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School may just have ended, but it isn't too late to start your back to
school shopping - or at least stay in a savings mindset before all the Summer fun leaves you with a tight budget for the fall.
Before you know it, your kids have outgrown their clothes. Hand-me-downs can work to an extent, but there just comes a time when you need to buy more clothes. How can you save on this significant expense? Here are some tips on how to save money on kids' clothes.
The Great American Yard Sale
During the late spring, summer, and early fall, you can make it a habit to go "yard sale-ing" on weekends. If you like, make a list of needed items and take it with you, and scan your newspaper for upcoming yard sales so that you can save on gas (it's fun just to drive around neighborhoods looking, but that does use fuel).
Yard sales are a great place to get those "play clothes" that parents always need - clothes that kids can get dirty and not worry about staining. You can get some really nice clothes at yard sales, too.
Many communities have consignment sales and shops. Consider donating to these sales and shops to make a little money on the side and get a discount at the sale/store. And of course, shopping at these events and stores can save you a bundle.
They'll Grow into It
While you're scavenging these great sales, you are probably going to run across clothes that are not the current size or season for your child. But if it's too big and out of season, your child can grow into it and it will fit the following summer, spring, winter, or whenever. Think about what size your child is likely to be then.
For instance, if you're at a yard sale in July with your 4-year old who wears a 4T, and you find a winter jacket that's a size 5T or even a 6/7, go ahead and buy it.
Join local trade groups on Social Media
Search Facebook or other social media sites for a trade group for the place you live. There could me many, but there's bound to be at least one. You can often find great condition or un-used items at a great price. Consider selling some things of your own that you don't need to put a little aside as well.