If all parents could agree on one universal principle, it would be that kid’s clothing can be way overpriced. Your children have to wear clothing, which means major costs adding up quickly. Over the years, I have found ways to create a budget-friendly kid’s wardrobe without breaking the bank. Check out seven of my tips below.
#1. Hand Me Downs
When I was a kid, my parents always seemed to have to hand me downs given to them for us. However, in today’s society, it’s a little tougher to find hand me downs. I’m very vocal with the fact that I love to hand me downs and if anyone is feeling generous, I’m open to receiving them. While some people think this is tacky, I think it’s a great way to build a budget-friendly kid’s wardrobe.
My three boys survived off of hand me downs. We would rotate clothing. When my 10-year-old doesn’t fit something, we pass it on to the 6-year-old than the 5-year-old.
#2. Don’t Go Name Brand
Name brands are wonderful and there are a million and one reasons to buy them. I’ve noticed that non name brand clothing does work in the same capacity as the name brand clothing. Avoid name brand clothing at regular cost and buy second hand or on sale. This will help you build a tremendous budget-friendly kid’s wardrobe.
#3. Swap Clothing
There’s a huge fad online called “swapping.” It may sound a bit strange, but it’s a great way to save money on kid’s clothing. Find a Facebook group that encourages swapping of children’s items and go for it. Most of the time, the item is given away and all you pay for is shipping. Of course, you are asked to donate your used clothing as well, so others can benefit in the same way.
#4. Flea Markets
Just like garage sales or yard sales, flea markets are a great way to build up a kid’s wardrobe. I have found that flea markets are great for shoes, coats, and even socks and underwear. Those items can get extremely expensive and it’s nice to get those items for a smaller price tag.
#5. Go Simple
Kid’s clothing can get pretty complicated and we try to keep ours as simple as possible. We try to go for plain pants that will match any shirt we can find. Plainclothes are also less expensive than clothing with graphics.
#6. Put Together Outfits
If a mom or dad were to look in their kid’s closet right now, they will notice there’s a lot in there. When you’re putting together the next season’s wardrobe for your kids, put together outfits. Also, keep in mind that your child will be okay with a certain amount of pants and shirts. However, you know your child best, so it’s hard to put a number on the amount that they need.
#7. Get Choosy
When you’re picking out second-hand items, you really need to be choosy. Just because you are buying it “while on a budget” doesn’t mean you can’t pick out quality.
Creating that perfect kid’s wardrobe should be fun and exciting. Use my tips to help you put together a budget-friendly kid’s wardrobe. What are your best tips for creating a budget-friendly kid’s wardrobe?
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April 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm
“Hand me downs ” are really no brainer, I do that for all my kids. I have really never thought of buying clothes from flea market, now that you’ve said it, I will look into it