Anyone who has children knows how fast they grow and how tough they can be on their clothes. It seems like you need to restock their closet every other month. This can put a real dent in your budget; and if you are like many people today, your budget just can’t take that kind of a hit. Here are some tips to help you to be able to afford to keep your children in clothes without sending your budget into shock.
Most people have friends who also have children. If yours don’t quite fit with your children, consider making it an annual event at your children’s school or at your church. This is something that can not only benefit you, it can benefit lots of other parents. You can all bring in your children’s clothes that are in good condition and go away with some other clothes that will fit them better. This can end up being a seasonal event and is a great way to make new friends and get to know other parents.
Get together all the clothes that you have that are still in great shape and bring them to the local consignment shop. After you leave yours, you can look through the other items that are being offered. Chances are you will find lots of new additions for your child’s closet. This is a great way to find an almost new winter coat or even a dress suit. Play clothes are less likely to be here because they are used the most and often are not in good enough condition to be sold at a consignment shop.
Thrift stores like the Salvation Army and Goodwill offer used clothing at very inexpensive prices. This is the perfect place to get all the play clothes you will need to fill your child’s closet. They have regular sales and even certain days when you can get an entire bag filled with clothes for a set price.
Some items can be purchased off-season. It is a great way to buy the things you will need in six months and maybe even in a year. Stores such as Kohl’s have discount racks where they sell things for as much as 80 percent off. You have to be diligent and check the racks regularly to get the best buys.
If you have a membership to warehouse stores like BJ’s or Sam’s, they often have good buys on clothes that are great for your kids. Another option is to check the off-price retailers such as Marshalls or Stein Mart.
It may seem as if you are always buying new clothes for your child or children. In fact, you are, since they all grow like a weed. These are just a few suggestions to help you to restock your child’s closet in the most cost efficient way.