Anyone who has been around children can see they grow quickly. Infants outgrow clothes every few months and kids usually outgrow their wardrobe once a year as they get older. Children’s clothing can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you are creative and passionate about saving money then you will appreciate these four strategies to help your family save money on kids clothes.
Nothing beats free. Buy gender-neutral clothing for your infant to be passed down. If you have multiple kids of the same gender, pass down clothing from one kid to the next. Hand-me-downs save money because you are only purchasing clothing for each gender one time. Gender neutral pajama pants, tennis shoes, and jackets can be shared between kids. Also, if you know someone who has a child a year or two older than yours, ask them if you can purchase or have their hand-me-downs. More than likely, they are trying to free up space and need to get rid of outgrown clothes.
Shop Garage Sales
There are some great deals to be found at garage sales, but you have to be willing to spend some time searching through piles and actually finding sales that are selling children’s clothing. Some companies, like Southern Tots, know that many times you will come across children’s clothing in great condition for less than a dollar per item. When you find something that your child can wear, snatch it up and buy it because you most likely won’t be able to find this type of deal anywhere else.
Shop Consignment and Thrift Stores
Consignment stores and thrift stores are another great place to find gently-used children’s clothes for less than brand new attire. Stores such as Kid to Kid will buy back gently-used clothing and offer cash or store credit. Oftentimes, these stores have loyalty cards or programs to save additional money on your purchase. Make sure to check if the store is on social media to find out about special sales. Another frugal consignment option is Thredup, an online consignment shop that buys and sells clothing.
Shop Sales and Use Coupons
Last but not least, score great discounts by shopping clearance or sale items. Use coupons or money saving sites like Ebates to find good deals and earn money back on your purchases. When you sign up with Ebates you’ll earn $10 cash back.Shop a season in advance and store the clothing in tubs so you never pay full price for brand new clothes. For example, if summer is ending, buy summer clearance items for next year. Look for items like bathing suits, sandals, or hats since oftentimes they will be marked down fifty percent or more off the original price.
Although brand new clothing can be expensive, there are many ways to save the family on kid’s clothes. Use creativity and perseverance to search out amazing deals to save your family money on kids clothes .
This is a guest post: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her onTwitter and Facebook
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