwanted makeup. You may have changed you mind about the shade, but chances are your daughter will love it…..
One of my girls still has her weekly flute lessons and loves being a part of the school band and while she enjoys it that’s still ok.
- Find an activity that they love or excel at, they are much more likely to stick with it.
- If they are whinging and whining while you are driving them to their dance, gym or music lesson then maybe this is not the activity for them. They are learning nothing, feeling miserable and not giving it their all and as a result of this you are wasting your time and money.
- Team sports are generally much cheaper than a term of dance or gym. I can pay for a whole season (usually nearly 3 terms) of sport for what it would cost me for just one term of gym or dance. There are no multitudes of costumes to buy and only a one off uniform cost, with new shoes each season. With training and games they are getting high energy exercise at least 2-3 times per week, sometimes more and all for the one price.
- Get young children involved in your local playgroup. These are an inexpensive way to get your children socialising with others at a young age and it is a great way to make new friends and share advice and tips with other Mums.
- I know it may not always be feasible, but try and encourage your girls to enjoy the same activities. Sometimes clubs and organisations will offer a family discount if you are enrolling more than one child.
- Most sporting clubs and dance and gym studios offer 2nd hand uniforms at very reasonable prices.