Do your children need new clothes for school? This time of year can be very expensive, and many families tend to spend a good chunk of money on making sure that their kids are ready before the first day of school. The average cost of getting your children ready for school is around $600 or more depending on how many school aged children you have in your family. Over the years, I have found that kids grow very quickly and that they tend to grow out of their clothes very fast too. I have always been frugal when it comes to clothing my children, and I wanted to share with you the ways that I have money on children’s clothing.
Shop Tax-Free Weekend
Do take advantage of the tax-free weekend. During tax-free weekend, you can typically save money on select items for your children. Tax on most items doesn’t amount to a ton of money, but if you pair it with clothing and shoes that are on sale, then you can maximize your savings.
I love searching for coupons. When I am out shopping, I am typically scouring my phone to make sure that I am not leaving extra money on the table. Use your phone to search for store coupons or sign up for your favorite store emails before tax-free weekend. Coupons can help stretch your budget, and they are easy to find online too.
Shop The Ads
I always pick up the Sunday newspaper so that I can check out all of the sales going on. Be sure to scope out the ads and do your best to shop the sale ads.
Don’t forget to check the clearance section. I always check the clearance section first when I am shopping for my children. I rarely pay full price and try to grab as much as I can off the clearance rack. Also, if possible, check the clearance rack throughout the year and pick up clothing as you go. You don’t have to buy everything in August.
Add Clothes to Your Child’s Birthday and Christmas List
I always add clothing to my child’s birthday and Christmas list. It helps me save money on their clothing, and it gives other people things to buy for my kids that they need.
Look for Yard Sales
Don’t be afraid to shop for children’s clothing from yard sales. Most of the time, you can find quality clothing for a fraction of the cost. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can even find clothing that still has tags on them too.
Ask Friends if They Have Any Hand Me Downs
Hand me downs are the best way to get quality children’s clothing for free. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends if they have anything that doesn’t fit their child anymore that you can have or watch for these finds on Facebook.
Just Between Friends
I love Just Between Friends. It is a great way to help fill your child’s closet at a fraction of the cost. I have noticed that they typically have more for girls and less for boys. In my experience as a mom, boys tend to be a bit harder on clothing.
I have also bought clothing for my kids at a consignment shop. Often, you can find name brand clothing at a fraction of the price. Watch for clearance sales too. You can also take your child’s old clothing and possibly trade it in for new things too. I have shopped Kid to Kid or Once Upon a Child for my kids and even for maternity clothing.
When my kids need clothes, I often check with our local thrift stores to see what they have. They don’t always have a ton of clothing for the younger kids, but you can often find a ton of choices for teenagers. Also, check with your local Goodwill. They often run mid-week specials, and you can save even more money off of your haul.
Do check discount retailers such as Marshalls, TJMaxx, Ross, ect for children’s clothing. They often are significantly cheaper. However, with back to school sales, make sure that you use your phone to check the prices at other retailers before making your purchase. You want to ensure that you are getting a good deal.
Try searching on E-bay for your kids clothing needs. They even let people list used clothing too. Do pay attention to the star rating and use caution when placing an order.
Thread Up is a large online consignment shop. You can save up to 90% off retail on your favorite brands. I did read a few reviews who complained about the sizing of some of the items that they received. Just make sure that you read the sellers remarks on sizing.
Join several Facebook groups in your area. Often times people post items that they no longer want or even information on yard sales. If you do decide to purchase or get free items from other’s on Facebook, do make sure that you meet the other party in a secure location.
Search Craigslist to find kids clothing that people want to get rid of for a fraction of the price of new clothing. Again, before you meet someone off Craiglist, make sure that you meet them in a secure location. It is best to meet them in a public spot such as a parking lot with cameras or even at the police station.
Back to school can easily derail your budget especially if you have more than one child to buy clothes and school supplies so that they are ready for their first day of school. I hope that this helps you save money on your child’s back to school clothing.
What is your favorite way to save money on your children’s clothing?