Yep I agree K-mart has gotten really cheap not in a good way either, the things from there just dont last like other shops do. So I stay away from k-mart if I look around i will go in there to see and compare on price and quality of the item but most of the time I walk out empty handed
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28-01-2012 18:13 #11
28-01-2012 18:38 #12
My preferred way of buying is the good brand stuff on sale (like really on sale, not just a few dollars knocked off). Even if the dodgy stuff is heavily discounted I'll but it, that way I didn't spend heaps on something that won't last. Things that I want to keep around a long time - appliances, technology, some clothes I buy the better items. DS clothes and the season fashion items and items that are regularly replaced I buy the cheap stuff. Things I won't compromise on are underwear and cosmetics and most food items.
28-01-2012 18:49 #13Senior Member
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I also now refuse to buy nasty cheap stuff - the last shirt I bought for me at KMart shrunk in one direction and stretched in the other in the first wash
I now try to buy quality when ever possible 'cept for groceries - I am buy more Coles brand name stuff
28-01-2012 19:01 #14
Our clothes are from op shops or other second hand ones, which are then passed on. That way we get quality for a low price and help the environment by recycling.
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28-01-2012 19:02 #15
Bit of everywhere.
I am a bargain hunter. I am a stay at home mum and I have the time to look around. While dh's pay packet allows us to buy expensive stuff I see no point and would rather spend our money more wisely.
-I spend a fair bit of my kids children's clothes, shoes etc. I buy from fb, boutiques, betts shoes etc. Because I dont like all the animated clothes that seem to fill BigW, Kmart, Targets racks. I buy them good shoes because i worry about their feet.
I buy my self what ever i like IF its on special, be that at MYER, Target, CUE, anywhere if its nice and on sale.
I buy most underwear etc at BigW.
For my groceries
- I have my fruit and veg delivered to my door from the markets. $30 a week for a large box.
- I buy my nappies from Aldi (bought huggies the whole time ds was in them, then tried one at a friends for dd and have never tunred back) they are cheap, never leak and personally no different to huggies. I also buy biscuits and snacks from there aswell. Nothing wrong with them, just unknown brands.
- I buy my meat from an organic butcher who has very competitive prices, slightly more expensive but the quality is much better then the supermarkets etc.
- Everything else from Coles
so YES i buy from everywhere. Even the reject shops if it means I get the same product for less. Why not? Great idea I think
28-01-2012 19:23 #16
I buy pretty much everything from kmart. If i buy new baby clothes, they are from kmart, I do have a few target ones but only from really good sales and reductions. If I have any good brands they have come from op shops or ebay.
I don't mind if no one else wants to buy from kmart though, cos sometimes I'll buy a new top and be worried that everyone else will be wearing it...no need to worry any more!
I'm not going to defend the quality, but when it's in size 0000 and it's only going to be worn 3 times then I don't think the quality really matters.
28-01-2012 21:01 #17-
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Clothes for ds I buy mostly at opshops as I know he will ruin them within minutes of wearing them.
I do like to buy good quality shoes for him as he's very tall and heavy and his very big feet.
Toys also come from opshops. My mum work at one and always manages to get some great toys that are very expensive to buy new, just for $5,- and a few new batteries.
Appliances I do like to buy the better brands if they are items that will be in use quite often. Ie fridge, stove, washing machine, etc.
A lot of my linen has been handed down to me and are still going well many years later. I did recently buy a few nice and thick bathtowels at Spotlight from the Koo brand.
I bought a few cheap Quiltcovers at Ikea in Europe well over 10 years ago, and they are still just as pretty and solid as they were the day I bought them.
Aldi I go to for part or my grocery shopping.
Clothes for yours truly also come from opshops mostly and jeans come from Target. My shoes are the most expensive items. I'm a size 12 and have a bad back. So its hard to find shoes for me under $200.- Yet they last me at least 10 years with just replacing the heels and soles a few times.
I only own 4 pairs of shoes and they are all at least 5 years old. They look like new though.
28-01-2012 21:16 #18Our family is complete!
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I freaking love K-Mart!!! Never used to a few years ago, but now...love it. I used to refuse to buy my kids clothes from K-Mart cause they'd go out of shape and be yuck after three washes...now last well enough to be 'in good nick' hand me downs. My DS, has 8 shirts for winter, all $2 each....thanks K-Mart. Our dinner set comes from K-Mart, in the dishwasher every use, can't fault it. We just decked out our campervan in K-Mart stuff too.
I've worn the same two black singlet tops from K-Mart over and over and over again this summer...they cost me $5 each and haven't faded or stretched at all even though my 2 year old loves pulling on my clothes all the time.
Most of my DD's shirts for summer came from K-Mart...bought them all at end of year sale for less than $5 each...not one of them has faded, stretched or gone out of shape...not even one that has silver sequins sewn on them.
My friend bought her DD's surf brand rashies for Christmas...one wash and they are destroyed and look really old.
I like Target's clothes lately too. Never shopped there until a couple of years ago.
A lot of the generic plastic toys are cheaper at K-Mart compared to other shops. When your child begs you for the same plastic toy for months on end I'd rather buy it at the shop with the cheapest price tag.
Quality over quantity is great in theory...but when I just had one child I'd buy the more expensive clothes, now I buy the cheap ones because I have three kids to buy clothes for and they last for the same amount of time.
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28-01-2012 21:17 #19
Clothes for ds - wherever is cheapest, hand me downs, op shops
Clothes for me - wherever is cheapest, I got my whole summer wardrobe for $120 from my local 'buy sell swap' page on FB ..
Toys - quality, usually wooden, they need to last and be handed down to the next bubba ...
Groceries - aldi for groceries, fruit market for everything else ...
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28-01-2012 21:31 #20
I actually feel the same a lot of the time. I tease my sister about it She buys stuff from Sam's Warehouse etc and it always falls apart. I joke that she spends more money than me because she has to replace her things all the time.
Although, it really is a hit and miss at times. For example, Ikea highchairs are awesome. The coffee table we got from there is really cruddy. I find that Aldi baby wipes are great, but I despise the more expensive huggies ones that you get from Woolies. I bought DS a train table from Aldi and it is faring really well It only cost $60, whereas the Thomas one costs hundreds.
However, MOST of the time, I live by the philosophy "You get what you pay for". I bought some cheap singlets the other week to wear to bed, and the straps have broken on all but one The one which hasn't broken has a hole in it...I should have just bought a few good quality ones to begin with!
I try and buy top quality appliances and toys - I steer clear of plastic toys and prefer wooden, durable ones. The toys I tend to buy are a bit more expensive but they last for ages (and still look great after a few years, compared to the plastic toys which were gifted to us).
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