Kids’ clothing is incredibly expensive, which feels incredibly unfair when you are a parent. After all, kids are really choosy with their clothes. Not only that, but kids grow so fast. They almost outgrow their new clothing within a year. In a fair world, designers and retailers would see that lowering the cost of children’s clothing would still result in a profit – given how much clothing parents have to buy. But who said life was fair?
So what’s a parent on a budget to do?
Making your kids clothing yourself is a fantastic way to ensure your kids stay properly clothed (and adorably so) without having to pay retail prices. Fabric costs less on average than an outfit, especially when you take advantage of deals and specials . What’s more, a few yards of fabric is often enough to make several different items. Talk about savings!
Stock up during sales – a great time to go nuts and “over buy” on things that you know your kids are going to need: socks, underwear, plain t-shirts, etc. There are sales happening all the time, but the best ones to take advantage of happen quarterly: back to school, winter holiday, Memorial Day and Black Friday. These sales coincide nicely with seasonal changes—which is when you’re most likely to look for new clothes!
Did you know that you can already find some of the sales for Black Friday online on NerdWallet? It’s true! Spend some time planning now so that you can save tons later on. This is helpful even if you aren’t trying to plan around sales. If you know your child is going to be attending a certain school next year, look up the school’s dress code now so that you can stock up on things that meet the requirements ahead of time.
Do you have a favorite kids clothing designer? Do you have a favorite store? Do you have a favorite online portal? It is highly likely that the designers, stores and shopping portals you love have some sort of membership program. Sign up for it! When you sign up, make sure to opt in for the newsletters and emails. Sure it feels like you’re signing up for spam but this is spam that comes with valuable coupons and deals that are members-only and will save you tons of money.
Thrift shopping has gotten so much better since “going green” and “community empowerment” have become popular movements. Now people are more likely to donate things than they are to simply toss them out. This means that the selection at your local thrift store is much larger (and better) than it was when you were a kid. Spend some time browsing through the racks at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. You’ll be surprised by how much perfectly wearable clothing you can find!
Unfortunately kids are expensive. It’s just one of those truths that you have to accept as a parent. Luckily, though, there are things you can do to ease that financial burden. What are some things you do to save money on your children?