Growth spurts, back-to-school season, and special occasions can mean that it seems like you’re constantly in need of new clothing for your children. Even with sales and hand-me-downs, the cost can really add up over time, particularly if you have more than one child! Get creative and make sure your kid is always well-dressed without spending a fortune, by following these handy tips.
1. Plan ahead for big sales.
If you want to get the best deals on seasonal clothing, you’ll have to purchase these items at the end of the season. Stores start to close out on cardigans and jackets when the weather starts to warm up, or put bathing suits and sundresses on clearance when the first signs of winter are approaching. However, you usually have a month or two of great deals before you really need to switch seasonal wardrobes so this is a good time to make a purchase. Another option is to buy new clothing a year in advance, with clothes to grow into. In any case, always look at the clearance rack first for seasonal savings.
2. Arrange a clothing swap with friends.
Are you friends with other moms? Most of them are probably in the same boat and can use some new clothing as well! Why not try to arrange a clothing swap with outgrown children’s clothing? If every friend brings about 10 items in good condition, you’ll end up with a whole new wardrobe without spending a penny and have good fun at the same time.
3. Buy your clothes gently used.
It can be intimidating to wander into a charity shop, but you can find some really great deals on kid’s clothing. Because children grow so quickly, many of their items are often worn only a few times before they are tossed aside. Charity shops, consignment stores, and online auction sites are all good places to start your search. Be sure to wash garments thoroughly on a high heat setting.
4. Sell old clothing online to fund a new wardrobe.
Are you looking for spare cash to fund that back-to-school shopping spree? Think about converting your child’s old clothing into cash! You could opt to hold a garage sale, but you’ll probably make more money by selling clothing online. EBay is always a popular option, but localized sites like Quicksales don’t have any seller fees so you can keep all of the profits.
5. Collect online coupon codes.
Have you made any online purchases in the past? Chances are that your email inbox is filled up with promotional codes and coupons, in that case. They may even be sent to you via text message. Rather than automatically sending them to the spam folder, hold onto these discount codes if you’re planning a big shop.
6. Choose pieces to mix and match.
You’ll get more mileage out of your kids clothing by choosing a simple colour palette and buying separates that can be mixed and matched. Light layers can be worn in the summer and winter alike, so you won’t have to purchase all-new clothing for each season.
By taking the time to plan your child’s wardrobe and looking for discounts along the way, you can stretch your budget and get more for your money!