When you have kids, buying clothing is a huge expense (that never ends!). That's why once I figured out the best ways to save money on kids clothes, it made life so much easier!
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As a mom of four, I know how expensive clothes shopping can be. It seems like the seasons change faster than my kids change their underwear! Before you know it we've gone from summer shorts, tanks and flip flops to oh-my-gosh-it's-back-to-school-and-my-kids-have-no-clothes!
Over the years I've discovered ways to shop on the cheap and not break the bank. I've shopped local as well as online, and I've even come across a few great resources that I'm excited to share with you.
The Best Way to Save Money on Kids Clothes Locally
This was my absolute favorite when my kids were babies and toddlers. Let's face it, babies grow out of their clothes so fast that they really don't wear them very long. You can find a ton of stuff that's still in great shape at garage sales, and at very affordable prices.
(Or your local second hand store- we have New to You)- You can actually find some high end brands here if you know what you're looking for. Although there are certain things I won't buy here (yes, I draw the line at socks and underwear, no matter how small), I have gotten my kids a few cute items at these places. We always seem to find dresses at New to You.
I belong to several Buy Sell Trade type groups in my town, and have found several good deals there. Again, depending on what you're looking for. It seems like most people in these type of groups are very open to negotiation so you might score an even better deal than they originally posted.
There are also many Facebook groups that regularly post sales and deals. This makes it very easy to not only save money but also time as you don't have to go scouring the internet to find sales and deals.
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Neighborhood, group or friend clothing swaps
These are a little harder to take part in mainly because it takes someone willing to coordinate the whole thing as well as a location to hold the swap. That being said, I have known a few people that do this regularly and get clothes for their kids absolutely free. They just bring in their bags of clothes their children have outgrown and take home some new duds!
This is one of the easiest and one of my favorites, simply because I love getting something for free, no matter how small of a something. As a JC Penney credit card holder, even when I don't owe anything on my card I get coupons in the mail, and there is usually a $10 off $10 or more coupon. People, don't let that go to waste, even if you're not planning on clothes shopping yet and you have no money to spend on clothing. I always head down to the store and focus (that's the key word here, FOCUS) on finding just a $10 item (or two that add up to $10), whip out my coupon and get it for free! It might only be a t-shirt off the clearance rack or a pack of socks, but by gosh, I'm not going to pass up getting something for free and let that coupon go to waste! (Besides, kids always need shirts..and socks…and everything!)
The same thing goes for online, many stores send out coupons regularly. Just sign up to be on their email list and watch the savings roll in!
The Best Way to Save Money on Kids Clothes Online
I had a really great experience when I ordered from Schoola. If I remember correctly, they were having a special and I wound up getting $50 worth of clothing for free. They have a huge selection of clothing for all sizes, and 40% of all proceeds go to help schools, which I love.
Schoola also has a great referral program, when you refer a friend they get $10 of free clothes and you get a $10 credit as well, how sweet is that? If you'd like to try them out, feel free to use my link here to shop and get $10 off your first purchase.
Although I haven't yet purchased from ThredUp, I do know people who have and are very happy with their purchases. ThredUp sells like-new clothes from brands you love. There is definitely no shortage of kids clothes on their site at prices that won't break the bank. And you get free shipping on orders over $75!
If you decide to try out ThredUp, use this link and get yourself $10 off your first order. Then if you refer a friend (or two, or ten) you'll also get $10 for every new customer who makes a purchase. This can add up quickly and really allow you to save even more money clothes shopping. Sounds good, huh?
I'll admit that I unsubscribed from receiving Zulily's emails for awhile. Not because I didn't like their stuff, but because I was tempted to shop for products every single day! Zulily offers new items at rock bottom prices, up to 70% off! You can really find cheap kids clothes here!
Zulily has a referral program as well. You can earn a $15 credit for each new member who joins using your personal link after they complete their first purchase. If you'd like to use mine (I'd really appreciate it and I'll love you forever!) you can do so here.
Shop with Ebates
Ebates is a site that allows you to earn cash back when you shop online. Even though it's technically making money, it allows you to get affordable kids clothes as it's almost like getting items on sale!
I also like that Ebates helps me find the best places to buy children's clothes online. They work with so many stores that you can easily narrow down your search and find your favorites.
What other ways to save money on kids clothes do you know of, or have you tried? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!
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