I love my fellow-bloggers women who dedicate their lives to their families and find time, a minute or a second, to blog about some of the most important issues and provide tips and savings galore. All done in the name of helping each other to make our daily lives easier, happier, more fulfilled.
What an honor to spotlight my blogging buddies on my blogging patio! And what an excitement when they come to visit with some goodies – their tips and proven methods to do and make things better, quicker, with more savings.
Today, we are celebrating a mom of two kiddos who works ardently to pick the best ways, places and methods to save for your own family. Every day.
Please welcome Kate Sorensen who blogs from Coupon Cravings. She will share her ways of saving in the household full of kids!
Without much ado, here’s my fellow-blogger and mom, Kate Sorensen.
As a mother of two, Kate knows how easily prices can quickly add up when you’re clothing children. This article is just another demonstration of her dedication to the consumer savings industry and helping people save wherever possible, especially during economic hardship.
Kids are expensive. As much fun as it is to have a little toddler around the house, the unavoidable fact is that they will either grow out of their clothes or ruin them within only a short while. How can a parent possibly keep up while sticking to a budget? Follow these simple tips to find children’s clothing that won’t break the bank.
Use Coupons & Find Deals
The easiest strategy for finding clothes for cheap is to use coupons. Coupon directories offer wide selections of free coupons to take advantage of on your next trip to the store, as well as other general savings tips. Also be sure to search the Internet for other bargains or sales the retailers may be offering to maximize your savings.
You may be hesitant to buy used clothing for your children, but it can save you a small fortune. First, look in consignment stores for pieces that are almost new but cost a fraction of the new price. Some stores even have wish lists, where you can request to be contacted when certain items arrive. Consignment stores also sell children’s furniture and toys, making them great stops for items other than clothing as well.
Even better, if your child grows out of a piece of clothing after only wearing it a few times, you can take it back and get partially refunded. Thrift stores, like Goodwill or Salvation Army, are also great places to shop, offering deals like jeans for just $2.
Take Advantage of Seasonal Sales
Buying clothes right after they go out of season will save you a bundle. According to LivingOnTheCheap, you can find sales for as much as 80% off the original prices.
A good strategy is using these sales to stock up for next year – just buy the clothes a little big so that your child will have grown into them when the season rolls around again. This is an excellent way to buy new clothes for used prices.
Buy Play Clothes
Point Shop emphasizes the importance of buying “play clothes” for your kids. These are clothes that can be mix-and-matched and survive the usual roughhousing of children. You can generally find these for cheaper than full outfits and they will last much longer.
It’s easy to enjoy the antics of kids without draining your wallet. Shop for clothing frugally and with an eye towards the future to save the most money. Before you know it, your children will be all grown up and you’ll have accumulated quite a savings.