According to me, having children is the most beautiful thing that could ever happen to a human being. While they are smiling at you and learning to say “Mommy and Daddy” (in my daughter’s case, her first word was “more” at the dinner table!), they are also digging a hole bigger and bigger in your monthly budget. Baby clothing is probably one of the most expensive things after diapers (but there is no way I am going to cut in diapers!).
Along the way, we learned a few tricks in order to save a few bucks on our children clothes. The most depressive thing is that they only last for a few months before you kid grows bigger and can’t wear them anymore. There is nothing like buying your daughter a skirt at $30 that she wears 2 times before she can’t fit in it anymore!
Ask for clothe as gifts
When you do your baby shower, at Christmas and at their birthday ask for baby clothing. You may think this is not the type of gift that will make a big hit at a birthday party but you could be surprised. My son is turning 3 this summer and he asked (in order) for a dinosaur shirt, a spider-man shirt and for racing car toys. If you are not convinced, you can always ask people to buy a piece of clothe and a small toys. But between you and me, before they turn 3, they don’t really care about which toys they receive. My son is almost as excited to play with his train as he is drawing on a piece of paper.
Buy used clothes
Some stores are now specialized in used baby clothes. I was astonished when my wife showed me what she found in these stores. Since children wear their clothes not more than 5 to 10 times, they are like new stuff, but you pay less than 50% its retail value! The only great place to find such deals is in garage sales. Spot the richest part of your city and go take walks over summer time. You will be able to buy $30-40 piece of clothe for prices as low as $2 a piece! This is the only way I was able to dress my children in “Baby Gap” and other brands for only a small fraction of the price!
This is another of my wife great found. She came back one day with a bag full of little girl skirts and shirts. As she was showing them to me I found that they were nice looking children clothes but I couldn’t stop thinking about the bill that will come up, hidden at the very bottom of the bag. But there was nothing! She actually some of our son’ stuff and exchange it for free girl outfits with one of her friend that had a girl and was waiting for a little boy. This is another great (and cheap!) way to give another life to a piece of tissue that would have slept for years in a box in our garage!
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