Are your kiddos getting too big, too fast? Not only does it make you long for when they were babes in your arms, it also puts a cramp in your budget. Luckily, I can help you take the pressure off with these easy ways to save money on summer clothes.
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Seriously, these kids are 3, 5, and 9 and they are huge! They have insatiable appetites and, despite my best efforts to keep them little forever, they continue to grow.
That means that twice a year, every year, I am mounted with the humongous task of clothing them. This is no easy feat but I’ve developed some tricks over the years to keep costs low.
You can score some amazing deals at yard sales. It’s not all junk, either. With the pace at which kids grow, some of this stuff doesn’t even get worn. I’ve gotten brand new packs of socks for pennies or barely worn jeans for a buck. You simply can’t beat that.
Plus, chances are that your kids brand tastes are the same as all of the other kids. That means you’re finding the same awesome items at a fraction of the cost.
Unfortunately, yard sales are a lot more legwork for you. It can take multiple sales to find everything you need which means an entire day spent hunting. If you have little ones in tow, it can be even longer (and more difficult).
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Yep, I’m not above getting our clothes from thrift stores and you shouldn’t be either. One of my all-time favorite clothing brands is Banana Republic. Their stuff is always well-made, comfortable, and holds up through the years.
Guess what: I’ve scored multiple articles of Banana Republic clothing at Goodwill for less than what you’d pay for Target clothes! Plus, thrift stores regularly run sales on seasonal items meaning you can get summer clothes at even deeper discounts.
You need to know your brands. Some brands hold up much better than others, especially when it comes to rough and tough kids. Buying a shirt for a dollar doesn’t save much when it falls apart after the first wear.
Speaking of Target, their clearance racks are an awesome way to score brand new clothing at rock bottom prices. Their in-house brands are fantastic and you can easily get your kids everything they need. If buying used freaks you out (even though it totally shouldn’t), this is a nice budget-friendly option.
If your child wears a popular size, it might be more difficult to find on clearance. While paying full price is still cheaper than department stores, it isn’t going to help you with that bottom budget line.
This is my new best friend when it comes to clothing shopping. Trust me, once you try them, you will be in love too.
Swap is an online consignment shop that has thousands of options. You can sort items by size, price, condition, and more making it easy to find what you need.
The prices are incredible and you can get everything on your list without even leaving home. Plus, if you spend $60 or more, you get free shipping.
You can’t try on the clothes before you buy. Luckily, they have an awesome return policy but it can still be frustrating to have an item that doesn’t fit especially if you loved it.
Now you can keep your kids clothed and stick to your budget with these easy ways to save money on summer clothes. Last winter, I got everything the kids needed for the season for around $75.00 and that’s for 3 kids!
I didn’t have to load everyone up, get in the car, and go shopping. I sat on my couch and ordered everything from Swap. It came straight to my door. Score!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.