Since summer is here I have been getting rid of winter clothing for my kids and I have a large bag of clothes. Now you might say that’s good for 2 kids but for my budget that’s not good. I try to buy my kids big sizes so that they can at least wear clothes for 2 winters my son I has been doing good but this little girl of mine outgrows clothes and shoes like the weeds that grow in my front yard. I usually stay on budget when it comes to buying my kid’s clothing and shoes.When shopping my rules are:
- 10 outfits for the summer for each of them and
- 10 outfits for the winter for each of them.
- As far as shoes I don’t buy a bunch of different colors I only buy shoes in white, black, and brown.
- I buy them each a pair in each color and I buy the next size up so they wear it for a while.
- For the summer I buy flip-flops( or other cheap shoes) that I pay no more than 10 dollars for.
After all of this strategizing, I still find it still hard to shop for them with a budget in mind. Even though I use layaway the clothes are still costing me an arm and a leg. After asking for advice, many people have told me to go to garage sales or consignment stores to shop; however, I don’t know how I feel about getting clothes second hand especially when I don’t really know where they came from. If I do get used clothes it’s from people I know.
I even shop at places that are reasonable like: Target, Children’s Place, Old Navy, etc. but I still spend a lot of money for my kids to grow out of within the next year. Even though I hate to get clothes from other people I was thinking of maybe starting a website for moms who have gently used clothing that they want to sell( or give away) to others. Maybe they have clothes that their kids never wore and they want to make sure they go to a good home that will appreciate them.
What do you think about this idea? How do you shop for your kids for each season? Any tips or advice?