Are you tired of buying new jeans only to have your boys wear holes in the knees within a week? If so, take a peek at this simple money-saving tip that is the solution to your holey jean woes.I’m super excited to share a life-changing tip with you today. One of my favorite things about having a blog is being able to share information that has made my life better with anyone who happens to find my little corner of the Internet.
But first, some background…
My boys wear a lot of hand-me-down clothes. I have several friends and neighbors that have generously passed on their boys’ clothes to me, and I’m so grateful for all the money we’ve saved over the past five years. However, do you know what one item almost NEVER gets passed on to me?
If you’re a boy mom like me, you’ve probably guessed it…jeans!
The problem with buying jeans for boys
Little boys are ROUGH on their clothes. After all, who has time to worry about taking care of clothing when there are dragons to be vanquished, buried treasure to unearth, and playgrounds to explore?
T-shirts and shorts usually survive these daring exploits, but any cloth that goes over their knees is doomed for a quick demise. Especially now that my boys are getting older and more adventurous, I’m constantly finding holes in their pants!
Last fall, I bought Little Man two new pairs of jeans for under $8 each. Awesome! …until two weeks later when he came home from preschool with a large hole in his left pant leg. Agh! I didn’t want to be mad at him–I want him to feel free to run and play. But I hate wasting money.
Plus, now I had a dilemma: do I buy another pair of the cheap jeans, knowing that they will wear out quickly, or do I invest in more expensive jeans hoping they’ll last longer?
Oh, the decisions!
I was telling a friend of mine about this frustration a few weeks later, and she opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibility: the Cat & Jack brand at Target.
What’s so special about Cat & Jack?
Target has a ONE YEAR quality guarantee policy for all Cat & Jack products. That means that if anything you buy breaks, tears, shrinks, or otherwise doesn’t meet your expectations any time during the year after you buy it, you can return it for a full refund or exchange it for a new product.
A year is an eternity in the world of children’s clothes! By the time the quality guarantee runs out, my boys will have long grown out of whatever it was I bought them. So, essentially, it’s like getting a lifetime guarantee.
This spring I bought Little Man some Cat & Jack flip flops to put in his Easter basket. He has LOVED them…literally to death…unfortunately. Last week, after being worn almost daily all summer long, they broke.
Little Man was seriously inconsolable about the loss of his beloved flip flops (have I mentioned that he’s a slightly dramatic child?).
I was disappointed, too, because they broke so close to the end of sandal season (because it’s nigh unto impossible to find flip flops in the stores right now), but he had definitely gotten a lot of good use out of them, so I wasn’t complaining. I was about to toss them in the trash when I saw the faded Cat & Jack logo on them.
Hmm, I wondered. Could I actually still return these?
Since I didn’t have the receipt anymore, I was doubtful that Target would be able to do anything to help, but I decided to shoot off an email to their customer service department.
What you need to know about the Cat & Jack return policy:
Here are the facts I learned in response to my email to customer service:
- Target DOES offer a one-year guarantee on all of their “owned brand products,” including Cat & Jack. (Anyone know what other brands they carry that would fall into this category???)
- A receipt is recommended to ensure you get the price you paid.
- You CAN attempt a no receipt return or exchange for the item without the receipt with a valid ID.
Note: I’ve also read elsewhere that if you pay with a Target Redcard, they can look up your purchase without a receipt.
My successful return
With nothing to lose, I headed to my local Target and asked the worker what she could do for me. Keep in mind, this was a seasonal item that I know they didn’t have in stock anymore (I looked online), so I wasn’t super hopeful.
However, after looking up the item number and asking me to swipe the credit card I paid with, she was able to return the flip flops for the full price I paid four months ago! Even without a receipt. I was so impressed by their willingness to stand behind their product.
The moral of the story
Target has made a loyal Cat & Jack customer out of me.
For this fall, I bought Little Man two new pairs of jeans–Cat & Jack brand. They seem pretty sturdy, but if they fall victim to the hazards of childhood play, I know I can replace them for free. That’s a pretty awesome deal.
Even better, Cat & Jack items are priced pretty reasonably to begin with. I get annoyed with stores that list their “regular” price of their products ridiculously high (I’m looking at you, Carters) and then just always happen to be having a 50% sale. Target doesn’t play those kind of games with Cat & Jack.
The regularly price of their boys jeans is usually around $12-13 dollars (reasonable), but I got mine on sale for $10. So, for two dollars more than the “awesome deal” jeans I got last year, I have a guarantee that they will last THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR. That’s worth two dollars to me.
Alright, I know I’ve sounded a bit like a commercial today, and I suppose I am, but I get really excited about saving money, and I had to share the good news. Target isn’t paying me to tell you any of this…I just think we frugal moms need to look out for each other.
Now, it’s your turn to chime in…
Have you purchased Cat & Jack clothes from Target? Share your experience!