Since children never seem to stop growing out of their clothing, sometimes you need to think outside the box. It gets expensive having to buy your kids clothing all of the time, especially if they’re growing like a weed and need new clothing and other activities for school on a continuous basis. Boys may be especially challenging if they like to have fun in the dirt – it may seem like you’re replacing their clothing every week! If you’re trying to cut back and are open to some tips, read through this check list before you head to the nearest store.
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If you have friends and family members who have children of their own, there is no shame asking them if they have extra clothing they are no longer using. Chances are their kids are growing like weeds as well and if their kids are older the parents most likely will be giving away the clothing to good will anyway. Don’t worry about the clothing being worn down – sort through the extra clothing and only take what you feel will be useful to your kids. Hand me downs are a great way to save money and exchange clothing with another family who no longer needs it.
Take Advantage of Coupons and Specials
It may seem like common sense, but you never should forget to check out the latest coupons and specials that are going on in your kid’s favorite stores. Whether you find Express.com coupons to use for your teenager or discover another brand name that your little ones will look darling in, scour the internet and check your local magazines and newspapers. There are always coupons and codes to find and it’s up to you to be thorough and find them whenever you can.
Visit Local Thrift Stores
Checking out your local thrift stores is another great idea, because it’s more than likely that you’ll find some relatively new clothing there that’s hardly been worn. Many families assume that thrift stores only have clothing that’s really worn, but depending on the area you can find name brand clothing and more at an excellent price. Don’t be afraid to dig around and search for the basics as well. If your child wears a uniform a thrift store is a great place to look for khaki pants or a white button down shirt, for example. It’s most likely that your child will go through his or her uniform quickly, so stay current on buying your children clothing and you won’t have to worry about rushing to an expensive store or spending extra money when you don’t have it.
Sierra is a freelance writer who loves to hunt for clothing at thrift stores and think of other creative ways to save money. She always manages to find great apparel!