How do you save? 20 Tips for Saving Money on Kids Clothing

No matter who we are, we all like to save money or find deals on kids clothes.  They just grow out of them too-darned fast to splurge on everything all of the time.  Here are some ideas for shopping smart, exploring sales, and extending the life of kids clothes so you can save some money for more important things.

  • As much as splurging on your kids is fun, think twice before buying clothing they may not really need.
  • Put together a shopping list – only buy what your kids need.  If you cannot find the things you need, go home without it.
  • Consider shopping for kids’ basics – sleep wear, underwear, socks – at discount stores or stocking up on them when they go on sale.
  • Hold off on buying something until it goes on sale at the end of the season.
  • Buy classic styles – rather than trendy fads – that can be passed to down to younger kids.
  • Read labels.  Buy clothing that is made from easy-to-wash fabric.
  • Look for mix and match kids clothing items that can be swapped out throughout the week.
  • Look for clothes that will last – are they made from high-quality, durable fabric?
  • Check out thrift shops and rummage sales.
  • Shop for used clothing at childrens’ consignment and resale shops – there are more and more cropping up online.
  • Look for deals on e-Bay, Craig’s list, or your local classified ads.
  • Look for sales, clearances, close-outs, etc.  Use coupons if you can find them.
  • Try making kids clothing or re-purposing your clothing so it fits your kids.
  • Make minor clothing repairs yourself.  Mending holes, replacing buttons, and extending pant hems can all give clothing new life.
  • If you pay for kids clothes with a credit card, pay your bills on time to avoid fees.
  • Trade clothing items with friends & neighbors – kids clothing exchanges are all the rage.
  • Store out-grown clothing that can be handed down to younger children.  Use SizeTracker’s Grow-Into-Date Finder to figure out when your younger child will grow into them.
  • Buy children’s clothing items a size or two larger so they can wear them longer.  Be careful, though, shoes should be the correct size at all times to prevent problems for your child’s feet.
  • Shop for children’s back-to-school clothes when they go on sale in October.
  • Buy seasonal clothing (swimsuits, shorts & sandals in the summer; ski clothing in the winter) during season-end sales for the following year.  Use SizeTracker’s Clothing Size Crystal Ball to find the best sizes.

If you know of great ways or place to save money on kids clothes, please add them to the list.

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