If you are looking for ways to save, here are some tips on how to save money on kids clothes.
Hi I’m Peta from Great Googa Moogas and I am really looking forward to stopping by It Is A Keeper each month to share some great ideas with you. This month I’ll be sharing my tips for saving money on kids clothes as well as a great printable, that you can keep in your wallet or purse, for tracking what you need and in which sizes.
A great way to save money on kids clothes and shoes is to pick them up cheap at the end of season sales or at yard sales, markets and consignment stores, but you need to make sure you are buying the right sizes.
My rule of thumb is to check how well their current size fits and whether they are due for a growth spurt (this will be different for each child but if you are unsure it may be worth going up 2 sizes rather than one). If the pants are just sitting at the ankles then I know I can probably get away with the next size up, but if they are sitting higher and showing ankle bone, then I know I’m going to have to go up an extra size. The same rule applies with shirts and jackets in regards to wrists and waists.
As you go through the current and last season’s clothes, make note of anything that is going to need replacing. Are the pants getting too tight or the dresses too short? Are they going to need new PJ’s or winter coats? Don’t forget to check shoes while you’re at it, it will be cheaper and easier to pick them up when you spot them on sale, than having to search all over for the right pair when they are needed.
I’m lucky that with so many kids, we also have a stockpile of hand me downs to keep the kids clothed, so once I sort through their current clothes and make a list of what they need, I can go shopping in the hand me down tubs before having to hit the stores.
When you are out and about, check the sales and clearance racks, you never know what bargains you might find. Talk to friends who have children older or younger than yours about doing clothing swaps, it’s a great way to get clothes for your kids to grow into while also passing along the ones they’ve outgrown.
If you are somewhat crafty and know your way around a sewing machine or crocheting hook then you might consider adding a colourful band to the legs and sleeves of some of their clothes to get an extra year out of them or you could sew some extra length to the bottoms of skirts and dresses to account for those growth spurts. These cost very little and will save you some money on your clothing budget.
Download Your Free Printable
If you’d like a copy of the handy little size and needs chart, you can download it here. It’s easy to fill in and once folded in quarters, it will slide neatly into one of your card slots in your purse.
What’s your favorite way to save money on kid’s clothes?
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