Want to Save Money on Kids’ Clothes? Here’s How!

Everyone knows raising a child is EXPENSIVE! Reports show it costs $245,340 to raise a child from birth to 18 years old. I have three kids… That means it will cost me $736,020 to raise three! That’s crazy.

I’m always looking for ways to save money. Whether its food, entertainment, sports, or clothes, I find small ways to save big throughout the year. None of our kids are able to share clothes or use hand-me-downs. Lane and Asher are completely different sizes and body types, and Audrey is the only girl out of 9 grandkids. Over the years I’ve found five tried and true tips for saving on clothes all year around.

  1. Go through last year’s clothes and see what still fits. Why buy new clothes if you have them already? If they aren’t in the best condition, use them as play clothes. Our kids can always use clothes to get dirty!
  2. Separate the clothes that don’t fit into two piles, one pile to sell and one pile to donate or throw out.
    • Sometimes we can sell all of the kids clothes through a buy/sell/trade site on Facebook. I can recoup a couple of dollars to put into this year’s clothes budget. Note: I don’t use resale shops such as Once Upon A Child since they don’t pay much and they are very picky on what they take in.
    • If you have clothes that are torn up or that didn’t sell, consider donating these in a drop box, or taking them to a local shelter.
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Sell clothes that are in good shape but no longer fit on Buy/Sell/Trade sites. I put what we recoup into our new clothes budget.
  1. I always find brand new, inexpensive clothing for each kiddo by clearance shopping. It certainly takes time, but I can always find the bulk of their wardrobe by browsing our favorite sites.
    • January 1st I start shopping for spring/summer clothes
    • June 1st I start shopping for fall/winter clothes
    • Note: We buy the bulk of the kids’ clothes twice a year and they wear them for both seasons by layering long sleeve shirts, jackets/hoodies or leggings.
  2. Once I have the bulk of their clothes purchased from clearance, I fill in with birthday, Christmas, and Easter gifts. I know kids don’t always like getting clothes for gifts…
    • I always buy one outfit for birthdays and Easter baskets. Birthdays are usually a special outfit they can wear to their birthday dinner or party. Easter is generally swimwear and a summer outfit.
  3. Shoes are always expensive! Our kids either grow out of them or destroy them pretty quickly. I add these into our clearance shopping. Sometimes I can find them, sometimes not.
    • New school shoes we always splurge on. We try to make sure the kids like them and will want to wear them. Our kids know these are expensive and know they need to keep them nice (and away from Bad Jack who has a special taste for shoes)
    • Spring and summer, we luck out on. Our kids all play winter sports and we only let them wear basketball shoes on the court. After basketball ends in February, they have brand new shoes!
  4. Bonus tip #1: I feel a village raises a child. A village raised me; my mom, grandparents and my mom’s best friend’s family. When family and friends ask what to get our kids for Christmas or birthdays I ask for clothes. I keep a list of whom I asked for what: clothes, shoes, jackets, etc. and make sure to not double up. In most cases it’s my mom, my in-laws and close friends I ask, and they get an outfit and a small toy so the kids don’t feel deprived. 😉
  5. Bonus Tip #2: Christmas is a great time to buy the “uncool” clothes for our kids. We buy socks and underwear for stockings, “decorate” the tree in scarves, hats and gloves, and buy a special outfit for Christmas. We also have a Christmas Eve box that we fill with PJs, slippers and more.

Here’s how I put my tips into practice for spring/summer clothes:

Audrey:

  • 2 dresses, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of capris, 1 swim suit and 3 tee shirts that fit from last year.
  • Sold 11 shirts, 1 dress, 9 pair of shorts, 2 pair of capris and 2 pair of jeans for $40 through a buy/sell/trade site on Facebook.
  • Shopped online for clearance January 1st
    • Purchased: 2 dresses, 5 shirts, 5 pair of shorts for $65
  • Easter presents: Swimsuit with matching rash guard, flip-flops, sunglasses (all for upcoming beach vacation!), a new outfit on Zulily.com
  • Shoes – All white Keds used for basketball cheerleading
  • Asked Gam (grandma) to buy a new pair of Converses (Bad Jack ate the last pair) for Audrey’s upcoming birthday in March
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Brand new outfit for spring all off the clearance rack! Unicorn shirt: $3.49, sweater: $8 (she can wear it with multiple outfits), and capris for $6.99 = 18.48 for a mix and match outfit!

Asher:

  • Nothing fit from last year!
  • Sold 8 pair of shorts and 12 tee shirts for $30 through a buy/sell/trade site on Facebook.
  • Shopped online for clearance on January 1st
    • Purchased: 8 tee shirts and 5 pair of shorts for $50
  • Easter presents: Swim trunks with matching rash guard and swim shoes (all for upcoming beach vacation!), plus a Minecraft tee.
  • Shoes – Nike basketball shoes, only used on the court
  • Upcoming sport is t-ball, purchased 2 sport outfits at Old Navy on 30% off clearance – Woo Hoo!

 

Lane:

  • Nothing fit from last year!
  • Sold 8 pair of shorts, 4 pair of jeans, 12 tee shirts for $40 through a buy/sell/trade site on Facebook.
  • Shopped online for clearance on January 1st
    • Purchased: 5 tee shirts and 6 shorts for $50
  • Easter presents: Swim trunks with matching rash guard and swim shoes (all for upcoming beach vacation!), plus a Padre’s shirt for baseball season.
  • Shoes – Nike basketball shoes, only used on the court
  • Upcoming sport is baseball, purchased 3 sport outfits at Old Navy on 30% off clearance – Woo Hoo!

 

 

How do you save money on clothes? Do resale shops or clearance work better for your family? Share your tips in the comments below!

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