Guest post from Brandi
Clothing doesn’t have to be expensive. Many options for children’s clothing are free, and others that aren’t free can be very frugal! Here are my top tips for saving money on children’s clothing:
1. Accept Freebies
Always say yes when someone offers you free clothes, even if you aren’t sure you can use them. If a friend or family member with a slightly older child wants to pass down clothes, you should take advantage of the offer.
You may think you’re all set for a certain size next season but you never know what they may have in their bag. The last time I said “yes”, I got a lovely Easter dress for my daughter!
2. Shop at Consignment Stores
Once Upon a Child features children’s clothing and may have a branch near you. They’re very selective with what they buy back and they run seasonal clearance sales where you can fill an entire bag full of clothing (bag provided by them) for only $10. Best of all, you can often sell your clothes back at the end of the season and recoup some of your money.
3. Frequent Yard Sales
Yard sales can be great places to find children’s clothing. I have better success finding baby and toddler clothes than bigger boy and girl sizes, but I always check just in case!
4. Shop Department Store Clearance Racks
Departments stores often have excellent prices on their clearance racks. Just this weekend, I picked up two pairs of $26 fleece pajamas for next year at the rock bottom price of $1 each. By matching coupons with clearance items, you can actually get things for free!
5. Ask for Clothes for Birthdays and Christmas
Ask family for gifts of clothing instead of toys. I put new tennis shoes on the grandparents’ list each Christmas and occasionally coats, too, if I haven’t found good deals on used ones. My kids enjoy clothing with popular characters on them, and they’re always excited to receive them as gifts.
6. Swap with other moms
A children’s clothing swap can make for a fun mom’s night out even with a homeschool co-op or church group. Moms can bring bags of clothing they don’t need and leave with sizes they do need.
7. Make your own
Sew clothing instead of purchasing it. Something like a little girl’s pillowcase dress is simple enough for a beginner, and there are countless sewing projects to found be online for novices and veterans alike. To save on fabric, look for great deals on tablecloths, shower curtains, or bed sheets to use as fabric.
8. Save clothing and pass it down
Even if you think seasons won’t match up, you can always layer a hand-me-down short-sleeve top over a long-sleeve one you purchased. You especially may want to save “classic” items that aren’t prone to fashion trends… pajamas, blue jeans, cardigans to wear over dresses, and simple church dresses don’t change much from one year to the next.
I hope this inspires you to find creative ways to save money on clothing — for free or very cheap! And I hope this shows you how doable it is. My children have lots of clothing from Gymboree, Baby Gap, Old Navy, and the Children’s Place, almost none of which came directly from the store.
How do you save money on children’s clothing?
Brandi is a stay-at-home mom of three homeschooled children. She loves whole foods, crafts, frugality, family, and faith.