Raising kids is not cheap. Especially when it comes to buying their clothes.
If your kids are anything like mines, then you’ll know every three months (when the seasons change), you have to go through their closets, get rid of stuff they can no longer fit, and then buy bigger sizes.
This is an unavoidable cost that can really put a dent in your budget if you don’t plan for it in advance. Plus, I cringe at the thought of ever paying full price for stuff I just know they will outgrow.
Call me cheap, but spending $12 on a pair of toddler jeans makes no sense when kids that age only wear it a few times before it’s too small again.
So, anytime you can find a good bargain on kids clothes, it will save you a LOT of money.
Today, I’m excited to share my favorite places I love to go to find affordable, cute kids clothes when money is tight!
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Walmart is a great place to find new kids clothes at low prices. This is often the first I’ll go to buy brand new t-shirts, socks, and pants. They always have a $4 and Under rack for these particular items.
And you’ll save even more when you shop the end-of-season clearance sales! (More on that below)
If you’re not already shopping at children’s resale and consignment stores you’re seriously missing out! Stores like Once Upon A Child located in more affluent neighborhoods always have a larger inventory of famous clothing brands like Carters, Nike, North Face, and Jumping Beans, for example, for under $10!
The best part about buying used kids clothes, shoes, and accessories is they’re typically still in great shape! Because kids grow like weeds, most of the stuff you will find has very minimal wear and tear – which makes this such a great bargain!
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Have you checked your Facebook feed lately? I’ll bet you’ll find someone you know that’s recently had a baby, or have children the same age as yours.
So don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask if they’d like to donate their child’s outgrown stuff to you!
You’d be surprised at how happy parents are to get rid of all that baby stuff. Because for them, it’s just that’s taking up space. They don’t know what to do with it all, which is a great thing for you!
I’m always using Craigslist to find quality used stuff near me. And there are always people selling kids clothing by the lot!
Seriously, all you have to do is contact the seller and arrange to pick it up!
But you can also use Craigslist to find used kids furniture, toys (think ride-on cars), and baby gear for super cheap.
Just recently I bought a twin bunk bed frame from a Craigslist ad that I saw for only $70! The crazy thing is, I had the same bunk bed added to my Walmart shopping cart online for $139, brand new!
So I didn’t mind buying it used since I was saving an extra $69+! Just be careful though, and never go to look at or purchase anything alone.
Old Navy is my FAVORITE clothing brand because it’s really affordable to dress my whole family! The key to saving money at Old Navy is to go shopping around major holidays.
They always have huge 50%-70% Off Entire Store sales. Of course, I go straight to the clearance rack first, but even if I don’t, I can find cute and trendy t-shirts for $2.50-$5.00 each!
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I had to add Target to the list because they have really cute kids clothes. I mean absolutely ADORABLE!
In my opinion, Target’s Cat & Jack clothing line is like Walmart (low-price) meets Carters/Oshkosh (style). So when I shop for new kids clothes at Target, I have to restrain myself because it’s very easy to go overboard when everything is so stinkin’ cute!
Mom groups aren’t just great support groups for new moms, but they’re also a great resource for when you need to swap babysitting services, make new friends, and of course, find FREE kids clothes!
I know many moms that exchange items their kids outgrow with each other all the time!
So if you’re not a part of a mom group, I highly recommend joining one in your area. You can check meetup.com or local churches to get started!
What I love most about shopping on eBay is that most sellers will offer free shipping! But just like with Craigslist, you’ll find the majority of people selling kids clothes by the lot.
And it’s not always easy to see what you’re getting before you buy it.
So I primarily use eBay when I need to buy the kids shoes. Plus when I shop through Ebates I earn FREE Cash Back!
Want to learn more about Ebates? Read How To Use Ebates For Free Cash Back + Get A FREE $10 Gift Card.
Have you ever bought holiday decorations the day after just to get in on the 50% off sales? Well, my friend, you can do the same thing when you buy your kids’ clothes!
Basically, instead of buying their ENTIRE winter wardrobe at the beginning of the season, you should buy it in advance at the end of that season, for the following year.
Because that’s when retailers will have HUGE markdowns anyway, and you can’t beat getting brand NEW kids clothes at up to 70% off retail prices!
If you want to save even more money on popular brands for your kids’ clothes, then you CAN’T forget to check thrift stores like Goodwill and The Salvation Army – but again, in affluent neighborhoods! 😉
Sometimes you’ll find really nice coats, tops, or bottoms for less than $1 – I’m not kidding!
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But keep in mind inventory does change frequently, so when you find something good, you better be prepared to grab it before it’s gone.
If you’re new to my blog, I’m all about helping moms save more money in your everyday life! Here are some more things you may want to check out if you are trying to lower your budget.
- Use the Ibotta App to save money on groceries. You get free CASH BACK when you upload a picture of your receipts! Read How To Use the Ibotta App for FREE Cash Back On Groceries
- Eliminate your cable bill. Buy an HDTV Antenna (this is the exact one we have) to enjoy free TV, and use Hulu with Live TV to watch your favorite shows, entertainment, news, and sports LIVE (and for way less than cable) – this is what we do! Read How To Get Rid of Cable and Still Watch TV
- Sign up for a website like Ebates for free CASH BACK on your normal everyday purchases online or in-store. Plus, when you sign up through my link, you’ll get a FREE $10 gift card bonus!
- If you need help cooking more meals at home, then try out $5 Meal Plan. They send you meal plans directly to your inbox – which is what we did to help us cut our grocery bill in half!
- Negotiate any bills you have such as phone, internet, insurance, etc.
- Downsize your home to save on living expenses if you can. We did this for two years and saved almost $10,000!
- Sign up for free websites like Harris Poll Online, InboxDollars, PineCone Research, and Survey Junkie to GET PAID for answering surveys (which is exactly what I still do!) in your free time!
How do you save money on your kids’ clothes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
P.S. If you’re looking for more ways to save money, the FREE Ultimate Money-Saving Checklist is a MUST GRAB! It lists over 150 easy ways to cut your spending, increase your savings, and live a rich life. Grab it for FREE here for a limited time.
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