How Do You Save on Kids’ Clothing?
It’s that time again! A change of season which, when you are the parent of a young child, you know means this:
The need to purchase clothes that fit!
I recall before my firstborn made her way into the world I went out and purchased a lot of newborn clothing. I was then told by several friends who had children before me that she would outgrow those clothes in weeks, if she wasn’t too big for them when she arrived. And she was. So those clothes didn’t get used.
I would then purchase clothes in her size and weeks later realize they no longer fit.
Her growth has, of course, settled down some, but we still have to change clothing every new season. And by the end of this winter, my daughter had grown so much that her jeans fit more like crop pants in the legs. The problem, of course, is that if I go now and buy her new jeans that fit, she will use them for a few weeks before warm weather rolls in and then, next season when it cools, they will be too small.
Clothing kids can be a huge expense. So to cut back on the cost, we do the following:
- Shop second hand. We have a great kid’s consignment store in town. The girls don’t know the difference, and I can buy jeans for $5-$7 instead of the whopping $15 and up per pair they cost at the mall. I also take in clothes we no longer use. When they sell, we get credit. Oftentimes we are basically ‘trading’ clothes. Rarely do we have to spend a lot at these stores.
- Use coupons. When I do buy new, we try to shop at stores that offer incentives. I love Sears for their rewards program and coupons. I used to shop Penney’s and stopped when they did away with coupons. However, the other day I received a $10 off of $50 so we are going to make a Penney’s run soon. I also love Old Navy and have signed up for their email alerts.
- Swap out. I have friends with children of all ages. We sometimes swap out clothes. An older child will pass down her clothes that no longer fit and we will then pass down clothes of ours that no longer fit.
- Recycle. Jeans too short? Make denim shorts or a skirt! Long sleeved shirt have a stain? Cut them off and make a short sleeved top for summer! In this way, their clothes at least last a little longer.
How do you save money on clothing for your kids?