Dressing Kids Nicely on a Budget
The best clothes for your children are not always the most costly ones. You can buy affordable clothes at thrift stores, yard sales and online auctions. Use these ideas to dress your kids nicely on a budget.
Bring the kids. Always try to shop with the kids along, so you can be sure whether the clothes fit them right and not waste money. Try on the clothing and see if it suits them well. Consider the following – your kid’s clothes should match their height, body type, activity level, and personal taste. Also think about the occasion and the weather the clothes would be worn in.
Buy good quality clothes. You can tell the quality of the clothes just by looking at how the fabric is made. Is it tatty? Does it have bumps in some areas? How perfect is the cut? Ensuring that the clothing has a long life will reduce the later cost of replacing them as they wear out.
Buy in volume. To save money, try to buy clothing separates in bulk. Just be certain that eventually the items will get worn. Think about buying a larger size so that kids who grow quickly may still be able to wear them.
Look for bargains. Discounted clothing prices can be found at various stores when they have sales. You can buy clothes cheaply in off-season sales. Buy these a size larger than what your child currently wears so they will have grown into it when the season does come. Often, consignment stores will have stocks of items people have sold because they no longer liked them. This means they will still be in good order, sometimes with the original tag still on… so look for something your children can wear. This of course also goes for yard sales, eBay and opportunity or thrift stores.
Purchase classic things. Trendy fashion clothing is dearer and quickly gets replaced with newer trends. Seek classic, timeless items that your kids can wear over and over and still look stylish. Just add fashionable accessories to the ensemble to freshen up their looks.
Learn to sew kids’ clothes. There are many benefits to constructing your own clothes for your children. For one thing, you know they will fit really well. You can copy make copies of expensive designer trends using cheaper materials. In addition, you can sew clothes that the kids design through their own efforts. Finally, it can be far more inexpensive than purchasing store-made goods. The only con is that you must invest your own time, talent, and effort. In addition, consider showing your kids that they can stitch together clothing for themselves. This will take some creativity and patience! They may enjoy being useful and clever at the same time.
It’s a practical decision to supply your children with clothes inexpensively. If you spend less money on clothing, you can spend more on toys, vacations, or other things that you want. Enjoy being thrifty!