How many of you love buying clothes for your kids?? I know I do! It’s so much more fun than buying clothes for myself!
But, my budget won’t be happy with me if I throw a lot of money at clothes for my kids – even though they’re suuuper cute. The solution? Shop smart!
Here are a few things that I do to find good deals on kids’ clothes so that I don’t overspend in this department.
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Ok, this is my absolute favorite way to save money on kids’ clothes. I get so excited when it gets to the end of a season and I get to go shopping. If you look at just the right time you can find fantastic deals on brand new clothes!
Some of the stores I’ve had the most luck at are JC Penney, Macys, Kohls, and Crazy Eight. I got Caleb’s fleece jacket below for like three bucks at Kohls last spring! (oh, and his jeans are second-hand!)
I’ll probably start looking for deals at the end of this month since here in Texas summer clothes are put out super early. I’m excited!!
Of course, end-of-season shopping only works when it is the end of a season. Ha! So let’s move on to another great way to find good deals on kids’ clothes.
Never heard of Thredup before? Or maybe you’ve heard about it but are still a bit skeptical?
I’ve ordered from Thredup four or five times now and have always been super pleased. They have the prices of a consignment store with the ease of ordering online + a super good return policy. These shirts for Caleb were my first ever order from Thredup!
I love that their website specifies the exact condition of each item (like-new, slight signs of wear, etc.) so that you know exactly what you are getting. I have always found the quality to be very good.
Another great thing about Thredup is their referral program. Referring a friend gets both them and you $10 off your order. Win-win!
Consignment stores (buy AND sell!)
Consignment stores sell gently used clothing for great prices. You can get especially good deals if you watch for special sale days.
Not all consignment stores are created equal so if you have a few in your area you may want to shop around to see where you can find the best deals.
If you have some of your own clothes to sell it makes it even better! I have sold clothes at a consignment store in exchange for store credit. I can then turn around and get clothes for my kids for free or just a little extra money. (Just keep in mind that while some consignment stores are more picky than others they all prefer recent styles that are clean and in pretty good condition.)
I love unique pieces of clothing but I rarely buy something unless it can be matched with a lot of what my child already has. That red polka-dot skirt may be adorable but if it’ll only match with one top it’s not worth it, at least for me.
This doesn’t mean your kiddo has to be dressed in boring solids all the time though. I picked up the cute leggings Sofia is wearing below at our local consignment store a couple months ago and I love that they go with a variety of colored tops.
Pick a color scheme for your child and try to make sure that every piece of clothing matches with several other pieces. Lots of options with less clothes.
Amazon.com is a really great option for finding good deals on kids’ clothes. A year or two ago I wanted to get Caleb a dressy outfit for a wedding. After shopping around a little I realized that Amazon easily had the best prices. (I got him something similar to this cute outfit.)
Buying from Amazon is an especially good deal if you already have Amazon Prime since that gives you free shipping. Just make sure to read the reviews if you’re ordering from a company for the first time.
Lastly, I’m a big fan of thrift stores! To be a good thrift shopper you have to be willing to look hard and weed through a lot of stuff you don’t want in order to find some good deals.
In the past I have bought things that I shouldn’t have bought because, although cheap, they were already almost worn out. I’ve realized for example that if I’m going to buy used jeans for Caleb I need to make sure they feel practically new, otherwise he’ll quickly wear holes in the knees. Look carefully though and you can find some real steals!
So, I hope all these tips were helpful! Now when you find yourself feeling like this…
…at least you’ll be throwing five dollar bills instead of twenties! 😉
How do you like to find good deals on kids’ clothes? I’d love to hear what works for you – let’s chat in the comments!
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