As spring or fall approach I know what my next big task is – pull out that tote of kids’ clothes and start sorting. What fits? What doesn’t? What do I need?
When it comes to kids’ clothes, are you getting the most for your money? Kids’ clothes are expensive and they wear them for such a short amount of time. If your kids have hit a “growing trend” you can start getting clearance summer clothes now for next year. Lucky for me Hanna seems to change clothing sizes in the middle of the season so I have to get 2 full wardrobes for her each season. (Sarcasm)
The next thing is to start going through last winter’s clothing. What still fits? What is too small? What gets passed down? Make a list of what you need. Knowing this ahead of time WILL save you money. That way when there is a sale you can look at your list and buy. You aren’t stuck going to the store and grabbing what you “think” you need. I find that almost always leads to short on something and way too much of another. When you have the list, also try to set a price point for items – $X for shirts – depending on style, $X on pants. I pay $2-3 for nice t-shirts, $5 on button down shirts, and $5 on good jeans. Very very rarely I splurge above that on something SUPER nice.
Now you are ready to check out Craigslist,, E-Bay, Amazon, yard sales, consignment sales, and great deals at Department stores.
There is no point to paying full price when you can be prepared and pay less. Think of the Starbucks you could treat yourself to with that savings, the new outfit you could buy, or money in the savings account.
If you plan well it shouldn’t be too hard to save on the area where money goes so fast.
As kids’ consignment sales come I will post about them like I did in the Spring. If I see a great Department store sale I will try to let you know. Yard sales, E Bay, and Amazon – you’re on your own. I mean, I can’t do ALL the work for you!
What is YOUR $$ goal for this winter? I spent almost $300 for summer on 3 kids – 1 who was able to wear some handy me downs and 1 who needs 2 different sizes through out the season. I sure hope her growing slows down because she is going to be an Amazon otherwise.
My goal this winter is $250, including boots and coats. However, my husband had this silly thought I could do it for $150. Can I prove him right? I admit, I do have a one up because I got a deal on boys’ pants with last springs’ money. I just need jeans for them and I am set on their pants. Oooo, which reminds me. Some one gave me some boys’ clothes the other month, Better check sizes on those.