Hi everyone! It has been about a month since my last Dollars & Sense post, so I figured it was time for another one! I thought I would share with you ways that our family saves money on buying clothes. It can become a very overwhelming task to clothe 6 people, but it can be done without spending a fortune.
Here are some ways that our family saves money on clothes shopping:
1. Shopping at Thrift Stores is a big one for us. Over the years, we have found several different stores in our area that we visit frequently to shop for clothes. You can buy really nice, gently used clothes very inexpensively. They will even run sales where everything is half price, or they may let you fill a bag up for a low price.
2. We sometimes go to a huge children’s consignment sale that comes to our area once in the fall and once in the spring. It is called the Upscale Weesale. We mostly are able to find nice shoes there for very affordable prices. They usually have a half-price day at the end of the sale as well.
3. Sometimes it can help to not bring the kids along, unless you need them there to make sure the clothes will fit. I’ve noticed that if the kids come along, we usually end up buying toys and we usually end up rushing because the kids don’t like to wait for you to look through clothes.
4. With my boys, I’ve always saved my older boys clothes for my younger one to wear. They are only 3 years apart and so this has worked well for us. We hardly have to buy anything for my younger one. But my girls are 8 years apart, so I haven’t really been able to save very many of my older ones for my younger. If you are able to do this, it can really help save a lot of money and hassle on buying clothes. Just make sure to keep the clothes organized or else you’ll end up spending hours trying to find the sizes you need!
5. Shopping the Clearance racks at Department Stores is a great way to save money on clothes. Usually at the end of each season, stores will mark down prices on the clothes that didn’t sell to make room for the next season. You can sometimes find great deals this way.
6. Ever since our oldest was a baby, we’ve been extremely blessed with people giving us “hand me downs” for the kids. If you have friends who you can do that with, it can be a great way to save on clothes. In return, I have always handed down ones that my kids have outgrown to friends if at all possible. You could also look into doing a clothes swap with friends, depending on the sizes you each need.
7. Sometimes when grandparents ask what to give our kids for Christmas or Birthdays, I will let them know what clothing items the kids are in need of. This gives them a chance to buy something the kids can really use rather than a toy they will only play with for a short while then forget about.
8. I always try to spend some time making sure exactly what clothes each child is truly in need of. If you go to a thrift store and just grab a bunch of clothes without knowing what they are in need of, you can waste a lot of money even though the clothes are very cheap.
9. We love to go to Yard Sales and I find a lot of clothes for very low prices at those. It is always a “hit or miss” thing though, you never know what your going to find.
10. Stores like ROSS and TJ Maxx typically have nice clothes for lower prices. We have gone there several times and found some nice things at affordable prices.
So there are 10 ideas to help you save your family money on buying clothes! Do you have any tips for me on how your family manages to save on clothes? I always love to hear new ideas, please feel free to comment.
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