When it comes to raising children, you know that you're always buying new clothes. It seems like your child outgrows their pants and shirts almost overnight. Clothing can be a significant expense. It places a lot of stress on a tight budget. However, there are ways to save money on children's clothes without sacrificing quality. Here's a look at a few ways to save big on children's clothing for the spring and summer.
Never Pay Full Price
You never want to pay full price for kid's clothing even if the price is already cheap. When you're shopping for children's clothing, you always want to start with the clearance racks. Sticking to the clearance racks is one of the best ways to save money on children’s clothes. You can find some amazing deals on some quality clothing that's still in style.
After looking at kids’ clothes in the clearance section, it's time to check out the sales. Most children's clothing stores offer weekly or monthly sales on popular items and staple pieces. If you're willing to do a little bargain hunting, you can save a lot and never pay full price.
Almost every store that you shop at has an online presence. You can shop online to save money on children’s clothes. Some companies offer sales online and not in the stores. Many companies offer a special discount for students and first-time purchasers.
In many cases, you need to sign up for the company's email to get a discount, but it doesn't take a lot of time. Signing up for emails allows the company to send you emails that offer additional savings or announce sales. It's a great way to keep up with ongoing sales at various companies.
Many online retailers understand that the consumer doesn't want to pay to ship items and offer free shipping promotions. You might have to meet a minimum to get the free shipping, but it's typically worth it. Most online retailers make it easy to take returns to your local store if something doesn't fit.
Trade With Friends
Yes, everyone knows that kids are tough on clothing, but they outgrow items long before they wear the clothing out. By the time your child is ready for the next size, you find yourself with a lot of clothing in good shape that doesn't fit.
If you have a seven-year-old boy, and your friend has an eight-year-old boy, then you can ask her for clothes her son has outgrown. Among your friends, there is probably a large age range of children, making it a snap to trade clothing. By trading clothes with your friends and neighbors, you can easily save money on children’s clothes.
Of course, you'll want to offset the traded kids’ clothes with some pieces that are new and trendy. At the start of each season, you and your friends can get together to trade clothes that your children have outgrown with pieces that they can wear now.
Don't be afraid to hit the thrift stores for amazing deals on children's clothing. Second-hand stores might be the best way you can save money on children’s clothes. Many people donate children's clothing to make room for a larger size. You can find children's clothing in great condition for a fraction of what you'd pay in stores. You'll probably need to spend some time shifting through items until you find the style your child wants.
Consignment stores also sell second-hand clothes, but they're typically more expensive brands. If you live in an affluent area or close to one, you can score some great pieces of children's clothing for a lot less than you'd pay for it new.
You don't have to break the bank every time your child outgrows their jeans, shoes, or coats. You can shop the sales and trade clothing with friends who also have children. Your kid seems to need a larger size almost every morning, but you can keep them looking good on a tight budget.