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Kids' Clothes for Less: Tips for Saving Money on Children's Clothing

Apr 9, 2008
Kids grow fast and buying new clothes for them as they change sizes can add up quickly. Fortunately, there are a lot of terrific resources for saving money on clothes. You can buy new or gently used-clothing at big discounts by shopping smart and planning your purchases.

Before you visit any of the places listed in this article, make sure to go through your children's closets and take note of what they need. You can spend a lot of money very quickly with impulse buys. Make a list of how many shirts, pants, skirts or complete outfits each of your children needs. This way you won't be tempted to spend more than you intended just because you saw a great deal.

One of the best resources for low cost kids' clothing is your local consignment shop. These stores are perfect if you need a dress or suit for a special occasion, and they have high quality everyday wear as well. These stores have gently used clothing by brand names. Many of these stores have end-of-the-season sales with even bigger discounts.

Thrift stores often have great deals on kids' clothes. They are normally cheaper than consignment shops, but the clothes may be a little more used. You can also sometimes find brand new clothes with the tags on for cheap. Many thrift stores have sale days where there are extra discounts on certain items. Take advantage of these days and stock up on clothing items.

Yard sales can also be a great resource for cheap kids' clothing, although it does take a bit of legwork. Normally the clothes here are sold in lots by size. You can get an entire wardrobe for just $10 if you shop right. To find yard sales in your area, check the local paper and plan ahead. Look for these yard sales that have specifically advertised having children's clothing. Wake up early on Saturday morning, put on your walking shoes and plan your route. Arrive early for the best selection, or wait until later in the day to get the best prices.

You can also save money on new clothes at specialty stores and department stores by buying wisely. Each time you shop for new clothes, think about how well the clothes will "grow with" your kids. Look for clothes with a little bit of extra growing room. For example, buy boys' pants that can be hemmed up and then let down as your son grows. Search for smock type dresses for your daughter that can later be worn over pants. You'll be able to save money by making the clothing last longer.

Finally, ask friends or family members with older children to start passing down clothes that their children have outgrown. A lot of hand-me-downs have very little wear or tear and are completely usable. Return the favor by passing on clothing to someone you know who has kids younger than yours.

By following these tips, you'll be able to reduce your clothing budget and save money for your kids' future.
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Jamie Jefferson writes for Momscape.com and Susies-Coupons.com, where she shares the web's best online coupons and promotions for discount kids clothing including Limited Too coupons.
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