They say children grow up so fast. With that growth comes things you have to keep up with. Some of those are new clothes, socks, and shoes.
If you’re wondering how to save money on baby and kids’ clothes, then you’re in luck. In this post, I’ll share some of the things I do at home to help me save money on baby and kids’ clothes.
Getting new things for your kids doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s possible to buy nice clothes for them without spending a lot of money.
With that said, let’s jump right into the list!
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How to save money on baby and kids’ clothes
Buy Clothes only when they’re on sale
One way to save money on baby and kids’ clothes is to wait for items to go on sale before purchasing. I learned this strategy from my very frugal mom.
My mom would often put items on layaway when she could. Other times, she would find out when certain items were going on sale, then head to the store to buy them at that time.
By buying clothes your kids need when they’re on sale, you will save a lot of money. Although I must caution you to avoid impulse buying.
Many people fall into the trap of buying unnecessary things just because they’re on sale. Stay focused on only the clothes your kids.
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Buy used clothes
Another way to save money on kids’ and baby clothes is to buy them used. If you head over to your local Goodwill or thrift store, I’m sure you’ll find lots of kids’ clothes for cheap.
Since children outgrow their clothes so quickly, you’ll probably find some in very good condition.
Facebook marketplace is also another place to search for used baby clothes. Most parents sell baby clothes in bundles, so you may get clothes for different age ranges.
A stay-at-home mom I spoke to had this suggestion:
“Near me there’s a store called Once Upon a Child. It’s a store with nothing but kids stuff, you can “sell” your stuff for store credit and the stuff is good quality, often name brand for prices ranging from $1-$10 on clothing. They often have sales and such too.
This could be a great option for those who have this store in their area.
Hand me downs
You can’t go wrong with hand-me-downs. They’re a great way to save money on baby and kids’ clothes.
When my first child was born, I saved almost all his clothes for our future kids. His sibling got to enjoy his barely used clothes, and I got to save a lot of money.
We also got hand-me-downs from family members and friends, which helped us avoid getting new clothes for their first 3 years of life.
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Learn to sew
Wouldn’t it be cool to sew some of your kid’s clothes? It’s something you’ll always be proud of. It’s one of the best ways to save money on baby and kids’ clothes.
We grew up very poor in Nigeria. I remember my mother making my dresses, skirts, and even a backpack when I was younger. She sewed most of my brother’s pants too.
Learning to sew was her way of saving money so she could provide for us.
I’ve been learning to sew myself. I’ve taken several online and in-person sewing classes that have helped sharpen my skills.
If making your own clothes is something you’re interested in, then I suggest signing up for Skillshare today. You can start learning with a free trial.
Skillshare has several sewing classes taught by industry professionals. Their tutorials are simple to follow.
My favorite classes are how to sew baby overalls, and how to sew baby pants. But there are so many options to choose from. They have classes for any skill out there you want to learn. Check it out today.
Use local buy nothing group
If you don’t have the passion to learn to sew, then another suggestion is to join your local Buy-nothing group on Facebook. This is how I get a lot of my children’s clothes.
The Buy-nothing project was started around the world as a way to stop clothing waste. It’s a place where people can give away items they no longer need, and ask for things they need before they buy them in stores.
About 13 million tons of textiles a year end up in landfills. At that rate, it’ll take almost 200 years for them to decompose. Most clothes that are put in donation bins for recycling or donation actually end up in landfills as well (source).
So check out your local buy-nothing group on Facebook to see what baby and kids’ clothing is being given away. You will save a lot of money this way.
Use coupons and store rewards to shop
If you’re into couponing, it could be a great way to save money on kids’ and baby clothes. Another thing you can do is wait until you have enough store rewards points to go shopping.
I know Kohl’s has “kohl’s cash” that you can use towards a purchase. Most department stores have a points system that you can take advantage of as well.
Use a rewards credit card that gives points on everyday purchase
Using a rewards credit card is another way you can save money on things like baby clothes. The key is to use a credit card that gives you points on everyday purchases. So things like clothes and food shopping would qualify.
You won’t be able to redeem these points for money directly, but you could use the points towards travel and hotels. You’ll still be getting something for free using this system, even if it’s not a direct saving on clothes.
Ask for new clothes as a gift on holidays and birthdays
One thing I like to do during the holidays and on birthdays is to let family members know what the kids really need. I usually request practical items like clothing and shoes.
I save a lot of money on kids’ clothes this way. It’s okay if they want to add to that by getting toys and games, but at least they’d know my preference.
I find that whenever I forget to tell them, my kids end up with toys they don’t play with that I have to donate later. It’s better when people know what you need rather than guessing.
Ask the grandparents to get your kids new clothes
We all know that grandparents like to spoil their grandkids. I let the grandparents know when the kids need new clothes all the time. So that whenever they go to the store, they can pick up something in the kid’s sizes.
It’s not selfish to ask for help when you need it. I’m lucky to have inlaws that are always willing to help out with the grandkids however they can. So I’m not shy about asking for help.
Try a seasonal consignment sale
One stay-at-home mom I spoke to suggested this tip.
She said “Try a seasonal consignment sale. They happen twice a year. It’s a great way to save money on kids’ and baby clothes. You can sell your old stuff too. They’re awesome! The best tip I have is to volunteer to work a shift or two as a helper so you can earn a pass to shop before the public arrives”
Check out consignment mommies to find a seasonal consignment sale near you.
Flea markets are a fun place to visit for many reasons. One of those is that you can find cheap clothes on sale.
People usually store a bunch of their baby and kids’ clothes specifically to be sold at flea markets. So why not find a local flea market happening in your area, and see what clothing you can buy?
Buy clothes that are one size bigger
We all know that kids grow up way too fast. So instead of buying clothes that are just the right size, consider getting one size up. This way, they’ll be able to grow into it without you shelling out more money for new clothes.
You can get away with this method easily with a baby. When it comes to toddlers and older kids though, consider getting only their shirts one size up. People will notice pants that are too big on a kid, but no one will care that a shirt is a little big on them.
Get gender-neutral clothes
This tip is specifically for those who want to save money on baby clothes. I like minimalist neutral-colored clothing. This is because you can put them on a girl or boy.
I bought mostly gender-neutral clothing for my first child. I was able to save all those clothes for my second child, so we really didn’t spend money on clothes for him.
Clothing your children don’t have to break the bank. There are so many places that sell used baby and kids’ clothes. Which one of the items listed above do you plan on trying today? Let me know below.
How else do you save money on baby and kids’ clothes? Comment below to let me know.
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