Buying Clothes at End of Season for the Next Year: Do You?

Friday, July 6th, 2012 by from Thrifty Mom's Two Cents

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Unbelievably, I have started to see end of the summer sales on clothes already! It’s barely warming up here in the south after a few months of rainy, cooler summer weather (no complaints, but still, it doesn’t seem like summer has truly started yet). Already the stores here are rolling out the winter/back to school clothes and putting summer clothes out on the clearance racks. Clearance? Already?

The first thing I think when I see this: We’ve barely even gotten to the fireworks yet!

The second thought: Maybe this year I should start thinking about buying out of season clothes in preparation for NEXT year.

I have never been one of those shoppers who can do this. I’m in awe of one of my friends. At the end of each season she has her husband watch the kids for an entire day and she hits outlet stores, like Gap and Children’s Place. She racks up a large variety of end of season clothes, purchasing the size she feels her children will need the next season, and then she tucks them away in large plastic boxes. A year later, she opens the box and has an entirely new wardrobe of clothes for her kids that she got at seventy percent or so off!

And every time I watch her do this, I say, “I’m going to do that this year!”

But I never have.

Which makes me feel a bit inadequate and overwhelmed, if I must be honest. I barely know what we will wear tomorrow, much less nine months from now.  

Each end of the season I think I’m going to be prepared, get organized and go shopping. I figure I can at least think ahead enough to pick up a few new swimsuits for the girls, several pairs of shorts, and some nice tops at the end of summer, so once winter blows away and it starts to warm again I don’t have to buy a new season’s clothes when they are at their highest prices.

This year it is my goal: go out, cruise the racks, and get a few clothes for the girls for next year. I’m writing it on my calendar, and I’m going to do it. I’m pretty sure, anyway.

I thought it would be fun to hear whether or not our readers shop end of the season sales to stock up on clothes for the following year. If you do, have you found it a great way to save money on clothes? And if you don’t, why not?

What do you think? Buying Clothes at End of Season for the Next Year: Do You?

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Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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  1. Avatar of Angela Angela says:

    If I can buy it at a discount, why not?? Who doesn’t love a good deal??

  2. Avatar of Darlene Darlene says:

    I have been buying clothes at the end of the season for about 15 years now for my two sons. Now I have a grandson I will buy for him. Finding clothes at a good price makes me feel so happy. It is like a game to me. Good luck on shopping.

  3. Avatar of rosalie rosalie says:

    yeah i do it! i loved buying clothes at the end of the season coz their cheaper. I saved money for doing that.

  4. Avatar of lawmaria lawmaria says:

    i do, u get great prices

  5. I’m not as dedicated as some parents. But I ALWAYS check the clearance rack when I’m at the store. I purchased a pair of jeans and a turtle neck shirt for $1 each, for this winter when my son will be in 12m. I don’t buy entire wardrobes, but a few pieces do help. I never pay full price for shoes. Our 4 year old LOVES cars and toy story. Whenever Cars 2 came out, you could buy a ton of Cars 1 shoes and clothes for a fraction of the price. He doesn’t care, he doesn’t know if this it ‘Old mater’ or ‘New mater’. It’s all the same to him.

  6. Avatar of Holly Holly says:

    What a great idea! I will have to remember to start doing this!

  7. Avatar of tonjatjmom tonjatjmom says:

    Yes I do! It’s the only time to buy. I have bought all my grandsons clothes, and he is not due til December. I got Carter outfits 4and5 piece sets for six bucks! Oh yea. Preplan your buting.. U save a bundle!

  8. Avatar of heather heather says:

    I do it all the time though it’s harder to buy for my 11yr old as her weight is up and down but I do it for the other 3. I don’t buy all their next year clothing though as I do like to get some current collections too.

  9. I did just this last week. Dillards had clearance with an extra 30% off for credit card holders. I spent just over $100 and saved almost $300. I couldn’t afford to buy the things we got any other way!

  10. Avatar of kelly kelly says:

    i usually don’t but that is because my mother in law always seems to do that for me. she is constantly bring me clothes for the kids in increased sizes for when they grow in them.

  11. Avatar of Mindi Mindi says:

    I have never been one to plan ahead, but when it comes to kids clothes then I am ll for saving the money! My favorite are places like Crazy 8 and Gymboree. If you sign up on their website for emails, they will sporadically have "box sales" where they bring out last seasons clothes. The most expensive thing I ever bought was 6 bucks and it was a super nice winter jacket! I will spend 40 bucks and have a variety of options and a full wardrobe for next season! I love it! More than worth it to stock up!

  12. Avatar of reneap reneap says:

    I totally do this!! Kids don’t change that much from year to year and it helps alot. End of season sales are often even cheaper than thrift stores or second hand childrens clothing boutiques. It saves so much money, as a mom to boys it is even easier to do because if they are a little big on them next season its ok. But I so do this for my daughter too. By doing this my kids are always well dressed and always have plenty of clothes for any season. And I always have some extra cash if i need anything else for them that way.

  13. Avatar of Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I used to hit garage sales, but have moved to a place where they are harder to come across. Now I do clearance at stores as well as consignment. BUT, I live in Florida and so buy LOTS of summery clothes and a few "winter" clothes…the kids can wear shorts and t shirts most of the year. So we don’t really need a summer and winter wardrobe, which makes it easier. But I do buy ahead – for my 6 year old and 1 year old.

  14. Avatar of MommaTo_4 MommaTo_4 says:

    oops – typos lol. *Their $68 dresses, * Grow like weeds

  15. Avatar of Nicole Nicole says:

    I think it depends on the child. Lots of kids don’t care how they are dressed and some do. The ones that do could change their taste by the next season (it happens) and you are screwed. I think it’s fine for basics but anything fashionable is going to have to wait until the picky dresser can look through the style mags first.

  16. Avatar of MommaTo_4 MommaTo_4 says:

    I do this! I love it. My kids get a full wardrobe of new stuff for the next summer for often time $1 an item still new with tags. Childrens Place did their end of Summer Sale last year and had brightly colored chorderoys for $2.88 a pair. I picked up some of them and they $68 dresses were only $8 so each of my girls got a new formal dress as well. As a mom of 4, family of 6 and the way these kids grow like weeks, it is a GREAT opportunity for our family to be able to get brand new dubs at a fraction of the cost. my 5 year old is just a size smaller than my 8 year old too, so everything tends to still be in style and great condition by time it ends up getting passed down. I normally set the spending limit to about $120 as to not go over board but I am truly an advocate for hitting these end of season sales and look fwd to them :)

  17. Avatar of rchris rchris says:

    I have always shopped like this, for myself and now for my baby. He’s only 4 months and we already have some 12 months that we found at a great sell. Currently he’s about two sizes ahead of his age, so that is how I am anticipating his sizes.

  18. Avatar of Leslie Leslie says:

    nope. I get clothes for free or I go to yard sales.

  19. Avatar of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    I always shop like that. Imagine, you could go to the outlet and get $3, $5 and even less for brand new items! It is totally worth it.

  20. Avatar of shani4595 shani4595 says:

    Uh come to Texas, we got some horrible hunerd degree weather. The summer sales ate ending because school is for Weeks away from starting. They won’t put stuff on there last minute duh.

  21. Avatar of Danielle Danielle says:

    I shop garage sales, consignment and goodwill. I can’t pay full price for too much stuff. If I did that, she would only have a few outfits at a time.

  22. Avatar of Amber Amber says:

    I always shop like that. Kids grow so fast that it is almost a waste of money to buy something that is full price. I hit the sale racks as much as possible. We also have a clothing swap with friends that all have children around the same age. Its a great way to save money :)

  23. Avatar of TotallyMel TotallyMel says:

    I love to bargain shop! But retail does seem to rush our year by so fast. I dont have room to hoard anything for. Next season so i try to find soething that i can layer throughout the year

  24. I always shop the clearance racks! There always some good finds. I also go to places like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s to get last season’s clothes cheaper.

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