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“I just bought you clothes!”
Does that sound familiar? Kids grow faster than our pockets can keep up. And I am always looking for ways to save money on clothes, especially my daughter’s clothing.
There are not many instances where you need to buy your child’s clothing full price. A majority of the time, you can find great quality clothing for a price that won’t break the bank.
Keep reading to find out my favorite ways to save money on clothes.
Purchase off-season clothing
My best advice would be to shop on the off-season. You can get some really good deals on off-season clothing buy purchasing a size up. For example, if my daughter is in 12 months now and it’s March, I’ll buy 2T Winter clothing from the racks dedicated to making room for the Spring inventory. Just store it in a tote and pull it out when you’re ready for it.
Pro-tip: If it’s Spring/Summer, buy for Winter/Fall.
Combine store coupons with sales to save money on clothes
This app has saved me hundreds of dollars. I usually save the most money at JCPenney. They frequently have coupons like an EXTRA 15% off, 25% Off with email sign up (online only), and many more.
It may be one extra step but when you can potentially save a percentage or dollar amount off your purchase ON TO OFF the sales you shopped from – it becomes worth it.
I am not an affiliate of RetailMeNot, I just truly love the money this app saves me constantly.
Shop consignment sales
Consider shopping at consignment stores or sales. Consignment sales/stores like OnceUponAChild tend to have great deals on great clothing. I would only suggest that you take a close look at the quality of the clothing as you have a higher chance of paying a low price for a low quality of clothing (which will cost you more money in the end because you have to now pay to replace a piece of clothing that didn’t last through the wash).
My community has a great consignment sale that I shop (and volunteer) at every year. The sale is called Whale Of A Sale and they feature about 700 sellers and over 100,000 items!
Whale of a Sale is a semi-annual upscale kids consignment event that features clothing, toys, furniture, maternity, boutique and vendor products. Pricing starts at $3 so you can get a lot out of the sale on even the smallest budget. And the best part? They are so very diligent to ensure each item or clothing piece is inspected for its quality!
While this is local to my community – consider searching within or around yours for something similar!
Pass down clothing from older siblings
This tip only works if you have other children close in age and the same gender. It pretty much speaks for itself though. Each time your child grows out of a clothing size, take inventory of what is still in good/great condition and separate that from the clothing that has seen better days. Any clothing that is still in great condition I would wash, iron, and put away for when your next child is ready for that size.
Create a mom swap
This isn’t something I have personally tried because I don’t have friends/family with children or children close to the same age as mine but it sounds like potential!
I think the stars have to align for this to work for everyone involved.
If you have a group of friends that all have kids that are the same gender, consider swapping clothes with them.
Mom 1: 2-year-old daughter
Mom 2: 4-year-old daughter and is pregnant with a girl
Mom 1 would give Mom 2 her infant clothes for her new baby and Mom 2 would reciprocate by giving Mom 1 her 4 year old’s smaller sizes.
Does that make sense?
As I said, the stars reaaaallly have to align here but if you are lucky enough to have some sort of set up like this, I encourage you to go for it!
Treat shopping like a grocery shopping trip: have a plan!
This is where having a plan works for you! Treat shopping for clothes the same way you would if you were grocery shopping. Keep an inventory of what your kid has and has grown out of so that when you go shopping, you walk into the store, you know exactly what you need and the sizes to get. This will avoid impulse buying.
To save money on clothes, you have to be aware.
Shop clearance first
I feel like this goes without saying but shop clearance first.
Pro Tip: If you’re shopping online always filter Price: Low to High. This way you’re not tempted by the most expensive items first.
Shop generic store brands
Consider the store brands! Especially Walmart’s brand called Garanimals. They run big (very big on my daughter: small frame) but the clothes are well made and they can easily last a few siblings. I also LOVE the JCPenney Okie Dokie brand. Amazing quality and great prices – the clothes seem to always be on sale and JCPenney usually always has coupons available via the RetailMeNot App. Download it yet?
Although we love to watch our children grow, we don’t like to spend hundreds on clothes every couple of months. Saving money on your kids’ clothes is that much easier with these pro tips.
How do you save money on clothes? Let me know in the comments below!
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