Having a baby can be expensive. One of the major expenses you’ll come across is baby clothes and accessories; such as bibs, sleepers, diaper shirts…and that’s just the beginning. Jenny from Mom Loves Best is here today to tell you how you can save money on clothes during those precious baby years.
Two for the Price of New: How to Save Money on Baby Clothes
By the time your darling wears the outfit twice, it’ll be too small, and you’ll be looking to size up. You’ve heard that phrase “Kids grow like weeds,” right? Well, this gem happens to be true. Don’t spend your hard-earned cash on clothes that will get stained, experience blowouts, or shrink before your eyes as your little one thrives. Instead, save money on baby clothes with these great tips! Here’s how I kept the cost of baby clothes to around $100 each year:
Unite with Other Local Mommas
Your local momma tribe is awesome. There are groups for working moms, stay-at-home moms, work-from-home moms, and single moms. Want to know what’s great about these groups? They share! They swap! They spring clean and just want to pass on their little one’s clothes. Moms love helping moms—just remember the cardinal rule: if it was passed to you and survives, you need to pass it too.
Joining my local moms’ club was an excellent way to make friends and save on clothes. When my darling was just a few weeks old, another mom gave me the cutest bag of baby bibs her daughter had outgrown. It was a small gesture, but it meant a lot! Over the years friends in my moms’ club have passed down everything from holiday dresses to galoshes to play clothes with stained knees (perfect for park play dates). Check out what clubs are in your area and see if you can find a good fit.
Frequent Online Yard Sale Sites
Check out yard sale groups on Facebook to find daily deals on baby clothes. Many parents sell lots of clothes at killer prices. For example, there may be 20 rompers for $15.
Do you have a favorite brand such as Gymboree or Janie and Jack? That’s ok too because Facebook is full of specific brand resale groups where parents post clothing their child has outgrown. Resale groups can be a bit pricier since shipping is involved; however, if you just love a particular line, such groups offer the opportunity to purchase gently used (and sometimes new with tags!) for a significant discount.
My husband was a bit nervous the first few times I agreed to buy something from a yard sale group. Remember safety first and always meet in a public place with plenty of people. I typically ask to meet in the parking lot of our local Target; that way I can save money buying cute clothes and pick up toothpaste in less than 15 minutes!
Become a Bargain Hunter
Who doesn’t love the thrill of the hunt? During the last decade, consignment stores reemerged as popular destinations for children’s clothing. Within a 30 minute drive from my home, there are four great consignment stores for kids’ clothes alone.
I love supporting local family businesses, and consignment stores put money back into the hands of moms consigning their clothes, so it’s a win-win for everyone. I save money on everything from baby bibs to winter coats, support a family-owned business, and help other mommas out. There’s just something relaxing about searching through the racks and finding the cutest outfit ever. And kids grow so fast; I often find clothes with tags still attached.
The stock at these stores changes frequently, so the trick is to shop often to find the best deals.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Similar to consignment stores are large-scale consignment sales. Local entrepreneurs organize huge events where local moms tag clothes and set them up for sale. Great deals abound at these sales, which typically last for a weekend. Best of all? The last day or part of the last day many items are half (or more) off.
All consignment events have their rules, so it’s important to peruse the website and educate yourself. For example, some don’t allow strollers because the aisles are already jam-packed. Others offer discounts for moms who volunteer to work during the sale, and others offer pre-sale tickets for moms who’d like to shop first and with smaller crowds.
Not sure where to find a consignment sale in your area? Check out this great site — it lists sales (and some stores) by state; just click your state and scroll down to find one near you. Typically, these events happen in the spring and winter, but some consignment sales occur quarterly.
Money is a finite resource—use it wisely! Avoid paying full price unless you absolutely have to. These tips and tricks will save you hundreds every year on baby clothes. Money saved is money you can treat yourself with; after all, mothering is hard work and you deserve it.