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~~10 BRILLIANT TIPS TO SAVE MONEY ON KIDS CLOTHING~~
Saving money on kids clothing is not as difficult as you might think. Children’s clothing can really take a huge bite out of your budget. More so then your own wardrobe even if your clothing is more expensive. The reason being is that you are not going to outgrow your clothing any time soon and you take care of those investments.
On the other hand children grow like weeds, many times they will outgrow their clothing before they get your money’s worth out of them. And if they do not outgrow them, they wear them out pretty quickly.
Luckily there are many things you can do to save money on kids clothing. Let’s take a look at my top ten ways.
I love shopping clearance racks, I mean what could be better the buying brand new clothing for up to 90% off regular retail price. Department stores will put seasonal items on clearance year round to make room for the upcoming season and new arrivals.
Take advantage of those clearance items when you have the chance. Every time I walk into any store, I always check out the clearance aisles, racks and shelves. When searching, you may not find anything that fits your children right now but you need to think ahead.
If there are items at great prices that may only fit your child in six months, why not buy them when you can get them for cheap. Your children will keep growing no matter how much you don’t want them to.
Seek Out Clothing Swaps
Participating in clothing swaps in your area is a great way to save money on kids clothing. These are usually held in church basements or community buildings. You basically take your children’s outgrown clothing in and trade them in for clothing that they can where.
You can even make your own clothing swap group. Recruited a bunch of your mom friends and agree to gather every six months or so to swap out your children’s clothing. Everybody in the group can take turns hosting. Plus, it a great opportunity to get together with friends and talk mom shop.
Hit Up Consignment Shops
Seeking out clothing at consignment shops is a great way to save money on kids clothing. A lot of the time you can find great clothing that barely even looks like they have been worn; and even some with the tags still on them at cheap prices.
Don’t just limit yourself to shopping consignment, you can also check out thrift stores and garage sales. A lot of the time you can get a full trash bag of clothing for five dollars or less. They are usually separated into groups of sizes and are gender specific.
Buy Gender Neutral Clothing
If you plan on having more children, it’s a good idea to buy gender neutral clothing. This way, once your first child outgrows them you can store them away until you need those items for your second child and so on.
Those yellow, green and tan items could be match up with a cute pink headband or little blue bow tie if you want to add a gender specific look to the outfits.
You can also do this for nursery items which can really add up to a lot of money. Then all you need to do is just add a few gender specific accent colored items to personalize your nursery for each child as needed.
Take Advantage of Hand Me Downs
Embrace hand me downs from friends and family. I know some mom’s who are embarrassed or even insulted when someone offers them hand me downs. But that is just the wrong way to look at the offer. You are being offered the clothing because they are still in great shape. Plus the person offering would rather give those items to you then bring them to a thrift store.
I love getting hand me downs from my friends and family, it’s kind of like Christmas. Your children get a bunch of great clothing which makes them happy and you save money on you kids clothing. Plus, if there are items that are not you kid’s style you can offer them to another mom who could use them.
Re-purpose clothes that your child has outgrown or that may be a bit worn. If your child has some pants that are worn out at the knees, you can cut the legs down and make a pair of shorts out of them. You can do the same if they had a growth spurt and those pants are now a bit short for your child.
If you child’s toes are all bunched up in the feet of their pajamas, just cut the feet off and they could last another six months. Long sleeved shorts can be repurposed into short-sleeved ones with a bit of basic sewing skills.
Shop and Sell Online
A great way to save money on kids clothing and get great very gently worn clothing is to utilize online consignment shops such as Swap.com and ThredUp.com. These are two of the most popular online consignment shops. You can simply send in gently worn clothing that your children have outgrown and get store credit to purchase more clothing appropriate for you child.
Both Swap.com and ThredUp.com have strict rules about the clothing that they accept. They must be gently worn with no stains or flaws. Which is awesome because you know that the items you buy will be in great shape. And if you are going this route to sell you children’s clothing, only send them items that fit within their guidelines.
Skip Holiday Specific Clothing
I know, it’s so cute when Christmas rolls around; dressing your little girl in a red velvet dress or you little boy in a cute little suit with red or green bow ties and vests. This is a big waste of money. You will probably only get one use out of those holiday specific outfits because you know that they won’t fit next year.
You can still buy those special outfits for your little one and get more use out of them. Why not purchase an outfit that would be appropriate for other special occasions as well? For instance Easter or your little one’s first day of school.
Rent or borrow
Any time there is an occasion that requires a specific type of clothing for your child (or you for that matter), you should consider renting or borrowing those items. Your child may be asked to be a flower girl or ring bearer for a wedding. This can become quit a financial burden on anyone looking to save money.
If you buy that item for one specific occasion, it is probably going to be the only use you will get out of it. Then a few years later it’ll still be sitting in a closet collecting dust. Why not ask family and friends if they might have something that is appropriate that you can borrow? If not, then you can rent these types of items from a local bridal shop or online at places like RaineysCloset.com or TheBorrowedBoutique.com
Shop Overstock and Liquidation
I love overstock stores such as Marshalls and T J Maxx. Items that you purchase at these types of store are as good as what you would find at department store but are sold at a fraction of the cost. You can save a ton of money on clothing, shoes and accessories.
Another place that you can save money on kids clothes and find awesome deals is at liquidation stores. Many times these are items that may be a bit irregular but are sold at rock bottom prices. The only caution here is that you should inspect the items really well before purchasing them.
I have been shopping at a local liquidation store for quite a while. And I truly can’t figure out why some of the items are deemed irregular. I once found some great jeans for my daughters at a liquidation store that normally sell for close to $50 each and they cost me one dollar a piece!
It’s not that difficult to save money on kids clothing, or yours for that matter, is not very difficult to do. There are plenty of options out there to do just that. You just need to plan ahead and think outside the box a little bit.
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