When I found out I was having a girl, I could not wait to spend my entire paycheck go clothes shopping for her. She would have her own style, for sure. A laid back, bohemian vibe. She would wear matching accessories like scarves and hats and headbands and little booties. And she would only dress in Tea, Hanna and Hatley.
Then I actually had P.
And started buying dozens of burp cloths.
And millions of white onesies.
And billions of diapers.
And started reeeaaaally paying attention to price tags.
Let’s just say reality started to set in. Babies were expensive. How could one itty bitty little lady cost so much? I knew I had to cut back, and hated to admit that the super duper cute clothes I was buying were contributing to the problem. Three week old babies didn’t care what they were wearing, and honestly, some of the frilly, uber-girly stuff looked a little silly anyway.
Here are a few things I did to start saving on clothes:
- I joined Facebook groups.
Arlington Closet Sharers, Boston-Area High End Baby Clothes and Boston Tea Party are a few that I immediately friended. There’s a bunch of local, friendly ladies looking to unload their gently used clothes. I browse through pics weekly, comment on what I’m interested in and more often than not, I can pick up the items that week – usually off of someone’s porch while leaving the money owed in their mailbox. Easy stuff.
- I checked out consignment shops.
I feel like used clothing stores can get a bad rap. But the children’s ones are on serious lock down. Everything’s in great condition and they have strict policies put in place to ensure you’re only getting the highest quality items. Some of my favorite ones in the Boston area are Growing Up in Belmont, The Little Fox Shop in Arlington and one of my favorites is Buttons and Bows in Acton. It’s a little bit of a drive from the city, but so worth it.
- I accepted hand me downs.
It’s like a baby explosion in my circle. Literally friends are having babies left and right. And when my girlfriends were having their second, third and last kids, they were looking to unload tons of stuff quickly and easily. Not just clothes but bouncers, jumperoos, swings – all those things that cost a million dollars and that babies use for like two weeks. If your girlfriends are offering you stuff, just take it. Trust me, they want it out of their house. And they want it out fast.
- I started shopping sales.
I know this one sounds intuitive, but when a season was ending, I would stock up on larger sizes for next year. So I bought 2T bathing suits (for $5!) in September, even though P was 1. And vice versa for winter. I usually ended up doing this for big ticket items (like snow suits, jackets or boots). The only downside? Storing really cute things away for months at a time. But hey, when I took it out of storage, it was like Christmas morning all over again.
So there you have it. A few easy tips to saving money on kid’s clothes. Do you have any others to add to the list? Add them in the comments below!