15 Tips to Save BIG on American Girl Dolls & More
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If you have an American Girl fan in your household and are looking for ways to save on the really popular but expensive brand, here are a few tips to make note of before paying full price!
1.) Join the American Girl Rewards Program
If you shop for American Girl items often, it’s definitely worth joining the FREE AG Rewards Program. You’ll earn one point for every $1 you spend and will receive a $10 rewards certificate via email for every 200 points earned! You can earn up to a maximum of $50 in rewards certificates per month and $500 in rewards certificates per membership anniversary year. The points definitely add up!
As a member, you’ll also receive special birthday wishes, early access to select sales and events, exclusive sneak peeks, members-only surprises and bonus benefits. Awesome!
Even sweeter, occasionally AG Rewards Members can earn DOUBLE points on sale items, which means you’ll get two points for every $1 you spend. That means you’ll earn a $10 reward twice as fast!
2.) Sign Up for American Girl Emails for Sale Alerts
Be sure to sign up for the American Girl Email Newsletter so you are the first to know about the latest in-store sales and online promotions! As an e-mail subscriber, you will get access to special promotions and premium content, as well as early notification of new products in your inbox!
3.) Request a FREE American Girl Catalog by Mail
Be sure to sign up to receive a FREE American Girl Catalog in the mail as they are filled with fun items that any American Girl fan would enjoy browsing through. Occasionally, you’ll even find coupons attached to the catalog, such as 20% off or possibly 3 select dolls for $98 each. Be on the lookout!
4.) Consider Buying Knock-Off Before Paying Full Price
If you’re not 100% sure if your child will enjoy an American Girl doll which retails for $115 or more, consider checking out the knock-off brand 18″ dolls on the market first! There are many brands that are very similar and may work just fine if your child does not insist on American Girl.
You can snag Springfield Collection 18″ dolls at Hobby Lobby for just $13.19 with a 40% off coupon and they look very similar to American Girl dolls! Or snag Our Generation dolls starting at $24.99 at Target or even Journey Girls from ToysRUs for $19.98 during a sale (reg. $39.99) – much cheaper!
5.) Buy American Girl Dolls at Kohl’s and Earn Kohl’s Cash
If you have a Kohl’s nearby, you may want to head on over whenever they are offering up Kohl’s Cash as you can buy the Tenney Grant Doll and Logan Everett Doll (Tenney’s bandmate & drummer), both available in-store only. Note that you cannot use promo codes or coupons on these dolls, but you can use Kohl’s Cash during an earning period to get back Kohl’s Cash to buy other American Girl items!
These dolls are priced at $115 each, which is the same price on AmericanGirl.com. BUT if you are looking to spend any earned Kohl’s Cash and earn Kohl’s Cash for your purchase, be sure to head on over to your local Kohl’s as you’ll get back a whopping $20 in Kohl’s Cash to spend in the future!
Plus, they now have the new American Girl Wellie Wisher dolls available in-store only. These dolls are priced at $60, which means you can get back $10 in Kohl’s Cash to spend on other items!
6.) Save on Clothing! Buy Preemie Baby or 18″ Doll Clothing
If you’re looking for new accessories or clothing, consider buying preemie baby clothing at stores like Carter’s, Kohl’s or Target (or even on Amazon.com) as it should fit your American Girl doll perfectly. Or purchase any brand clothing for 18″ dolls and it will cost less and should fit any American Girl doll.
7.) Get Discounted Retail Gift Cards at Costco
If you’re planning a trip to an American Girl store, be on the lookout for discounted American Girl Store gift cards at Costco before stepping foot in the American Girl 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 year-round and usually appear to show up in the Spring and Fall, so be sure to snatch them up if you do spot them. These deals will vary.
Also, usually around March and October/November, head on over to your local Costco as you may be able to find popular Doll Sets that include a doll, outfits and a book at a huge discount! You can also usually find great deals on other American Girl craft sets, baby doll sets and more at Costco.
8.) Send “Injured” Dolls to the American Girl Doll Hospital
If you’re able to find a pre-loved doll or if your doll has an “injury”, the American Girl Store has a Doll Hospital so 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.”
9.) Shop During a Sale…and Cyber Monday!
You can often score nice savings on accessories, furniture, clothing, and occasionally dolls whenever you shop during a sale so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Plus, they often offer online promo codes or sales to save on shipping or where you add discounted outfits with a qualifying purchase.
Also, in year’s past the American Girl Store and online hosts a Black Friday Sale and 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
10.) Consider Buying Mini American Girl Dolls
If you have a little one who’s not quite ready for a full-size American Girl doll, consider buying a Mini doll set first. Walmart and Amazon often offer deep discounts on the 6″ or 6.5″ American Girls Collection Mini Dolls with Books for $12-$15 each and are regularly priced at $24.99. (Photo Credit)
11.) Subscribe to the American Girl Magazine
If you’re looking for a great gift idea for an American Girl fan but don’t want to spend a bundle on a doll, consider gifting an American Girl Magazine Subscription! Each issue includes games, craft ideas, recipes, puzzles, contests, advice, inspiration, and other fun activities and articles.
12.) Follow American Girl on Social Media
The American Girl brand is heavily active across all social media platforms, so be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest and greatest news. Plus, they often have giveaways and sweepstakes opportunities, such as this recent Facebook sweepstakes where you could enter to win a special collection of favorites just for commenting on their page.
13.) Sign Up for Discounted Classes & Events
If you’re looking for something fun to do with your American Girl fan, you can sign up for various classes and events directly on the American Girl site or for events that require reservations, you can call 877-247-5223. Also, Williams Sonoma has partnered with American Girl to offer fun events and cooking classes for a small fee. They even have American Girl bakeware available for purchase.
14.) Book Hotel Packages for a Free Doll Bed
Making a special trip to attend an American Girl event or visit a store? Whenever you book an American Girl package and stay at a partner hotel, you’ll get an American Girl Doll Bed to keep! Call the hotel directly to ask about special packages & rates for American Girl visitors. (Photo Credit)
15.) Take Note of American Girl’s 2-Year Satisfaction Guarantee
American Girl wants YOU to be happy. SO, if for ANY reason you aren’t happy with your American Girl purchase, they will try to find a way to make it right by offering either an exchange, merchandise credit or refund within TWO years of purchase. Shipping & processing fees are non-refundable.
16.) Sign Up for American Girl Sales on Zulily
In the past, American Girl has been featured for up to 35% off in a limited-time Zulily event. Be sure to go here and sign up to be notified of their next event. Also, be sure to follow Zulily on Instagram for contests, such as this previous American Girl $250 Shopping Spree Giveaway.
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.