One thing that I wasn’t worried about when I was pregnant with our first child was how we would pay for baby clothes – I knew there were so many ways to get them for next to nothing.
It is incredibly easy to overspend on cute outfits, shoes they will likely never wear and hats that they always seem to hate on their head – but you really don’t have to. There are so many easy ways to purchase baby clothes very inexpensively.
Below are 4 ways that we spend less on baby clothes.
1. Thrift Stores
These stores are a goldmine for infant clothing at low prices. I can’t remember ever walking into a thrift store and paying more than $2 for article of baby clothing. Sometimes I even got lucky and found brand new items with the tags still attached!
Talize is my favourite thrift store for kids clothes, as I find that they have the best selection. They also have 50% off sales quite often. This is usually when I will shop there.
2. Yard Sales
Another great place to buy baby clothes is from yard sales. I found lots of fantastic bargains when I was pregnant the first time – often paying $0.50 or less per item if I bought them in lots.
I find that most sellers will give you a pretty good discount if you buy more than 10 pieces, so this is what I would do in order to save the most amount of money.
I got a ton of brand name clothing items for my son at low, low prices by shopping at yard sales!
3. Passing Them Down
Every time my son grew out of an article of clothing, I would pack it away in bins, because I knew we wanted to have more children and it just made sense to pass down the clothing to them (especially if we had another boy).
Well, 2 years after we had our son Elliott, I became pregnant again. Halfway through the pregnancy we found out we would be having a girl and it was the day after my ultrasound that I started going through all of Elliott’s old clothing to see what we could use for our little lady.
Thankfully we received a lot of neutral clothing at Elliott’s baby shower, so I had plenty to start with for our baby girl .
4. Sharing With Friends
A few of my good friends that had boys gave me some clothing when Elliott was born, and when they eventually had more babies of their own, I gave the clothing back so that they could use it again, too.
With Kaylee, our baby girl, one of my friends continuously gives me huge bags of baby girl clothing as her baby grows out of them. If she has another baby girl, she will be able to use all of those clothes again. If she has a boy, she can use all of Elliott’s baby boy clothes. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Because babies grow so quickly, they don’t usually have a chance to “ruin” their clothes, which makes reusing them with other babies such an easy way to save on clothing costs.
Infant clothing is one of those expenses that is necessary, but it doesn’t have to be costly.
By avoiding high-end clothing stores and passing them down, sharing, and buying used, it’s not difficult to spend less on baby clothes. Save your pennies for the more expensive baby items (such as a crib or car seat).