A budget-friendly approach to clothes doesn’t mean your family’s budget-conscious lifestyle has to wear outdated fashion, out of style, and old-fashioned clothes. Families that are frugal employ a variety of tips and methods to keep their kids fashionable and stylish without breaking the bank.
1.) Play clothes and school uniforms. My boys play hard outside. They love dirt and we make fun of the fact that their play clothes have been “blessed” (holey versus holy). I always insist that they change into their “play” clothes once they return back from school to go out. Play clothes refer to any piece of clothes that have been through a rough time, but can still be used, but not suitable for all things that are beyond the backyard. However, school clothes are intended to be worn for school or other occasions and places where I want to dress in untidy, clean and acceptable clothing. We can save dollars by making sure that we do not need to leave and buy new clothes they damaged in playtime.
2.) Storage bins for clothes for future clothing. There are bins for clothes located in the attic. These bins have labels based on the size of clothing inside. We have three boys , so I’m sure the clothes are made for the same sex however if you have boys and girls you may want to label them according to the categories that of “girls size 8” and “boys size 10”. I do not bother to categorize clothes by seasons, only sizes. This makes it easier to locate new clothes as children grow out of what they own. If my 14-year old is outgrowing something, the old clothes are put in the appropriate size bin for the two other children. We then’shop’ in the bin that is next in size (see the next paragraph).
I also have bins of clothing for bigger sized clothes I’ve either received or found at thrift stores, tag sales or department store sales that are killer. In one year, I came across season-end discounts on shirts and coats that I could not resist (Columbia winter coats at a price reduced by almost 80percent. I purchased four in anticipation of growth over the coming winters and stored them in larger bins). Don’t overlook great bargains simply because “My child isn’t that big yet.” I’m sure the child you have will eventually be the same size when you are unable to find anything for sale at a reasonable price , and in the long the end, you’ll be spending more.
If you’re not able to find space for bins, give it up! Place clothes in bags under beds, on the closet’s bottom (or the tops of closets) or on the sofa or “in plain sight” in an item that is designed to look like tables. Anything you can put away in the present for later use is similar to placing money in the bank. And if you were searching for ways to store cash you’d need to come up with some ideas.
3.) Don’t refuse hand-me downs or clothes that you can pass along. I have many friends with two boys, one older and the other younger girl. They are aware that they are able to pass on their boy’s clothing to me. I go through the clothes and put them in the appropriate size bin to allow us to’shop for clothing in the future (if there’s no one currently in that size or not in the right season). Sometimes, the clothes are worn out and they are now camping/play clothes. Sometimes, I am aware that there are clothes that my kids won’t or will not wear, however they’re still great. I’ll ask whether they can be returned or if it’s acceptable to give them away or to donate. Another thing to consider is that children develop so fast that they wear out clothes before they can wear the clothes. A few hand-me-downs or pass-alongs appear as nice than when they were first purchased!
4.) Be sure to take care of your clothing. This is particularly important in the case of several children, or are planning to add more. Be sure to treat spots before you wash them (fels naptha soap can be a fantastic laundry bar that removes significant dirt and other spot-treat products available in the market) Launder clothes according to the label so that it doesn’t get damaged and then keep it in a safe place so that you can be able to keep them for future children. It is important to keep clothing in clean bins that protect you from rodents and bugs and humidity.
5.) Shop for deals. This is a reversal and builds on the concept presented in the bins. I constantly look out for bargains on clothing for our kids. As a mother of three, I realize that at some point the boy will fit into one size or another. When they were young I was able to find great bargains on sneakers by keeping an eye out for sales (brand-name premium children’s shoes for less than $10 per pair sometimes) and putting the shoes in the bin of shoes to use later when they outgrew their current pair.
I buy clearance sales during the season and never miss the racks with 80% off at the time I visit a store. Two of my kids prefer certain clothes, and despite this, I’ve never spent more than $7.00 for their tops. We visited several outlet demon slayer figure stores in the winter and the sock/underwear store offered sales on socks. purchase two packs of socks and receive one for free. It was a savings of $9. I made sure to stock up and buy larger sizes in anticipation of the fact that I was not always at the outlet and had did not find any sales on socks. This also spared me the hassle and gas of rushing out for the 40-mile round-trip trip to the nearest retailer of clothing when I required larger socks.