Seven Ways to Save on Kid’s Clothing

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Buying clothes for your children can be very expensive. Sometimes, as a parent, it does not make sense how a child’s clothes can be so costly when they use so little material! Also, they grow out of them so quickly, especially when they are infants.

But, there are some great ways that you can save money on your child’s clothing and still have them looking great.

Buy What They Need

When you have a child, it can be very tempting to buy every single cute outfit that you come across. However, this is very costly, and realistically, how often is your child going to wear what you have purchased? Your son might look adorable in a sailor outfit, but he may only wear it once or twice before he grows out of it.

If you have 3 daughters, then you can essentially get away with just buying things once. Unfortunately your youngest daughter will have to wear the hand-me-downs from her sisters. But sometimes we cannot do this, especially if they are not the same sex or if they are close in age. So if you do have to shop for clothes for your kids, make sure you only buy what they need. Wait until they are older and are not growing as quickly before you start making more expensive purchases on their clothes.

A very important thing to remember about buying clothes for your children is to look around and compare prices. Make sure that you are getting the best deal possible!

Hand Me Downs

Hand-me-downs are a great way for you to save money. If you have friends or family members with children that are older than yours, you can take hand-me-downs from them. You can then pass them on to other people who have children that are younger than yours once your kids grow out of the clothes.

It doesn’t matter that your daughter is wearing the same clothes that her older cousin wore. This is a very effective way for you to save money. It is also a great way for you to get the maximum amount of mileage out of the clothes.

Thrift Stores and Consignment Stores

Since children grow so quickly, a good money saving tip is to buy their clothes from thrift stores. There are a lot of great treasures to be found in thrift stores. Shops like Salvation Army and Goodwill have great clothes for children. Some of the items are next to new! You can sometimes even find very expensive and fashionable clothes there.

In addition to clothing, you will be able to find a great deal of child and baby equipment in consignment shops. Anyone who has shopped for any kind of baby related equipment will know how expensive this stuff can be. If you need a crib or furniture for your child, try a consignment shop to see how much money you will be able to save.

Clothing Exchanges

Clothing exchanges usually take place at your child’s school or at your local church. They are a great way for you to buy “new” clothing for your child for no more than just a few dollars.

You will be astonished at how much clothing there will be. You will see tables and tables of clothes that will all be sorted by gender and by size. Usually, the money that is made will go back to the place that is hosting the exchange, rather than to the people that offered the clothing.

In addition to clothing, you might be able to find great deals on sporting equipment, winter coats and other seasonal items. You can even look for clothing exchanges on the Internet, which make it even more convenient for you to save money.

Sell The Old Clothes

If you want to earn some extra dollars for your child’s old clothes, you can do so at a garage sale. This will help you get a little back for the clothes that you purchased for your child.

You can even sell them online. There are a lot of websites that offer places for you to advertise the items that you have.

End Of Season Sales

For children’s clothing (and even adult clothing), the end of season sales can bring in some big bargains. However, you have to be careful when buying items, as you don’t want to buy an entire wardrobe full of summer dresses for your daughter, only to find that by the following summer she has already out grown them.

It is a good idea to buy bigger sizes, especially if you are buying clothes that are out of season, this way they will actually fit your child when the appropriate season comes around.

But It’s Not Cool!

When your children are young, you can dress them up in almost anything, and they will wear it, because they do not have a say in the matter. However, as your children get older, they will eventually reach the age when their clothes are either “cool” or “not cool”.

There are a few ways that you can deal with this. You can sit them down and explain to them that “cool” does not work with your budget or you can allow them a certain number of “cool’ items as a compromise. In life, we often do not get what we want and it is important that your children grow up learning this lesson.

Your children do not have the right to request expensive and “cool” clothes just because all of their friends have them. Perhaps this would be a good opportunity for you to teach your children about financial responsibility. If they want certain clothes, you can offer to pay what is within your budget and they will have to come up with the rest of the money to buy them. This will teach your children about working for the things that they want, which is a great lesson for them to have in life.

No matter how much your child’s clothes cost, teach your children to take care of their clothing. This will benefit them later in life when they begin to own more things.

Timothy Ng lives, breathes, and sleeps personal finance! Check out his in-depth guide to doing a balance transfer where he answers everything you need to know to help reduce your debt.

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1 Richa Sudeep April 15, 2014 at 1:54 am

Great ways to save of kids wardrobe!! Very informative and its worth reading your post.
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