Kids grow like weeds and it seems like you have to buy new clothes every week because they outgrew something else. Mom’s all want their kids dressed in cute stuff especially now that they are back in school but for lots of moms money is definitely an issue and you find yourself stretching your budget until it is screaming at you. However you can dress your kids well without breaking the bank.
Saving Money on Kid’s Clothes
1. Pay no attention to the size
Sizes vary by brand and it’s easy to look at a tag and think “oh that won’t fit” when it probably will. Sizes are guides and not very good ones at that. For kids under 3 the differences can be huge, my kids have worn three different sizes of clothing all at the same time. You’ll also discover that when kids hit the toddlers stages, particularly girls the bodice will stay the same size but only the length changes as you go up sizes. I got into the habit of buying a size or two larger than I needed in dresses, as my girls grew the dress just got a bit shorter. Boys are a little harder to work with, since they don’t have the same variety and styles of clothing.
2. Buy a Season Ahead
Summer is over and all the summer clothes left in stores, they are practically giving away, so I stock up on things that are a couple of sizes bigger and put them away for the winter. For infants and toddlers this can be a bit hit or miss but as they age it’s a lot easier to stay ahead of the seasons.
3. Buy Used
With three daughters hand me downs are just a fact of like. I also like to scout out some consignment stores and used clothing sites for kids, it saves a ton of money especially when it is back to school. You need to do a fair bit of looking around but you will find some amazing deals. Look very closely at the clothing you are thinking of buying and make sure it is in the shape you need it to be in. Check buttons and zippers on jeans and coats.
4. Buy Clothing that Doesn’t Match
Matching outfits are cute but unless my kids are going to a wedding they don’t get them. Shirts that can match more than 1 pair of pants, leggings or skirts are what works. You have more room to create outfits and you can mix and match with everything. Solids and neutrals make this work. Clothing that can easily be mixed or matched is the safest bet, you never know when one half of a favorite outfit will end up destroyed.