Saving money on kids’ clothing is no easy feat. For one, they grow so fast so you have to continuously buy things for them. Secondly, there are so many options to choose from, and many people feel that they have to buy nice clothes for their children or else they’ll be seen as bad parents.
The good news, though, is that there’s no reason to spend a lot of money on baby clothing. Parent guilt starts early, and it’s really unnecessary. The truth is, as long as you properly clothe your children, like providing them with coats in the winter, there’s really not much more you need to do.
When I found out I was having twins, the first thing I worried about was their health, and the second thing I worried about was how I was going to afford two children at once. We had diligently saved for one baby, but I worried about the costs for two of them. Luckily, I found out quickly that there are tons of great deals to be had on baby clothes, and there’s no reason at all to be excessive about it.
1. Buy in Bulk
One way I saved money on buying clothes was buying in bulk on eBay. You can search “lot of” + the size you’re looking for, and you’ll find moms selling piles and piles of clothes for cheap. I remember I purchased a lot of forty outfits size 0-3 months for my daughter for $38 before she was even born. That was less than $1 an outfit, and because it was baby clothes, they arrived as good as new.
2. Shop Sales
If you don’t like to buy used clothes, there are many ways to shop sales in your area for brand new clothes. Sign up to receive sale notifications at your favorite stores or buy through our portal to get cash back on popular brands like Carters, OshKosh, and The Children’s Place. That way you can shop and know that you’re never actually paying full price.
3. Set Up a Trade
My sister and I trade clothes back and forth. My son wore a ton of his older cousin’s clothes, and because my sister’s daughter is a few months younger than mine, I always send her baby girl clothes. This is a great way to affordably clothe your children. If you don’t have a sibling with children the same age, you can trade with your neighbors, women in your playgroup, or people at your church. You can even set up a large trade by getting multiple sets of parents together to bring some of their gently used children’s clothes to swap.
Ultimately, there are many ways to find great, name brand clothes for your children for a fraction of the cost. All you need to do is work with other moms or parents in your area, shop for great sales online, and consider buying in bulk on eBay. I’ve tried all of these things and have spent a very low amount on our children’s clothes so far.
What other ways can you save on kids’ clothes?