6 Ways to Save on Kid’s Clothing

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You can spend a fortune on kid’s clothes if you’re not careful! It’s easy to go overboard when the outfits are so cute and who doesn’t want to give their child the very best? The thing is, unless you are extremely wealthy, there are probably much better ways to spend your cash than on clothes that your child will only wear for a year or two (if you’re lucky!).The good news is that your child can still look cute and fashionable without draining your wallet. Here are a few suggestions for getting the most for your money.

1. Remind yourself not to go go crazy buying clothes! Kids under age 8 or 9 generally only get one year’s wear out of each size. You can get by with 5 -7 bottoms and 10-14 tops per kid, per season without feeling like your child is wearing the same thing every day.

In fact, if your household is like a lot of other busy households, no matter how many outfits your child has, he or she will still wear the same four or five outfits over and over again right out of the clean clothes basket! Even if you can find clothes dirt cheap, it doesn’t make sense to clutter up your home with more clothes that your child needs at any time.

2. Buy quality where it counts, but remember there is a point of diminishing returns. Shoes and outwear are worn nearly every day, so it’s worth it to spend more for good quality. However, a $100 pair of kid shoes doesn’t make sense since there is no way to get a lifetime of use out of them, so go for the well constructed $50 pair (better yet, wait for them to go on sale!)

Some parents also stick to name brands so that they can sell their children’s outgrown clothing to fund buying the next season’s wardrobe.

3. You can save a lot by buying end of season clearance for next year, but buy with caution. While most kids will grow at predictable rates, you could have an outlier! It’s also easy to buy way too much and lose track of it and continue buying. Don’t think of how much you are saving, think of how much you are spending.

Shoes are particularly risky to buy ahead as it’s not a good idea to have your child wear a pair that doesn’t fit correctly. It’s not unheard of for children to wear the same size for 9 months, then in the span of a couple of weeks seem to skip ahead two sizes! If you do buy ahead, stick to things that can be worn year-round like sneakers instead of winter boots or summer sandals.

4. Tap into the local parenting grapevine to find out about all the can’t miss consignment sales, clothing swaps and rummage sales. Most of them allow volunteers to shop early at preview nights before the sale begins. Some sales have a reputation for being ritzy, others for having insane bargains so ask around to find the ones that suit your style and needs.

5. Thrift stores and online auctions can be hit or miss. For play-wear, you can often get new items on clearance for close to the same price at stores like Target and Children’s Place without having to poke around as much. Dress clothes are often a bargain second-hand and you can often find them in excellent condition as they aren’t worn much before being outgrown.

6. Learn to be a master of stain removal and minor sewing repairs. Often you can find the information you need just by doing a quick online search. The web is full of tutorials and advice on how to care for clothing so take advantage of it before throwing away clothing that still has some life left in it.

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