Maintaining a budget-friendly budget for clothes doesn’t mean your family’s budget-conscious lifestyle has to put up with dated fashion, out of style, and damaged clothing. Families that are frugal employ a variety of tips and methods to ensure their children are stylishly and stylish without breaking the bank.
1.) Play clothes and school uniforms. My boys play hard outside. They love dirt and we joke that their jeans have been “blessed” (holey versus holy). I always insist that they change into their “play” clothing when they come back from school to go out. Play clothes refer to any piece of clothes that have been through a rough time, but can still be used, but not appropriate for the majority of things outside the backyard. However, school uniforms are designed to be used for school events and other activities and places where I want to be dressed in clean, untainted and acceptable clothes. We can save dollars by making sure that we do not have to travel and buy new clothes were destroyed during backyard play.
2.) Bins for clothing to store future clothing. There are bins for clothes located in the attic. These bins have labels based on the size of the clothes inside. Three boys are in our family so I’m aware that the clothes are made for the same sex but if you’re a parent of boys and girls you may want to label them in the likes in the form of “girls size 8” and “boys size 10”. I don’t think about sorting clothes by seasons, only sizes. This makes it easier to find new clothing when the kids outgrow the clothes they already have. If my 14-year old is outgrowing something, the old clothes will be put into the right size bin for the two other children and we shop in the bin that is next in size (see the next paragraph).
I also have bins for clothing to store larger sizes of clothing that I’ve received or found at thrift stores, tag sales or at killer department store sales. This year I came across seasonal-end sales on shirts and coats I couldn’t resist (Columbia winter coats discounted by almost 80percent. I bought four in anticipation of growth over the coming winters and put them in larger bins). Don’t overlook great bargains simply because “My child isn’t that big yet.” I can assure you the child you have will eventually be this size when you’re unable to find anything for sale at a reasonable price , and in the long time, you’ll pay more.
If you’re not able to find space for bins, don’t give up! Keep clothes in bags underneath beds, on the closet’s bottom (or the tops of closets) and on the sofa or “in plain sight” in the form of a chest that appears like an actual table. What you store now for the future is similar to placing money in the bank. And if you were searching for ways to store cash you’d have to think of some creative ways.
3.) Don’t refuse hand-me downs or clothes that you can pass along. I have friends with two boys, one older and the other younger girl. They are aware that they can give their boy’s clothes to me. I go through the clothes, then put them in the right size bin to allow us to’shop for clothing in the future (if there’s no one currently in that size or at the wrong time of the year). Sometimes, the clothes are worn out and they are now camping/play clothes. Sometimes, I’m aware that there will be clothes that my kids won’t or don’t want to wear however they’re still great. I’ll inquire whether they can be returned or if it’s acceptable to give them away or donate them to. Another issue is that a lot of kids get bigger so fast that they wear out clothes before they wear it out. A few hand-me-downs or pass-alongs appear as nice than when they were first purchased!
4.) Make sure you take care of the clothing. This is especially important in the case of several children or intend for more. Be sure to treat spots before you wash them (fels naptha soap makes an excellent laundry bar that removes significant dirt and other spot treaters that are commercially available) Launder clothes in accordance with the label to ensure it doesn’t get damaged and then keep it in a safe place so that you can be able to use them again for other children. Be sure to store clothes in clean containers that keep rodents and bugs out and humidity.
5.) The shopping. This is in turn a follow-up the notion presented by the bins. I am always looking for deals on clothing for our kids. As a mother of three, I believe that eventually the boy will fit into one size or another. As a child I was able to score great discounts on shoes by keeping an eye out for sales (brand-name quality shoes for children that cost less than $10 per pair sometimes) and then storing the shoes in the bin of shoes to use later when they outgrew their current pair.
I buy clearance sales during the season and never miss the racks with 80% off at the time I visit a store. Two of my sons prefer certain clothes and despite this, I’ve never spent more than $7.00 for their clothing. We visited several outlet stores in the winter, and the outlet for sock/underwear offered sales on socks. purchase two packs of socks and receive one for free. This was a saving of $9. I made sure to demon slayer figure stock up and buy larger sizes in anticipation of the fact that I was not always at the outlet, and did not find any sales on socks. This also spared me the hassle and gas cost of running out on a 40 miles round trip to the closest retailer of clothing when I required larger socks.