I’m a realist. I know that in order to travel with your family, you need to save up some money. Traveling can be expensive! This is especially true if you want to go somewhere far away (and why wouldn’t you?). There are ways I try to cut back on our family’s spending in the long run, so I can set aside funds for leisure travel (we have career necessitated travel as well).
How to Save Money on Kids Clothes
One of the ways I try to save money is by spending as little as possible on clothes for our family. When Ksena was a baby I used to shop at Baby Gap on the clearance rack, but I have learned my lesson about that. With three kids, Baby Gap is too expensive, even with their best sales. But the trick is that I need clothes that last. The goal isn’t to buy the cheapest clothes available, but to buy affordable clothes that can be worn by several different children, survive countless washes, be easily stain treated, and last through whatever different fashion trends may arise. There are three main ways I save money on clothing, and two of them are online!
This online consignment store is my absolute favorite. I also buy most of my own clothing on this website, and since I can alter clothes, I can fix things that don’t fit me perfectly. But back to kids clothes. ThredUp just had their first 99 cent sale, where thousands of items were 99 cents. I got almost all of the school clothes I need for my oldest daughter for next year. I also found some summer dresses for my youngest and some cute button up shirts for my little man. Normally the prices range from $5 to $15 per item, which I find extremely affordable. The best way to save money through Thredup is to purchase used jeans, winter coats, and dress clothes. They have name brand items from Gap, Old Navy, Osh Kosh B’gosh, Ralph Lauren, and Gymboree (just to name a few). I wish the would ship internationally, but for now I will have to be content shipping things to my dad’s house and waiting until we can put them in someone’s suitcase or ask him to send them to us. Last year they even offered ThredUp cash back when you spent a certain amount on “Back To School” clothes. I used those store credits to get a few things for my little guy and a wonderful sweater dress for myself.
Let me start by saying, don’t bother going to a Crazy 8 retail store in the mall. Their website has much more in terms of selection, especially sale items. They also have a lot more to offer in sizes on the website. Last year I stumbled upon a Crazy 8 $2.99 t-shirt sale. I think Diana Wrote mentioned it, or maybe it was Scattered Thoughts… I can’t remember. Regardless, I decided to order a few of their shirts and see how they stood the test of time. I have to say, I am very happy with these shirts. They are responsive to stain treatment, wash well, and are the girls’ favorites. I only bought one for my youngest daughter, which was a huge mistake, because she tries to wear that one shirt every single day. Right now Crazy 8 is having their winter sale, complete with $2.88 shirts. I just bought all the t-shirts the girls will need for next winter, and they are super cute! I also got a few PJ sets for little mister, they were on sale for $6.88 a set, which is comparable to the Carter’s Outlet Store. And that brings me to my final clothes shopping favorite.
My mother-in-law lives considerably close to a very popular Outlet Mall in Southern California. This is my last stop for kids clothes. Did you know that you can use many Carter’s and Gymboree coupons at the their outlet stores? If you go when they first putting out new stuff for the season, you can get the clothes that were switched out last year, having been previously abandoned in their storage area, and the prices are super low. I was able to get all the winter pajamas I needed for my youngest two kids for under $100. Since I’m only in the US once every two years, I plan ahead and purchase accordingly.
Bonus Plan – Ebay
I don’t know how you feel about shopping on Ebay.com for kids clothes, but you can get really good deals. I like to shop for lots (clothes grouped together in similar sizes for specific seasons), that way I can get several outfits for a good prices, and not have to spend too much on shipping. Last year I got four pajama sets for my oldest that would have been $20 a set individually for a total of $20 with shipping. I have no had very good luck with feetsie pajama onesies from there though, as the feet usually fall apart pretty quickly after I start using them. My new plan has been to buy them new from the Carter’s Outlet Store.
I hope you are able to find a few great deals and save some money for your next family vacation with these true and tested tips.