You already know that I am all about staying on budget, and not living beyond your means. Clothing is no exception to this rule. Here’s how we handle shopping in our family…
- We buy second hand clothes for the kids often. Mainly because they outgrow them in just a few weeks these days! Hear me out…buying used is NOT gross, if you do it the right way! We are NOT ASHAMED of hand-me-downs from friends and cousins in our family! If the clothes are already pretty worn or stained, we pass on them. But often, they look new, because kids grow faster than they can wear everything!
- Every birthday and Christmas, we ask for clothes (because we already have a stupid amount of toys). Your family members love shopping for your little ones. It’s fun for them! Let them do it.
- We do buy them lots of new clothes for the kids, as well. I’m always on the lookout for a good deal. Target has a brand of adorable t-shirts and shorts for less than $5 each. I seem to grab one every time I’m in the store! Stores like Carter’s, Children’s Place, Gymboree, Gap, Etc. all offer free shipping from time to time that you can pair with 50-75% off sales. That is the time to stock up! Of course, I’ll keep you updated on when those sales roll around.
- I have a bit of a different stance than other Frugal Bloggers when it comes to my own clothes. While resale shops can have great finds, I like to buy most of my stuff new. Here’s why….I’m not growing like my children are. If I care for my clothes properly, they will last me years. I would rather buy more expensive, quality jeans that will last me 5 years, rather than buying a cheap pair once a year.
- The key to purchasing clothes is BUDGETING for them! You know you’re going to need more clothes eventually. Budget. Even if you just put in $30 a paycheck, it will add up. (If you don’t have a good budget system in place, check out this post with a free budget download.)
- We are not excessive. We have plenty, but we don’t have the need to shop for new clothes every weekend. I have no shame in being seen in the same shirt twice. I mean, I wear the same two pairs of leggings all week. ha!
- There are many opportunities to resale your clothes. ESPECIALLY kids clothes. You can sell them on a facebook online yardsale, or at an event like Just Between Friends. I sell with them, and it’s so organized and easy. (stay tuned for a post about JBF Katy including some $20 off coupons and free passes!)
- Consider selling your maternity clothes, as well. Women are paying top dollar for that stuff, because it’s so dang expensive at maternity stores. You can use Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, there are so many options out there!
Finally, I FULLY believe in supporting local businesses. If your hometown has a boutique, give them your business. It doesn’t have to be expensive. My best friend’s family owns the CUTEST boutique in my hometown. I live hundreds of miles away from them, but I always support them when I am visiting home. And!!! They just launched their online shopping site, so I’m in heaven.
If you don’t have a local boutique. Check them out. You’ll be supporting a sweet, sweet family, and getting some stinkin’ adorable clothes in the process. Seriously, this family supported me when I lost everything to a flood last year. They supported us financially, emotionally, and spiritually. You won’t meet better people. Salt of the earth. If you don’t have a local boutique, The Shabby Pig is your new go to! AND! Exciting news! I have a special discount code to give you for shopping with them. Use code: “alexz210” to receive 10% off at checkout.
Here are some ideas for all budgets:
Check clearance racks! If you shop after a season is over, you can find some killer deals. I got some Christmas Shirts that were originally $40 for just $7! Can’t wait to rock those next year!
Look for pieces that can be worn many ways. You can dress these up or down!
You can find great pieces at any price point. It’s worth it to spend a little extra for quality clothing. It’s worth it to support your local small businesses! Just make sure you budget for it!
Do you have a favorite local boutique? Share your sweet deals with me in the comments! If you don’t have an awesome boutique to call your own, check out The Shabby Pig online. You won’t regret it! Remember to use my code alexz210 for an extra 10% discount!
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