Lessons from a Gilt-y Mom

I remember when it happened. It was 2007, and I had just had my second son. I was in the place that every woman who has just delivered a child finds herself in: I needed an entirely new wardrobe. I received an invitation from a friend to join this new site, Gilt Groupe. I logged in, perused, and purchased a dress at half the price. I was hooked.

Fast forward to 2012. I’m still logging into Gilt at 9am Pacific time every day (actually, if there is a sale I’m really eyeing, it’s 8:58am). For someone who has a potential shopping addiction (I don’t think I do, but my husband does!), Gilt was a dream come true. I’ve learned a few things along the way, and I wanted to share them with the other gilt-y moms out there (I know I’m not the only one).

1. When you purchase something for yourself, it’s always better to pick up something for the hubby as well (Ferrari coffee table books and Ted Baker sweaters do the trick). This halts all frustration at the spending because he’s happy that he got something too.

2. Indulging in clothes for your kids (and for yourself) that you would never purchase at full price makes you feel like a savvy mom (confidence boost!). I love spending money on the kids (Tea Collection!), but D&G jeans for $180? Never happening.

3. Download the mobile app. As a master multi-tasker, I love the idea of running on a treadmill and shopping at the same time.

Are you a Gilt-y mom? Embrace it! It’s the best type of mom to be.

Sarah Ollenburger is the writer behind Juggling in Heels, a lifestyle blog based in Orange County, Ca.  When Sarah is not writing her blog, she’s running after three children and trying to catch a quiet moment with her husband of 10 years.

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