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Children grow quickly, so you’ll need to keep up with their rapidly changing sizes. But doing this can become expensive over time. Help your child to grow into their new clothes without breaking your wallet. Here is how to update your child’s closet on a budget.
Set Your Budget
Before purchasing clothes, you’ll want to create a budget for how much you can spend while shopping. This budget will help you to stay within your financial goals while getting your child what they need. There are many ways you can save money and stick to a budget that works for you.
Try to determine what your child needs the most. Are they bursting out of their shoes? Or can they last a few more months in their current size? Prioritizing your child’s clothing needs will help you determine where you need to spend more to complete your child’s wardrobe and where you can afford to cut back.
Buy Out of Season
Similar to holiday decorations, most seasonal clothing will go on sale as they phase out of necessity. As such, the end of a season is a great time to stock up on future sizes that your child will grow into. Shopping out of season means that you’ll get more for your money.
Find Good Deals Online
There are many online marketplaces where you can buy secondhand children’s clothes at a great price, such as the Facebook Marketplace. These platforms allow you to find children’s clothing in your area for a fraction of the retail price. Other digital marketplaces include Poshmark or Mercari, where you can buy and sell secondhand clothing. Then, when your child has outgrown their current size, consider selling their clothes online for extra cash.
Swap With Other Moms
Ask family members and friends if they have any used wardrobe pieces that their child doesn’t need anymore. Another cost-effective way to find new clothing for your child is to connect with other moms in your community. Doing this encourages friendship, support, and eco-friendly habits within your neighborhood.
Sign Up for Newsletters
Getting the newsletters to your kid’s favorite stores can save you so much money so you shop when there are good deals going on while not sacrificing on quality items. Some of my favorite newsletters to be a part of for kids’ clothes are Old Navy, Children’s Place, and Carters.
Updating your child’s closet doesn’t have to carry a hefty price tag. Using thrift stores and local resources can help you cultivate a cost-effective new wardrobe for your child as they grow.