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Looking for ways to save money on kids’ clothes and stay on budget? I’ve learned a few tricks over the years through trial and error and I wanted to share what has worked the best for us. It was super important that I found ways that were easy and did not take up even more time with little in return.
I’ll never forget having all of these adorable newborn outfits for my daughter and being shocked when she literally outgrew them within a month. Outgrowing clothes slows down as they get older, but it can add up quickly if you are spending full price on clothes.
It is not hard to get amazing deals on kids’ clothes (and who does not love a good deal, right?). You can still dress your kids to impress in the latest fashions without spending a lot and save money on kids’ clothes.
I am going to show you the tricks that I have learned along the way to save tons of money on brand name clothes.
Here are 9 ridiculously easy ways to save money on kids’ clothes – no doubt!
Buy and Sell Gently-Used Clothes
This is one of my favorites. There are some great stores that specialize in buying and selling gently-used clothes. I take a bin of my kids’ clothes that they have grown out of and then shop around while they go through the clothes. When I check out they let me know the amount they are going to pay and what they are buying from me and I apply that amount to the clothes I am getting. You can also just take the cash back. It’s great because they do the work in going through the clothes.
Most stores have strict policies on what they buy so you are (usually) only shopping from clothes that are in good condition. With that being said, chances are there will be clothes that they do not buy back from you depending in the condition and their current inventory. Here’s a few different brick-and-mortar stores to check out:
Once Upon a Child (my favorite!)
ThredUP is an online buy and sell store that works basically the same way. They also women’s clothes and accessories! You request a Clean Out Bag, send your items in, and then get a payout to either use as credit or as cash back. There is the option to pay extra to have items not bought to be sent back to you. You can check out ThredUp and get $10 to spend when you use this link (and I get a $10 bonus after you make your first purchase so it’s a win-win…thanks, friend!).
Stock Up at Sales
Make sure you stock up at sales to save money on kids’ clothes. For example, Old Navy usually has some amazing sales (hello, $1 flip flops!) so I make sure to stock up on things that I know are staples in our house. If it’s a really good deal I might also stock up on the next size up and just put it away until it fits!
Shop Out of Season
Shopping out of season is another way to get some great deals. Shop on the clearance rack for the next year is one way. You’ll just need to guess at what size you’ll need an a year. I usually buy the next size up from what they are currently wearing and it works out for us. I also start buying winter clothes in the early summer because I can usually use coupons towards the clothes and get them on sale.
Find a Friend to Swap Clothes
Lucky for us I have a friend who has two kids as well. Because of how their ages fall with we are able to swap clothes with each other!
Sign up for emails for deals
If there are stores that you love for your kids’ clothes, make sure you sign up to get emails from them. I love the kids’ clothes from Old Navy and Gap. I get some amazing discount codes in my email throughout the year!
Know What to Splurge On and Save On
I have learned that some things are just better to spend a little more on because the quality is better and they last longer. In my experience, this has been with shoes and winter coats. My kids are really tough on these and I have had better luck with getting name brand for these. However, I do shop at discount stores like Walmart for things like socks, t-shirts, and play clothes. There are some great deals there and makes more sense to spend less on these items. No one is really going to notice if your child is wearing a $4 solid color t-shirt from Walmart!
Shop daily deal sites (Zulily)
Daily deal sites can have some great deals to save money on kids’ clothes! For example, I have scored name brand shoes for next to nothing for my son on Zulily. I have tried a couple other similar sites, but I have had the best luck with Zulily. I really love that it is high quality and name brand. And, it is not just kids clothes so you can even score some deals for yourself!
I have saved a ton of money over the years using these tips to save money on kids’ clothes.
I use a fund in our monthly budget for our kids’ clothes to help us have money set aside for when the seasons change or to do school clothes shopping in the late summer. It also gives me some flexibility if I come across a good bargain. One time I was able to score winter jackets in June for the kids at an amazing sale price!
Do you have any other tips that you use to save money on children’s clothes? Share in the comments below!