Raising kids is not cheap. Especially when it comes to buying their clothes. So if you’re looking for easy ways to save money on kids clothes, then you’ve come to the right place.
Because 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. That’s why today, I’m excited to share my favorite places we go to save money on kids clothes.
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11 Places You’ll Save Money On Kids Clothes
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!
FRIENDS & FAMILY
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!
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!
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!
ONLINE THRIFT STORES
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.
More Money-Saving Tips
If you’re new to my blog, I’m all about helping you cut your budget + grow your income! Here are some more things you should do to save extra money:
- Use the Ibotta App to save money on groceries. Ibotta pays you free cash money when you upload a picture of your receipt! Read this post to see how easily it works.
- Lower your tv bill. You will LOVE getting free channels for life when you buy an HDTV Antenna (this is the exact one we have), plus use Hulu to watch your favorite live shows, entertainment, news, and sports for way less than cable – this is what we do! This post will show you how.
- Use free websites like Ebates to earn free gift cards and cash back whenever you shop online. Plus, you’ll get a FREE $10 gift card when you join!
- Learn to cook more meals at home so you can spend less on takeout. I used the $5 Meal Plan to get budget-friendly meal ideas and we were able to cut our grocery bill in half! You should give $5 Meal Plan a try, too – it’s free for 14 days!
- 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!
- Earn easy money answering surveys (which is what I still do!) in your spare time! It will help you pay for groceries, diapers, pay down debt, and more!
Do you spend a lot of money on kids clothes?
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