Ever wonder how other moms cloth their children on a budget?
This week, I switched out a few of the kids closets, something I frankly do not enjoy doing. Keeping the kids attractively and appropriately clothed, for the most part, is quite the chore.
Far from the days of perfectly matched outfits and shoes, I am all about “Just Get ‘em Dressed“, you know? Perhaps there’s an eBook that should be written on the subject. :)
Many moms I know have adult sibs who swap clothes with them, passing the back and forth. What a blessing this is! You will ultimately spend very little on clothing for your children with this type of system in place.
While I’ve never been one, I would imagine military wives have many of the same type of “sister” relationships on bases across America. I would love for someone to speak to that.
I have never been privy to these types of relationships. Granted, once in a while I’ll be blessed with a bag of clothes from someone at church but by and large, I’m on my own.
Second hand stores like “Once Upon a Child” have been good to me over the years, but with inflation and a tough economy, my opinion is that they have priced themselves right out of the market. After months of disappointing price increases there, I’ve been shopping elsewhere.
Goodwill is awesome! They are community-based and help create jobs which gets my vote of approval! The prices are great but selection is haphazard. But when I score, I score big.
Yesterday at Goodwill, I got 17 items for $37.73! This included 8 little boys shirts @ $2.19, three little boy shorts @ $2.19, a very nice pair of women’s winter boots barely used for me at $3.99, another pair of play shoes, two pairs of in package socks, one Gold Toe and cabin socks for .99 each. Great deals! Yet, I desperately needed clothes for 9 year-old Meredith and found nothing.
Kohl’s in another great place for kid’s clothes and fabulous sales, although like everyone else, their prices have increased significantly as well. Nonetheless, if you wait for the sales with the Kohl’s Cash rebates and 20-30% coupons, you can do quite well.
Kohl’s had a nice selection of girl’s play tops and shorts 2/$18. Even at $9, I don’t like that price…yeah, I’m cheap. Or maybe it’s just that I remember when the very same shorts and tops were $2.99-$3.99.
Anywho, being a girl, Meredith is a little more concerned about looking nice and I want her to feel good in her clothes. We got 16 darling items for $113.58, which averaged out to $7.09 each, PLUS I walked out with $20 Kohl’s cash.
Garage sales have kept my kids in very nice duds for years, but once again, with gas at $4.15 a gallon here, I limit my garage saling path to about 5 miles.
Clothing swaps really have my interest, although I’ve never seen one organized in my area. This is where moms bring their kid’s gently used clothing to one location. The organizer would sort and organize. On the “Swap” date, all of the moms would “shop” and take whatever they can use. Everything that’s left would go to Goodwill. I love this idea!
Now it’s YOUR turn! How do you save money on clothes for your kiddos?