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Over 20 Ways to Save on American Girl
Chances are if you stumbled upon this blog post, then it’s almost time to start holiday shopping, and you are on the hunt for deals, discounts, giveaways, and tips on how to save on official American Girl® brand dolls, clothing, furniture, and accessories. This page is regularly updated and we add everything you need to know about American Girl sales.
Before you do anything, you are going to want to bookmark this page, because we will be updating it as we get new information and run our first of many American Girl Doll giveaways that we have planned over the next few months. Usually we only do one over the holidays, but this year, you can expect to see a few more.
American Girl Special Offers, Coupons + Promo Codes
How to Save on American Girl All-Year Long
Tip #1: Have you heard about Ebates.com yet? Sign up immediately for additional American Girl savings using Ebates. Ebates is a free to sign up and is a shopping portal that gives you a percentage back on your online purchases. I have used Ebates since November 2015 and have received $3,699.68 in rebates. Ebates and online shopping go hand and hand, no gimmicks, just the same rebate type program we’ve had since you were a kid, just online now. The lowest check I’ve received from Ebates.com has been $180. Make sure to sign up for Ebates when shopping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
Tip #2: Click here to find out how to sign up for Zulily. It is one of our favorite websites for scoring great deals and up to 35% off on American Girl dolls, clothes and accessories. Membership is free and throughout the year, they will have big sales on American Girl Dolls. Once you’ve signed up, you can search for American Girl dolls and set an alert to find out the next time they have an event.
Tip #3: Have you subscribed to The JetSet Family newsletter yet? If not, just fill out your name and email and you’ll be the first to hear when we announce giveaways and promotional deals.
Tip #4: By signing up for the AG Rewards program you will earn rewards directly from American Girl to use towards future purchases and events. I can’t begin to tell you how much I wish this was made available a few years ago when we were at the height of our AG purchases! I cringe when I think of the amount of money I’ve handed over to American Girl, but thrilled they’ve finally rolled this loyalty program out! Until September 26th, you can get an extra 50% off* one select BeForever™ item when you buy one at full price. Just use discount code: BFBOGO at checkout.
Tip #6: We are a big fan of these official American Girl brand crafts and play sets as gifts sold at Target. Not only for Kiddo, but you can’t beat the price points and they make great birthday presents for friends. Click on the photo for more information. But don’t wait because these sets sell out FAST!
Tip #7: Gift Cards. Family and friends know the way to Kiddo’s heart is through AG. So we rely heavily on American Girl gift cards as well as Visa gift cards they send her throughout the year. Instead of using them one by one, we collect them and then buy what she was hoping for — signing the card from them so she knows. It really means a lot to her having her loved ones be a part of what she enjoys the most.
Tip #8: Divide and conquer. Throughout the year, keep in mind the best sales do happen during the Christmas holiday season. That’s when it’s best to take advantage by buying as much possible, then once the packages are delivered go through and decide which items Santa will bring and which ones will be saved for her upcoming birthday, Valentine’s Day, Easter basket, etc. I also keep one or two gifts hidden just incase something special comes up like an award or “just because” gift.
Tip #9: Our friends over at Williams-Sonoma have teamed up with American Girl Brand to bring you some of the best children-friendly culinary themed gifts. They also have hands on cooking and baking lessons on-site inside their professional kitchens, so be sure to check with your local store for dates and times.
Does American Girl Offer Free Shipping?
Tip #10: Yes, this does happen periodically throughout the year. Especially, before Thanksgiving – so take advantage! Remember how I mentioned American Girl will typically offer free shipping discounts twice during the holidays? That is a great time to take advantage if you are planning on buying bigger items like dolls and furniture and the Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride, dolls and accessories which are retired and no longer made available after December 31st.
American Girl Doll Giveaways
Tip #11: Where can I find American Girl giveaways? Are you following The JetSet Family on social media? Because I want to make your American Girl dreams come true and win a doll of your choice! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for your next chance to win. Our next giveaway will be running very soon, right in time to kick-off the holidays!
The TODAY Show: Jill’s Steals and Deals
Tip #12: (Updated 11/19/2016) It has been brought to our attention by JetSetFam reader Kayla G. that Jill’s Steals and Deals will no longer feature American Girl. Prior to this information, viewers would watch for this amazing segment where first quality AG dolls, clothes and accessories which are largely discounted. American Girl will usually announce it the morning of on Facebook as well. These are offers you can’t refuse. They happened a few times a year and one of my favorite deals happened to be two different style American Girl dolls with book, dress and accessory set. They were offering both Marie-Grace and Cecile for $60 each. Yes, regular price $168. Ah-maz-ing! To put this in perspective, just one doll with full accessories (not including an extra outfit,) is $129. Now that’s a steal and deal.
American Girl Black Friday and Cyber Monday Annual Sale
Tip #13: American Girl Black Friday Sale. For the first time, in 2015, American Girl offered a “Black Friday Weekend” where every product (including dolls) were 20% off the full price. Using the code: GIFT20 The website and stores also had a number of items on sale for 30% as well. Free shipping was not offered.
Tip #14: American Girl Cyber Monday Sale. We try our hardest not to buy American Girl stuff before the Cyber Monday Sale. Even though they will usually run a special Free Shipping promo around the week of Thanksgiving, you are still going to pay full price and that comes along with a hefty price tag. The Cyber Monday Sale is a great gauge to decide which dolls might be heading to the archives. This is how we had known Molly and Emily were about to be retired, but based on the Cyber Monday sale, so was Ivy! Fast forward a few months, Ivy returned to the archives.
When does the American Girl Cyber Monday sale begin? Get your refresh button ready because American Girl’s biggest sale of the year goes live at 1 am EST, midnight CST and 10 pm PST (Sunday night).
So is the American Girl Cyber Monday sale worth it? To give you an idea, we spent $146.00 on 11 items saving a grand total of $186. That breaks down to costing about $13.27 per outfit! Add on shipping $16.95 and $12.22 for tax, the total bill was $175.17 or $15.93 for each item which still is fantastic. This sale really does benefit those who are planning to buy a handful of items.
What American Girl dolls are on-sale during Cyber Monday? Only selected items are on sale during Cyber Monday; however have no fear, they typically run another free shipping promo about a week later. While you cannot beat the prices, Cyber Monday usually focuses on pieces from a few specific doll collections both current and past. It rarely includes the dolls themselves.
During the American Girl website had 22 pages of clothes, accessories, books, DVDs and mini dolls available for purchases of up to 60% off. It took a total of 1.5 hours to load, complete the transaction and check-out because of the amount of traffic. Be patient and you should be able to secure everything you want at a significant discount. We did.
The longer the sale went on, the easier it was to organize your shopping bag and check-out smoothly without timing out the server. Those concerned about the email confirmation, last year it took almost a day for me to get mine. GOOD LUCK!
American Girl December Deals
Tip #15: American Girl Deals: Will be updated daily once announced. Cyber Monday didn’t have what you hoped for? No worries, did you know that the day after the Cyber Monday event American Girl offers Daily Deals which change every day that week? And historically there has been free shipping! Yep. So you will have another opportunity to grab current merch that you’ve had your eye on for up to 50% off. These deals are also available in-store.
Most incredible deal so far? I’d say was Julie’s Bed. It was regularly $125. At the time, we scored it on a daily deal for $62.50 + NO SHIPPING!
Tip #16: In the past, American Girl has offered a year-end sale after Christmas with 30% off selected items, in-store only. Valid through December 31st.
Other Stores Offering Official American Girl Merchandise
Tip #17: So JetSet Family FB fan, Laurie Urbanski Hanson recently shared with us that $100 American Girl Gift cards are available at Costco for $80. “Not all the Costco’s have them so check out another if yours doesn’t have them.” And FB fan, Melisa Smithwick, told us Costco is also known to sell “doll packages” for $99 which includes the doll and clothing. In 2015, the previously archived, Caroline, was offered during Thanksgiving and in 2016, our local Costco offered a Samantha gift set, American Girl horse, and a few other pets at incredible prices.
I was just in Costco the other day and there were lots of
Tip #18: JetSet reader Jennifer J. just chimed in and let us know that a selection of American Girl WellieWishers are now available at Kohl’s! “You can’t use any coupons or promos but you do get the $10 Kohl’s cash.” Tenney Grant, is also available at Kohl’s. For those not familiar with the new line of WellieWishers, they are a group of five friends who try their best to be well-wishers, who show kindness to others.
Toys R Us
Tip #19: Toys R US carries the WellieWishers line, Mega Construx play sets, accessories, and even the American Girl 7-inch tablet.
Mega Bloks and Mega Construx American Girl Play Sets
Tip #20: My daughter loves these Lego-like play sets just as much as she loves her full size dolls! Each set is based on one of the official American Girl dolls and her story. Click on each one for more information. They even have ones for WellieWishers!
American Girl Complimentary Personal Shopping Service
Tip #21: The Best for Last! Personal Shoppers. We’ve been with the same American Girl Personal Shoppers for the last 6 years. I truly can say, the Personal Shopping team at the American Girl Flagship store here at The Grove in Los Angeles are considered part of our family now. They will not only help us in a pinch, but they are always available to answer questions, help us shop without the crowds, pull items and extend invitations to exclusive events that we would not normally be privy to.
Or when Julie’s Egg Chair was seriously back-ordered before the holidays, if they see one come in, they not knew to instantly call me, but reminded me that there is free shipping going on now. Yup, our American Girl Personal Shoppers have saved Christmas on many occasions. xo
Then… we needed Julie’s Bed. We had every intention of purchasing it, but a flash sale for Daily Deals struck and placed it on sale for 50% off! AND FREE SHIPPING. You guessed it, they sold out right away. I called our Personal Shopper frantically, and she was on it – she had one in the store! Two days later – FedEx shows up at my door with Julie’s bed and bedding.
They not only regularly save our Xmas, but last year when a friend couldn’t find Molly and Tot decided she desperately wanted Saige on December 31st FOUR hours before she was to be discontinued. She came through for both.
But my absolute favorite annual holiday shopping tradition is attending a very special private shopping event at our American Girl Place. They close the store early to the public (and children,) allowing grown ups to start Christmas shopping in private complete with personal shoppers. The event in complimentary, but it is invite-only, and a handful of us mix and mingle while we wander the store and shop in peace. It’s a really special night that I look forward to each year.
But make no mistake. That doesn’t mean that I don’t check out the online sales as well!
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