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13 Genius Ways to Save Big on Kids’ Clothes – If you’re anything like me, you look for ways to save money anywhere possible! Clothes for the kids is no exception. There’s so many ways to get amazing outfits for a little bit of nothing. So why in the world would you ever want to pay full price? Around here, the words ‘full price’ are like curse words. Just the thought of paying that much money for something my kids will wear for 6 months makes me want to run in the other direction!
I just can’t wrap my head around it – nor can I justify it in our budget. Why pay $40 for an outfit if you could get it for less than $10? It’s wasted money that’s going right down the drain. Don’t let your hard-earned money slip through your fingers to dress your kids nicely. Let me show you 13 genius ways to save big on kids’ clothes!
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1. Shop Online Consignment Stores – GET $20 IN FREE CLOTHES!
thredUP is an online consignment store that sells gently-used, high-end clothing. You can save up to 90% while choosing from thousands of styles and sizes. (You can also sell them your gently-used clothes.)
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Another great online consignment store is Schoola. You save up to 70% while 40% of proceeds are donated to a local school of your choice. It’s the best of both worlds!
>>Use this link to join Schoola and get $10 FREE!<<
2. Shop Once Upon A Child
Once Upon a Child is a resale store for kids’ clothes and shoes. Some clothes have never been worn and still have tags. They price their clothing at a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere, so you walk out with an awesome deal. They run special sales, like $1 clearance items and 70% off clearance. Shop during these times to get an even bigger bang for your buck. Even better? You can sell the clothes back to Once Upon a Child when you’re done with them.
Make sure to pick up a Stamp Card and use it every time you shop. Once it’s filled, you get 15% off your purchase!
3. Shop The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a thrift store that sells kids’ clothing at rock bottom prices. You can find a lot of name-brand clothing here. They offer half-off days around the holidays, making it the best time to go. Find when the next sale is happening and buy an entire wardrobe for the whole family for next to nothing! Their selection changes often, so keep checking back.
I went last week and they were running a special sale. All items with a pink tag were half off! I walked out with a name-brand sweatshirt, a sweater, and two pairs of pants for $1.99 each!
4. Shop The Children’s Place
If you’ve never shopped for kids’ clothes at The Children’s Place, you’re missing out. T.C.P is a great place to snag deals! (They have physical stores, but I always shop online since there isn’t one near me.) They constantly run sales and clearance events. Join My Place Rewards to earn points on your purchases to redeem later toward clothes. Shop when they offer free shipping on all orders to save even more.
5. Shop Overstock & Liquidation
Overstock stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, and Burlington Coat Factory are all great places to find kids’ clothes at a fraction of the cost of department stores. You can save a lot of money on clothes, shoes, and accessories.
Liquidation stores are another great place to find clothes at awesome prices. Sometimes, these pieces are irregular, so be sure to look them over carefully before purchasing.
6. Search Craigslist
Craigslist has a ‘free’ section and it’s not unusual to find kids’ clothes (and baby gear) listed. (Yes, for real!) Usually, people are looking to get the extra clutter out of their house quickly and they’re willing to give the clothes away for free just to get them out of there. Enter your zipcode and see if anyone local is offering a bag of free clothes. You can’t beat that!
7. Shop The Clearance Rack
I cannot even tell you how many hundreds of dollars I’ve saved shopping the clearance rack at Target. I’ve scored tons of high-quality clothes for my kids at upwards of 75% off! Target’s clothing clearance goes up to 70% off original prices. Use your Redcard at checkout and save an additional 5%. Sometimes there’s a 20% Cartwheel on clearance clothing that you can stack with all the other discounts. Get amazing clothes for pennies on the dollar.
8. Shop Gender-Neutral
Planning to have more kids? Save yourself a lot of money by buying gender-neutral clothes. When one child outgrows their outfits, they can still be passed on to the next child. Colors like green, yellow, and tan work for a boy or a girl. No more having to buy additional wardrobes because they were gender-specific.
9. Ask For Hand-Me-Downs
There’s always people looking to get rid of kids’ clothes. Maybe they’re outgrown or they simply don’t want them anymore. Ask family and friends if they have any clothes they no longer need and are willing to part with. It doesn’t hurt to ask and more than likely, they’ll give them to you for free.
10. Seek Out Clothing Swaps & Trades
Find local swap and trade groups on Facebook. Join and swap out clothes with other moms. Trade what you no longer need with what you currently need. Never pay for clothes again. If you can’t find a group online, start a physical group for the moms in your area. You can also join Freecycle, an online trading group.
11. Repurpose Clothing
I don’t know about you, but my toddler son is notorious for ripping open the knees on his pants. He went through about 8 pairs just this year because of this. I cannot afford to keep buying more pants, so I repurpose them as shorts. Cut off the bottom portion and you’re good to go. If your child has a growth spurt and arms are sticking out of their long sleeve shirts, repurpose them as short sleeve shirts. You get a lot more life out of clothes this way.
12. Skip Holiday Clothing
It’s so easy to get sucked into holiday outfits, and it’s understandable why. They are super cute! But is it really worth it to drop $40 on a Valentine’s Day dress that will be worn approximately two times? Honestly, no. Forego the clothes printed with reindeer, Cupid, and hearts. Opt for clothes that can be worn all year long.
13. Join Facebook Tag Sale Groups
Join local tag sale groups on Facebook. It’s really easy to join! Do a search of your town + tag sale (yard sale) group. Score clothing for as low as $1 a piece, right in your own town. You can also sell your own items this way and use the money for back to school clothes shopping!
There’s no reason to pay a bunch of money to dress your children well. Join groups, shop clearance, accept hand-me-downs. Go to consignment shops and buy gender-neutral. Whatever you need to do. Because the truth is, there’s just so many ways to keep clothing costs low that it doesn’t make sense to pay full price – ever. Take what you save and put it into savings or put it toward debt. Do these 13 things and you don’t even have to include kids’ clothes into your budget anymore.
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