How to shop for free (or VERY inexpensive) kids clothing
by Melissa Brodsky
Families spend roughly $2,000 per year on kids clothing. That’s just an average. Many families with more than two children spend much more. That is quite a bit of money spent for clothing that is usually so quickly outgrown.
It makes sense, in these tough economic times, to shop more thriftily for items that kids only will fit into for a season, if even. Instead of putting brand new, expensive clothing on your kids, save that money for a nice family vacation or a brand new television!
Here are our best tips for finding free or inexpensive clothing for kids:
Hand-me-downs: Trade with friends and family. Join local mom clubs where they host clothing swaps. Look for mom swap meets, too. If you can’t find one locally, create your own!
Rummage Sales: If people can find priceless works of art at rummage sales, imagine how easy it will be to find fabulous kids clothing. Arrive early to rummage sales though, the good stuff disappears quickly!
Consignment/Resale Shops: It’s not uncommon to find designer brands with tags still on them, never worn. People have scored brands like Abercrombie, Polo, Old Navy, Gap as well as big name designers. Also, consider placing your gently used clothing in a consignment shop, it’s a way to make a little money back from all that money spent!
Outlet stores: Outlet malls are located all over the country. Big names for less and that’s a great way to shop. Also, stores like TJ. Maxx and Marshalls offer name brand clothing for a fraction of department store prices. Or visit online outlet stores like Overstock.com or Zulily.
Get thrifty with it: Ok, a bad rap song reference. Salvation Army and other thrift stores are places to find fabulous bargains for kids clothing (and other stuff). Some thrift stores have half off days. Others have by the pound days. You can find entire kids wardrobes for VERY inexpensively.
Online: Auction sites like eBay you can bid on entire lots of clothing! The winning bid can dress a kid for an entire season for less than a single item of clothing. Also, shopathome.com offers discounted shopping PLUS cash back on purchases! For great deals on clothing, right here, shopathome.com clothing coupons offer fabulous discounts.
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