If you have an American Girl fan in your household and are looking for ways to save on the expensive brand, here are a few tips to make note of…
1.) Consider Buying Knock-Off
Before buying an American Girl doll which retails for $115 or more, check out the knock-off brand dolls on the market that are very similar and may work just fine if your child does not insist on American Girl. You can snag Our Generation dolls for just $19.99-$24.99 at Target, Dollie and Me dolls for around $24.99 at Kohl’s during a sale, What a Doll dolls for $24.99-$29.99 at Kmart, or Journey Girls for $39.99 from ToysRUs…a much cheaper option!
2.) Purchase Preemie Baby or 18″ Doll Clothing
If you own an American Girl doll and are looking for new accessories or clothing, consider buying preemie baby clothing at stores like Carter’s, Kohl’s, Walmart or Target (or online at Amazon.com) as it should fit your American Girl doll perfectly. Or purchase any knock-off brand clothing for any 18″ doll and it will cost less and should also fit any American Girl doll. As an example, you can buy 21-piece clothing sets at Walmart for just $35 whereas an American Girl 4-piece outfit may range from $24-$64 each.
3.) Purchase Discounted Retail Gift Cards at Costco
If you’re planning a trip to an American Girl store, look for discounted American Girl Store gift cards at Costco before stepping foot in-store! You may be able to find a FOUR pack of $25 American Girl Gift Cards for ONLY $79.99 – that is a whopping 20% savings! Note that these gift cards will not be available at every Costco, but be sure to snatch them up if you do spot them.
4.) Look for Used Dolls First (+ American Girl Doll Hospital)
Be sure to look on eBay or Craigslist FIRST for a used American Girl Doll before whopping out the cash for a new one. If you’re able to find a pre-loved doll, the American Girl Store has a Doll Hospital so if your doll has an “injury”, you can admit her to the Doll Hospital and she’ll be carefully handled to protect her from further injury. A team of doll doctors will examine her from head to toe and decide on a treatment to fix her “injuries” – everything from hair brushing to limb tightening to major “surgery.” For options and pricing, go here or call 1-800-628-5145.
5.) Shop Online During a Sale…and Cyber Monday!
You can often score nice savings on accessories, furniture, clothing, and occasionally dolls whenever you shop online during a sale so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Plus, they often offer promo codes or sales to save on shipping! For example, through December 7th, AmericanGirl.com is offering up to 55% off Special Package Deals with FREE shipping – making for great deals on various collections. Plus, they often have a special offer where you can save 50% or more on a certain set with a minimum purchase requirement!
PLUS, in year’s past the American Girl Store hosts a Cyber Monday Sale where you can save up to 60% off American Girl Books, Accessories, Clothing and more! This would be a great time to stock up on various items and accessories for your doll at a deep discount.
6.) Sign Up for American Girl Newsletter
Be sure to sign up for the American Girl Newsletter so you are the first to know about the best sales! As an e-mail subscriber, you will get access to special promotions and premium content, as well as early notification of new products!
7.) Buy American Girls Collection Mini Dolls
Walmart and Amazon often offer deep discounts on the 6″ or 6.5″ American Girls Collection Mini Dolls. For example, Amazon recently offered select American Girl Mini Doll & Book Lightning Deals where you could score some nice savings! The American Girls Mini Doll and Book Sets often go on sale for $12-$15 each and are regularly priced at $24.99 – a nice alternative to the full size dolls!
8.) Watch for Jill’s Steals and Deals on Hip2Save
If you’re looking for a great deal on American Girl dolls, be sure to watch Jill’s Steals and Deals on the TODAY Show (or just be sure to follow Hip2Save! :) ). In 2015 alone, the show aired 4 segments with fantastic deals on American Girl dolls and accessories (February, June, August, & September).