Kids can be quite expensive, and of course their clothing is no exception. I’ve had two children, and bought gifts for countless baby showers, but I still find myself surprised at the sky-high prices of baby clothes. It’s amazing how quickly little onesies and tiny outfits can break the bank! In my years buying baby clothes I’ve learned a few tricks that helped me keep my budget in check while still dressing my kids cute! Here are 5 creative ways to save on baby clothes! contains affiliate links
1. Craigslist – Craigslist.com can be a great resource for finding high quality used (and sometimes never worn!) baby clothing. Just run a search in your area for whatever size baby clothing you need and browse the results!
2. Consignment Shops – Search the yellow pages to see if there is a kids consignment store near you. Most consignment shops offer discounts or special rates for people who are buying and selling in their shop. You can sell the clothes your child has outgrown in the shop and use the money you make to buy new clothing in the store! This has worked great for our family.
3. Buy Next Season’s Clothing on Clearance – This requires some planning ahead. When browsing clearance racks, calculate what size your baby should be in the next year and buy the clearance clothing accordingly. For example, this fall, you can purchase next year’s summer clothing at a deep discount. If you watch the sales closely, you can often get 80% or more off really cute clothing! Even if the clothing doesn’t fit next year, you can use your contacts at the consignment shops and re-sell the new clothes! Either way it can be a great opportunity for you!
4. Diapers at Home – When you are at home, let the baby crawl around in only a diaper. Between spit up, and diaper explosions, babies can easily go through half a dozen outfits a day. Letting them live in just a diaper at home, can save you several outfit changes a day, which means you won’t have to buy as many outfits per size. Baby will probably prefer it anyway, both my kids do!
5. Ask for Hand-me-Downs – It never hurts to ask friends/family if they have any hand-me-downs to share. Babies and Toddlers are too young to know or care that their clothing is second hand. It can never hurt to ask on facebook if anyone has clothing of a certain size for sale or trade. Most people are more than willing to pass along their unused baby clothes after their kids have outgrown it! Just be sure to ask if they want it back when your child is done with it.
Using any or all of these tips can drastically reduce the cost of clothing your baby or toddler! These are tried and true tips that have helped my friends and I save hundreds of dollars on each of our children!
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What about you? Have you found any creative ways to save on baby clothes?