This is a fabulous guest post from Erin at It All Matters Mom. I love her family tip! Great Advice. 🙂
When my husband and I went to the doctor to find out if our second child would be a boy or girl, I could hardly take the anticipation. I thought for sure it was going to be a boy.
With one little girl already, I was anxious to see what a boy would look like.
As the technician showed us our beautiful baby wiggling around, she gave us the news: “Looks like it’s a girl!”
To be honest, here were my first thoughts:
- “Not a boy? But I thought it was going to be a boy … but good, our daughter will have a sister. She’s perfect.”
And second …
- “We’ll save a lot of money since we won’t have to buy more clothes.”
I am serious.
That was actually my second thought on finding out the gender of our precious child — that I would save money on clothes!
Who thinks like that? Crazy penny pinchers like me, that’s who.
I love saving money and let me tell you, I have become a professional at dressing my two sweet girls for barely anything.
I do the bulk of my shopping at garage sales, online yard sales, end-of-season sales and with family.
Here is how we save money on children’s clothes:
Don’t turn up your nose at garage sales! This is probably where I do the bulk of my clothes shopping. I find brand new and barely used clothing and shoes all of the time at garage sales. Kids grow out of things so fast that lots of times they don’t have time to wear clothes out. They wear it a few times, then it’s too small.
That’s when I swoop in.
On average, I spend 50 cents per piece of clothing. 50 cents! Good luck finding that price anywhere else. Some sales will even have clothes for 10 cents. Typically, those clothes might have a few stains, but a good soak in some OxyClean at home and most of the stains are gone. And if it doesn’t come out, you’re only out 10-25 cents and it’s probably going to get stained anyway.
I try to not spend more than $1 on a really nice piece of clothing at a garage sale. Coats and dresses are typically more, but even those usually don’t end up costing more than a few dollars. It’s a huge savings.
Shoes are the same, especially for little feet. I’ll spend 25 cents to $2 on the shoes, but only that much if they’re in great condition. I have bought brand new shoes for 25 cents several times. When people want to get rid of things, they wheel and deal.
Don’t be afraid to ask if the person putting on the garage sale if they will take a lower price. Many times, I get the price down if I have a pile of clothes. You can’t barter at the department store. It is a great feeling to leave with a bag of nice clothes and know you only spent a few dollars on them.
Online yard sales
Where I live, on Facebook we have an online yard sale for our area. It’s a group where members can post items they are selling — hence, an online yard sale. Craigslist is another great, similar option.
I’ve found some great deals on here. When our oldest was needing some 2T clothes last year, I found someone getting rid of multiple tubs of clothes in her size. I went to her house, pored through the clothes, and made off like a bandit with so much stuff for 25 cents each!
If I need a specific item, the online yard sale is great since many people sell seasonal clothing knowing it will go quickly, such as Halloween costumes for kids.
(As always when meeting people, be sure to meet in a public place or make sure you know the person. Get full names and phone numbers, too. Safety is the No. 1 priority — not the deal.)
Most stores have end-of-season sales where the clothing is drastically reduced. This is the time to stock up for next year. I’ve bought boots, coats, shorts, you name it, all for less than $2 each at each of these sales. I don’t mind paying a couple dollars for something that’s brand new, especially since I know it will pull double-duty with my girls.
After the holidays, be sure to check the store racks for holiday-themed merchandise that’s marked down. After the Fourth of July, buy that red, white and blue skirt in the next size or two up. After Christmas, buy that little suit in a bigger size for next year.
It’s also a great time to buy gifts for friends and family that might be expecting babies. Be sure to check online to see if there are extra coupons or discounts you can use to reap even more savings at the checkout.
I am blessed to have a pretty awesome family, and I would be remiss if I didn’t include them on how we save money on clothes.
I have lots of nieces and nephews and we help each other out by borrowing tubs of clothes. (You know, the big plastic storage containers?) Just the other day, my sister-in-law sent me a text asking me to bring my 6-9 month tub since I would be seeing her that weekend. I love helping them out, and they do the same for me. It’s wonderful.
Besides the clothes swapping, I also have a mom and a mother-in-law that are deal hunters and they keep a steady stream of new and used clothing (using the same money-saving tactics) pouring into our house. They are phenomenal. Grandmas are pretty good at spoiling grandkids, and for that, I am truly thankful.
Whenever my mom buys me or one of my sisters-in-law something we think is cute, we get excited because we know eventually it will make its way to us.
If you don’t have close family or extended family to swap with, try swapping clothes with a friend who has kids. Ask around at a moms group, church or just a circle of friends to see if they’d be interested. Make sure it’s someone you trust that you know will return everything, and without destroying it.
Be realistic in knowing there is a chance for something to happen to it (stains, spills, rips, etc.) and be ready to show some grace if it does happen. It’s all part of having kids, right?
When I shop using the methods I listed above, I save hundreds of dollars every year. As an added tip, I use the money the girls get for birthdays and Christmas and put some of it towards clothes. That way I’m still using it as a gift, but we don’t see it coming out of our budget.
Kids’ clothing doesn’t have to be new.
It doesn’t have to be name brand.
It just need to keep them covered … and looking cute.
How do you save money when shopping for children’s clothing?
“Erin is a wife, stay-at-home mom to two spunky girls and a Christ follower. She writes about faith, homemaking, recipes and saving money, all sprinkled with a bit of humor.” Find Erin over at It All Matters Mom
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