Without a doubt, we moms are awesome. In fact, half the time I have no idea how we manage to do everything in the time span of 24 hours, but we do. Stretched between my job, driving kids to school (sometimes even picking them up when hubby Mike can’t), preparing them meals, entertaining friends, setting time aside for Mike and me (when we can), working out – in a word, making our house a home – I have another chore to think about – our family budget!
One of the biggest dents in our budget is clothes. As a family of five, which include our three kids, it is important to stay on track when it comes to our budget. Thankfully, I’ve been able to pick up a few things here and there on how to make the most of our budget and stay with the fashion trends when shopping for our kids. And I’m bringing those tips for you lovely moms (and dads).
Reuse, Reuse, Reuse
If you have a big family like us, one of the ways to save on clothes is by reusing clothing pieces between the siblings as they grow out of them. For example, your youngest may wear the middle’s clothes, while the middle can wear the oldest’s outfits or so forth. Besides minimizing cost and teaching your children a valuable lesson on sharing, your kids would have unique pieces that they could then make it their own depending on their style and taste.
Go for second-hand
Second-hand buys are pretty great, when you think about it. Just like your kids have quickly outgrown their garments so have other kids, which chances are that parents have decided to donate them to on a second hand store. Now thrift shops and consignment stores may give some pause, but they are actually fantastic places to find great quality (and even new with tags) clothes for your children that are exactly on trend. The key is to take the time to find those great finds.
So check out some second-hand stores in your neighborhood; you may even discuss it with other moms and see if they’ve got some tips on where to find quality clothing items for a fraction of department store prices. Or even better – do what moms from my street and I did – we’ve made a mini pact where we trade clothes of our kids (they are all close in age) as they grow out of it. It’s sanitary and a pretty great way to bond.
Explore Online Shopping
If you still haven’t joined the online world, specifically online shopping then you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s amazing what you can find on the Internet from discounted clothes for girls and boys to easy-to-use cashback sites. You’ll find everything there!
I love it that I can purchase stuff while on my lunch break or in between meeting. All it takes is some browsing through different online stores for price comparisons and major sales and you’ll soon be finding some amazing clothes for your children.
Take proper care
Properly caring for your children’s clothes is a safe way to save a buck. It’s simple – the better they’re cared for, the longer they’ll serve their purpose and look as good as new.
Use quality detergents and fabric softeners when you wash, clean, dry and iron the clothes. Try to green up your cleaning routine as harsh chemicals are never a good idea, no matter how terrible the stains are (and yes, I am talking about those chocolate smudges all over their shirts). I like to follow the directions on the label to make sure I’m taking the best care of my kids clothes.
Well, dear parents, I hope my tips were helpful! Feel free to share any budget saving tips you may have as well. We would love to hear them!