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If you’re a parent then you know that kids require a new wardrobe basically every season. This can cause a huge strain on the budget if you’re not careful. So today I’m sharing with you some money-saving tips for how to dress your kids on a tight budget.
Thrift stores are great for finding inexpensive quality kids clothing, but you will need to follow a few rules: Make a list and only buy the best quality. You will be tempted by the racks and racks of cheap clothing, but if you want the clothes to last you will need to be picky about what you buy. I normally spend $1-2 per item at thrift stores.
-Check for stains and holes
-Ask the sales associates about sales
Consignment Stores & Sales
Doing a quick google search will probably be the best way to find consignment sales or stores in your area. These are GrEaT for finding quality clothes on the cheap. The prices will probably be higher than the thrift store, but they should be better organized with a larger more high quality selection to choose from. I normally spend $2-3 per item at consignment stores.
-Sell clothing your child has outgrown here to make money towards the clothes that they need.
-Ask the sales associate if they have a mailing list so you can be notified of upcoming sales/events.
E-bay & Craigslist
I haven’t had much luck buying clothes on Craigslist because the selection is usually pretty limited and I’m picky, but it’s worth it to check your area listings just in case! I have however, found some expensive name brand pieces on Ebay for AmAzInG prices. This is great for moms who don’t have the option to go around shopping at thrift stores all the time. I’ve found awesome prices on big pieces such as winter coats and ski bibs.
Garage sales are awesome for finding quality clothes at really cheap prices (think .25-$1 a piece!!), but you need to invest time and energy into finding the best sales, because a lot of the time (if you’re being picky!) you will walk away empty-handed. In this season of life I don’t have the time or extra arms it would require to haul my kids around every weekend trying to find the best sales, but I look forward to being able to do that in the future!
End of Season Sales
I’ve found that the best times to buy summer clothes are July/August and the best times to buy winter clothes are January/February. This is when the stores are clearing out their inventory to make room for the next season. To make this work you will need to look ahead and buy next years summer or winter wardrobe at the end of this summer or winter. Make sure you are on your favorite stores mailing lists so you can be notified of their end of season sales and can print any coupons that they might send. The best savings are when you match a sale with a coupon. Target, Kohl’s and Children’s Place are great for finding new clothes at a great price if you shop at the right times. When buying new clothes I try not to spend more than $5 per item, but it’s not uncommon to find things around $2-3 per item.
Another great way to get quality kids clothes for less is to shop at schoola.com where they offer up to 70% off retail prices. Plus, for every dollar you spend they will donate 40% back to schools. How awesome is that? This is a great option if you are looking for something specific or don’t have time to go out shopping. Check them out here or by clicking the banner below:
What’s your best money-saving tip for buying kids clothes?
I’d love to know!
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