Shopping for children’s clothes is never easy and unfortunately it can be quite an expensive exercise. You can always justify spending big dollars on clothes for yourself because at least you don’t grow out of them, but with children it is a different story. Children are also fairly rough on their clothes too, so even if you have more than one child who can benefit from hand-me-downs, sometimes the clothes themselves don’t last the distance. Waiting for end of season sales may not always be practical, particularly as you find your kids will need new clothes at the start of each season to accommodate their recent growth spurt, and if you happen to have a pre teen or teenager then a whole new set of rules apply in regards to your child needing to keep up with the latest fashions. Fortunately, if you are a little more creative with your shopping, you can purchase clothes for your children on a budget.
Shopping online is a fantastic modern revolution and for busy parents can be the key to hunting for great bargains. There are plenty of websites dedicated to children’s clothing, and they are a great place to look for clothing on sale. There is the added bonus of being able to sit in the comfort of your home and take your time comparing prices, something that can be impossible to do when you are out dragging kids around the shops. Online shopping means you don’t make rushed decisions, which can often happen when surrounded by nagging kids. It is also a good way to make sensible clothing choices and build a wardrobe of mix and match items, which will save you money as you create multiple outfits from a handful of pieces.
Shopping at factory outlets is a great way to save money and you will find that there are more than just factory seconds available. Outlets are generally found in surrounding suburbs, so it will pay to research where they are and try and shop in the one area. There are organised shopping trips available where you spend a whole day hopping on and off a coach, and this can be a great way to get your other shopping done as well. These trips can be a lot of fun, so organise your friends and make a day of it.
Second Hand Shops
Second hand boutiques and op shops are a great source of children’s clothing, and you can pick up clothes in really good condition at fantastic prices due to so many other parents having the same problem of kids growing out of things quickly. You will find that some op shops are a treasure trove of great clothes so have a hunt around, you will soon have your favourites. Second hand boutiques are great for when you want to pass on your own children’s clothing, and they generally pay on commission, which is an added bonus.
Have your own Swap Meet
Why not get together with a group of friends and bring all the clothes your children have grown out of and swap them? As well as having a good time with your friends you will all benefit. All parents have the problem of clothes getting little wear before they are too small and recycling your children’s clothing is good for you, the environment and your hip pocket.