Clothes are so expensive for kids. Seriously, a baby only wears clothes for 3 months before they outgrow them!
Coming from a woman who still has clothes from high school (a dozen years ago for me!), replacing my kids wardrobes so often is like nails on a chalkboard for me!
We get lots of hand-me-downs, but those usually come with clothing that is stained or ruined in other ways or clothes with messages that I won’t let my kids wear. We of course keep our older kid’s clothes for the younger ones.
But even with all those hand-me-downs, we still have to buy clothes. We only buy used clothes because on average, they resale for about 1/3 of their original price. You can get even better deals. Here are some easy ways to get kids’ clothes cheap that I have discovered.
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Buying used can be as easy or as hard as you make it. I personally don’t care about brands so that has never been a concern for me. However, I do know ladies whose kids only wear secondhand name brand clothes.
They shop often, usually only buying one or two pieces of clothing at a time. Some trips they come home with nothing. Their shopping trips have a list, they stick to it, and they do not make purchases on impulse.
Tips for shopping second hand
For those who insist on buying new, you do have options.
Last, I want to add that those in dire need can check out churches and charitable organizations. They often have kids’ clothes closets where families can pick out a certain number of items for free, like a food pantry. Look for these to be most active around back to school time.
With a little effort and planning, one can clothe their children for cheap and still be stylish and well dressed.
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