Six Ways to Save Money on your Child’s Clothing

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!

When and What to Buy Wholesale for Baby

Baby items can be so very expensive. Sometimes buying wholesale baby items can save you some money. However, not all wholesale items will give you the biggest bang for your buck. It is important to know which items will actually save you money when bought wholesale.

Diapers
Diapers are one of the most expensive baby items and they are something that you absolutely have to have. At stores you will be paying $20.00 or more for a single bag of diapers. Keep this in mind when looking at wholesale retailers. For example, if your brand costs $25.00 in the store and a wholesale box of 10 packs costs $250.00, you are not saving any money. However, if this pack costs only $200.00, you just saved $50.00 buying your diapers wholesale.

Baby Food
Baby food is another pricey item that you really cannot go without. At a buck or more per jar, this cost can really add up. You want to find a wholesale baby items retailer that sells these in bulk at a rate where each jar is at least $0.25 less than you pay in the store. So, for every four jars, you are saving a dollar. If you can find an even better price, that is even better. Make sure you can trust the source because this is food. Stores are generally trustworthy, but if you buy online do your research first.

Clothing
Things like onesies and socks are things your baby will grow out of quickly so you do not want to spend a lot of money on these, but you still want quality. Look at wholesale retailers for onesies in packs of at least five, but 10 if you can find them, and socks in packs of 10 or more. Compare prices with single ones to determine if the wholesale package is actually saving you money.

Other Items
Things like bottles, pacifiers, baby shampoo and baby laundry detergent can all get pricey so you want to look at wholesale prices. Look at how much you spend for a single bottle, pacifier, baby shampoo and baby laundry detergent and compare this to a wholesale package. The ones in the wholesale package should be at least 25 percent cheaper per unit.

Buying Fall Clothes for Kids

As temperatures cool and the holidays approach, it is time to think about warmer kids’ clothing that is also fun and fashionable. No matter what your budget is, you should be able to find clothes that look great on the little ones and keep them safe and warm. Here are a few tips for what to buy and places you should go to shop.

Costumes

Almost all kids love to wear costumes and not just on Halloween. Some kids’ costumes double as wardrobe additions. Examples of this include super hero T-shirts, unique onesies for infants, such as bumblebee, animal print and super hero onesies, and even super hero capes. You will find these at many stores, including many that also sell Adult Halloween Costumes. Check out these places, including online stores, for great deals right after Halloween.

Formal Clothing

The Holidays mean photo opportunities for many families. This is the time to consider purchasing holiday dresses and suits for the little ones. The standard boys’ grey suit with a tie is a good classic look. This season, the debonair look is strong for men – add some nice suspenders to your little boy’s formal outfit to give him this debonair touch.

Little girls’ dresses are easy to find. Trendy colors for this fall include burgundy, maroon, green, light pink and cobalt blue.

Shop online first to find the best deals. Have your kids’ clothing size handy. For further savings, check out local discount and second hand stores. You can often find new or like-new clothing at very reasonable prices.

Outerwear

Kids’ outerwear is especially fun this season. You can keep his or her head warm with an animal hat – chances are that if your child is school aged, he or she has already approached you with a favorite hat in mind. These hats are available in many stores online and offline and they come in several styles, colors and materials. Choose from pandas, cats, tigers, penguins, sock monkeys, cartoon figures and many more. Some hats have a scarf included. If not, choose a warm scarf that matches the color scheme of the hat.

Visit outlet stores for kids’ winter coats and boots. A waterproof coat with thermal lining is best for day-to-day use – choose one that matches the child’s hat and gloves. Occasions that are more formal may call for a nice woolen pea coat in black or tan.

Colorful rain boots are still very trendy for girls right now. You can find them in several colors and designs. Choose a solid color for more versatility if you believe your child will wear the boots often.

Casual Wear

Kids wear casual clothes more than any other outfits; with this in mind, make sure clothing is made to handle a lot of activity. Check clothing seams and zippers for quality before buying, when you can.

Denim jeans and corduroys are a casual clothing staple for cooler weather. Do not resign the list to plain blue jeans and pants, however. Denim with patterns and embellishment is still trending now for girls. Whatever you find, make it fun for them to wear, as well as warm and practical.

 

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Trendiest Clothing in Asia

Girls walking

I love browsing Japanese fashion magazines. I am enticed by their street fashion that is most often seen in the streets of Tokyo. I think Japan has the trendiest line of clothing in Asia. They come up with very distinct fashion by mixing and matching different styles and genres of both local and foreign brands just like these two Shibuya girls in the picture. They mix and match skirts, blazers and boots resulting to a simple yet more stylish look.