This post is written by Fiona Hawkes, who writes about money-saving, frugal living and shopping second hand on her blog www.savvyinsomerset.com. She loves using coupons, buying yellow sticker food and creating thrifty meals for her family. Fiona is also a passionate advocate of buying second-hand clothing and blogs about her finds at www.slowfashionfanatic.com. Find her on social media at Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
5 Ways to Save Money on Children’s Clothes
If you have children then you probably know they can cost a small fortune to clothe! From growth spurts meaning that suddenly nothing fits to leaving their P.E kit on the bus, it may seem like you’re always having to fork out for new items of clothing. To help with this ongoing cost that all parents face, here are five ways to save money on children’s clothes including how you can get big brands for less and make your kid’s clothes last longer.
Shop Second Hand
One of the best ways to save money on children’s clothes is to buy second-hand clothes and there is a myriad of ways you can do this. First up, is buying from charity shops. Smaller town centre charity shops don’t tend to have the biggest range of children’s clothes so opt for one of the bigger ones, which are often found in retail parks, if you can.
Buying clothes through apps such as Vinted, Shpock or Depop is another great way to shop second-hand. Search for bundles or create your own by buying several items from the same seller, which can save you money on postage costs. Another option is Facebook Marketplace where kids’ clothes are typically very cheap and you can collect them from your local area. Also try local Mum 2 Mum markets and clothes swapping parties.
Many parents are selling brand new with tags clothing that have never been worn, either because they were the wrong size, style or season. This means you can often get well-known brands at the fraction of the cost of buying new. This could also allow your budget to stretch further meaning you can afford better quality items that will last longer.
Supermarket School Uniform
From September 2022 a new government bill will be introduced which encourages schools to make school uniforms more affordable for parents. Schools will no longer be allowed to stipulate that parents can only buy uniforms from one set supplier and they must keep requirements for branded schoolwear to a minimum.
This is great news for cash strapped parents as it means many will now be able to buy budget school uniforms from the ranges offered by all of the six major U.K supermarkets where items start from as little as £1. The bill is also encouraging schools to have second-hand uniforms available to all parents.
Buy Out Of Season
Buying out of season simply means taking advantage of sales and putting away clothes ready for next year or next season. This tends to get easier as children get older as they don’t grow quite so quickly and you’ll have a good idea of what size they’ll need in five or six months’ time.
This works especially well for buying more expensive items like coats and boots, which in February and March can have as much as 90% off. Even if you do misjudge sizes slightly it should be fairly easy to sell items on at a cost price and recoup your money.
Make Do and Mend
Fast fashion and cheap, low-quality clothes mean we are far less likely to repair and reuse clothes as we once might have. However, repairing an item so it can be worn even two or three more times makes the original purchase more cost-effective, delays needing to spend money on a new item and is much better for the environment too.
Mid Season Sales
Mid season sales are a great time to grab some bargains if your child seems to have had a bit of growth spurt and it’s not quite yet time to buy them a whole new wardrobe for warmer or colder weather.
It can also be great if you like to shop for particular brands for their quality or styles. One of the best ways to find out about sales is by signing up to your favourite brand’s mailing list so you’ll be the first to know when a sale starts. You can also follow them on social media for updates about sales and discounts.
Final Tips For Saving Money On Children’s Clothes:
- There’s nothing wrong with hand me downs, so do lots of swapping among family and friends.
- If clothes shopping online always go through a cashback site such as TopCashback or Quidco.
- Try the shopping basket trick when shopping online – create an account but don’t purchase anything that’s in your online shopping basket – often brands will send a discount code to encourage you to checkout but you need to be logged in for this to work.
- Always look for a discount or free delivery code before checking out online.
- Don’t remove tags until clothes are worn – if don’t they don’t get worn for whatever reason, they will sell for more with tags on.
Whether you plan to shop secondhand or hit up the sales for next year’s colder months, these tips should help you save money on children’s clothes.