Living on the East Coast, we sometimes see warmer weather later than we'd like. But knowing that a hot day can creep up when you least expect it is reason enough for me to be prepared with Summer clothes.
I have a 3-1/2-year-old girl and a 16-month-old boy, so their needs are different, and each season I have to find a budget-friendly way to fill up the closets.
Here are a few ways to save money on a Summer wardrobe for your kids:
- Only buy what's on sale. It may seem obvious, but it's true. It's easy to want to grab an item because we love it, but the truth is, kids don't wear clothes as long we do. They'll grow out of it in months, so waiting a bit for it to be marked down is an easy and fast way to save money.
Take advantage of one-day sales, especially. I shop online a lot because leaving the house with two small kids is tough. I know both of their sizes and what brands fit best, so it's easy to buy online. Certain stores will hold one-day sales where your entire purchase could be 40 percent off. I just took advantage of this at The Children's Place last week and ordered seven items for my daughter for $35! They also offered the discount on items that were already marked down. You can really clean up and get everything you need on a sale day like this. If you're not sure when a sale like this will happen, sign up for the store's e-newsletter and you'll be alerted anytime they have one.
On a side note, I always buy my kids' shoes new because their feet are growing and I want to make sure they're wearing something supportive. This is something I don't mind splurging on. However, we are rewards members with Stride Rite, and that means I'll get free shipping when ordering online if I spend $35. Just recently, they held a Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off sale and I was able to buy each kid a pair of shoes. If you have multiples, shopping during this kind of sale is definitely helpful!
- Sell old and gently used clothing. It's happened to all of us: a season goes by and we see some of our kids' clothes hanging up with the tags still on. Or maybe they wore it once and they had no reason to wear it again. In this case, I take to eBay or ThredUp and sell the clothes. Of course, the return on investment really only works if they're in new or great condition, but it's worth it to make some money and use it to buy new clothes.
- Have a clothing swap with friends. I'm expecting my third child in July, and I know it's only going to strain the wallet a bit more when I'm shopping for three munchkins every season. I've done this in the past, and it's worked out well. Invite some friends over, have them bring their gently used clothing and exchange threads. It could end up being a fun get-together and a good way to rotate the wardrobe. My daughter has gotten a few hand-me-downs since she was born, and they've all felt new to her, so this is a good option if you need extra stuff. Let's face it, kids can get pretty dirty. So why not use these as play clothes?
What are some of your budget-friendly tips when buying new clothes?