How to Get Your Kids a Spring Wardrobe on a Budget
The cost of buying your kids clothes can quickly add up, especially when they are younger and need new items every single year. Luckily, there are some simple ways to get your kids a spring wardrobe on a budget. From how to find great deals to how to make do with fewer items, we’ve gathered the best tips for kids’ clothing on a budget.
How to Find a Great Deal
One of the best ways to find a great deal is to look for gently used clothing. You can find free or incredibly affordable gently used items.
Consider shopping at/on:
- Garage sales
- Thrift stores
- Facebook Marketplace
- Facebook groups
Host a Clothing Swap
Another amazing way to get gently used clothes is to plan a clothing swap. Encourage everyone to bring used clothing they don’t need anymore. Then, organize the items by size and have everyone pick a few pieces to take home. As a bonus, you get to clean out your kids’ closets.
Take Advantage of Hand-Me-Downs
If you have friends or family with older children, hand-me-downs are another great way to get gently used clothing for free.
Where to Shop to Stretch Your Dollar
If you plan on buying new items for your kids, focus on the clearance racks at your favorite stores. You can even plan ahead and buy clothes that will fit your kids in a year or two.
You can also look at discount retailers or other stores known for their affordable kids’ clothing. Some popular suggestions that typically have great deals include:
- TJ Maxx
- Surplus or bargain stores
- Baby Gap
- Cookie’s Kids
- French Toast
- Nordstrom Rack
- Old Navy
- OshKosh B’Gosh
- Target (especially Cat and Jack brand)
- The Children’s Place
Save even more by doing the following:
- Sign up for emails to get exclusive discounts
- Use rewards programs
- Shop off-season
Get Creative with Old Clothes
With some creativity, you can repurpose some items your kids already have for the spring. For example, have pants with holes in them? Cut them into shorts. Is a dress getting too short? Maybe it can become a shirt. Are pants stained or ripped? Add a patch.
Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Your Kids
One secret to getting a spring wardrobe for your kids on a budget is to opt for a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is made up of items that all work together, so you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching. You get more total outfits out of fewer individual pieces. As a bonus, your kids can pick their outfits, and you know they’ll match.
The easiest way to create a capsule wardrobe for your kids is to choose just a few brands as well as a color palette.
With the above tips, your kid will be well-dressed throughout spring without putting a strain on your budget.