Tigerlilly Quinn: How to save money when buying your children’s clothes

Saturday, 18 January 2014

How to save money when buying your children’s clothes


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The rate kids grow and go through clothes is mind-boggling and means that you are often having to spend lots of money just to dress them. These tips on how to save money when buying your children’s clothes will help you keep costs down while giving your children a good wardrobe.

1. Buy end of season

If you buy clothing at the end of a season you will often be able to pick up some excellent bargains on new clothes. True, you’ll probably have to wait till the season comes around again before your child can wear them but the savings will be well worth it. Just make sure you buy a size too big to allow for your child to grow. We bought Wilf's coat last spring and waited for this winter for it to fit him, this saved us over half of what we would have had to have spent buying full price.

2. Gender neutral

If you have children of different genders, it’s a great idea to buy clothes that both boys and girls can wear. Buy clothes to fit the larger child and later the smaller child will grow into them. 

3. Online shopping

With online shopping, you can get great bargains from around the world. But you’ll need to be sure that the dealer is reputable and that the cost of the clothes and postage are less than you will have to pay locally. Don't get caught out on grabbing bargains on Ebay and then finding the postage is more than the item itself!

4. Second hand

Don’t forget about buying second hand. Charity shops and second hand dealers often have great quality children’s clothing at a fraction of the new price.  Check your purchases carefully to ensure that they are in good condition, and you should be able to pick up a bargain or two. Our local charity shop has a cot they fill with clothes for 20p an item and on a good day I can pick out 5 of 6 good items!

Once your children outgrow their clothes, why not donate them to your local Oxfam shop?   If you have a Nectar card, you can even collect points when the items you donate are sold.  To take advantage of this, simply link your Nectar account and Oxfam Tag Your Bag account online, and you will able to collect points on donations, to spend on any Nectar reward.

5. Sales

It goes without saying that you should be able to pick up good, new children’s clothing during the sales. You can buy clothes to be worn straight away or else put them away for later.

6. Shoes

Children seem to grow out of shoes so fast that often they hardly seem worn. It’s tempting to buy too many shoes for children, but do your best to resist. A pair of sandals for the summer, heavier shoes for the winter and a pair or two to play in should be enough. As with other clothes buy end of season or end of line items, or wait for the sales.

7. Re-use

When your child has grown out of an outfit or has worn it out, you have a couple of options. If the condition is acceptable you can put it away for a younger sibling or sell it. Alternatively, if appropriate, you can repair it or alter it so that it can be worn again. Trousers, for example, often get holes in the knees that cannot be sewn up, so you can always try to cut them down and turn them into shorts. What you do is limited only by your imagination.

Anyone have any thrifty tips for saving money on kids clothes? I'd love to hear them!

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93 comments:

The Dress Tree said...

Oh my god you read my mind! We're going clothes shopping later for Pip so I jumped on this post. I usually check out charity shops, but for some reason this hadn't even crossed my mind today so thank you for the reminder Fritha! Hope you're all well and not getting too soggy out in this wet January weather. xxx

Donna Towner said...

oooh i would use half of the voucher to buy the Blue Dendrobium bouquet i think it looks stunning, i would use the other half of the voucher to buy roses for my partner as even men like to receive flowers (but they would never admit it)

Donna Clinton said...

Fairytale love

lindsey jones said...

Narnian Dreams

Emma Falvi said...

Peace

AnnieMammasaurus said...

I'm a real second hand clothing hoarder!

helen atkins said...

Ocean Whisper

Opulent Owl said...

The Strawberry Sundae

Lynsey ward said...

Golden Meadow

fairyprincess79 said...

Botticelli Bliss

mummyoftwo said...

Some great tips. We got some bargains in the sale today - I hate paying full price for clothes they grow out of so quickly! Never really thought about looking in charity shops but might give it a try. I know we give a lot of decent clothes to charity when they are outgrown so I'm sure others do too.

Rachel B said...

Thinking of You bouquet

hmd104 said...

Golden Meadow

Michelle Ashmore said...

I'm lucky in that I have siblings with children of all ages and we tend to send the clothes round to each child that they'll fit! I also like stocking up on sale items and we've always got a bag of clothes that they need to grow into!

Keri-Anne said...

Great ideas. We love ebay and charity shops. I am not a big fan of a lot of the childrens clothes in stories now a days. I find them too grown up and i like the older, vintage style dresses. I love etsy and ebay for these sort of clothes x

Mellissa Williams said...

Fab tips. I used to buy in charity shops when my son was small and growing all the time. Also rather partial to the Next sales :)

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HannahStaveley said...

I love the sale I must I only kind of get items in the sale now .x

Hayley Mulgrove said...

Botticelli Bliss

LeeLee Doodygirl Mse Newsome said...

I'd love the botticelli bliss

Style Me Sunday said...

I love a bargain, and find it hard to buy full-price clothes for kids when they grow out of them so quickly. I also am a huge fan of hand-me-downs.

Clare F Wood said...

I love
Botticelli Bliss

Ellen Stafford said...

I love Freesia Bouquet for my mum x

Hellies Corner said...

I agree with all of your points, I would also add buy in sales for a size or two above the one they are in now and put it away, they grow so fast they'll soon fit them!!

janine atkin said...

id love the Golden Meadow bouquet

Manda Louise said...

I like the Strawberry Sundae Bouquet

Lisa Marie Viljoen said...

Strawberry sundae

Sheri Darby said...

ocean Whisper

snarepuss said...

Fairytale love

Lisa J said...

Reflection

Gail Bennett said...

I like the look of Ocean Whisper ... the colours are my favourites and it's got some unusual flowers and textures! :-)

Karen R said...

I love Twilight :)

Helen said...

We favour the charity shops and hand-me-downs too - plus echoing what someone else mentioned about buying things in a few sizes up if it's cheap! I did have to resist an age 6-7 dress the other day - decided that was a little tooooo far ahead for my 20 month old!!
I'd add NCT Nearly New Sales to your list - most clothes are £1-£2 and they're all in good nick. I come away with a massive bag of bargains! You have to go in with elbows out though, they can be a bit of a scrum...

Debbie Burfoot said...

Love "Secret Garden"

Jen Walshaw said...

I always shop the sales and prefer quality clothes for the boys. Charity shops are also great, as is ebay. I think that swapping with friends is fab too

chillijamx said...

Dreamland is my favourite those green chrysanthemums gorgeous

michelle said...

Ocean Whisper :)

Nicola Shipston said...

I love the ocean whisper flowers

Jayne said...

Summer Garden is very pretty

zebedee01 said...

I would get the Blue Dendrobium for my sister :)

Hayley Todd said...

I love the Dreamland bouquet x

Judy Beba-Thompson said...

Ocean Whisper is gorgeous!!! What a way to make January joyful!

Sue Robinson said...

Obsession is beautiful s I would surprise my hubby with them

Pippa Saunders said...

Has to be Ocean Whisper you dont see enough bouquets in blue, my birthday on the 21st so would treat myself

Jo Harrison said...

Ocean Whisper for my daughter

Gretta Schifano said...

You can find some great stuff at charity shops. The other thing to do is to pass clothes on to other families when yours have outgrown them.

Mrs Chasing the Donkey said...

Opps I am guilty of buying and being given far too many shoes for my little guy. It's actually really bad how many he has owned that never got worn.... Great tips!

Gillian Hutchison said...

secret garden

K McGuinness said...

I would pick the Dreamland bouquet

angela sandhu said...

Beautiful Smile

Lyndsey Beckford said...

I would have Rendezvous for myself and send Strawberry Sundae to my mum :-)

Sophie Hedley said...

Blue Dendrobium - have got them before and they're stunning

Ian Talboys said...

Obsession for my wife

Jodie Harvey said...

kaleidoscope - to brighten up the gloomy winter were in :(

Susie Wilkinson said...

I like Oriental Breeze, I love Lilies!

Emily Knight said...

Golden Meadow!

Twinsplustwo said...

Sharing and recycling rocks - almost all my daughter's clothes come from my cousin in France :) I've also had great success in the local charity shops, although I really recommend visiting them in an affluent town!

Polly Davies said...

charity shops and carboot sales are my go-tos. I rarely buy new unless I really have to. With three girls, everything gets passed down, and my younger two get old clothes from their cousins too.

sandy port said...

I'd get the country basket. As I'm a bit rubbish with arranging flowers myself - this already looks lovely so it could just be put as a centrepeice on the table http://www.serenataflowers.com/product.asp?prod=105593&refpage=By_price_Page&position=pos17

lorraine polley said...

i like the look of the amazonia bouquet, it looks different

Vaichin said...

All really good tips. Shoes is our biggest problem at the moment. Seem to cost a fortune, and the little one outgrows them before I can say Clarks!

Sue Warr said...

I would get the Twilight for my front room and the Rendezvous for my Kitchen dining table.....I absolutely love flowers!

Emma Cantrell said...

Love this. We always buy at the end of the season and recently i've been buyings lots of things for Joni that can be passed on to Wilbs! xx

Laura Halls said...

love this I keep my 9 year old's clothes for 6 year old if they're in good condition, as for my daughter a friend gives me tings her elder daughter outgrows it all helps. Then its shopping in sales they aren't in clothes for five minutes so were I can save money I will x

sandian31 said...

The Dreamland looks lovely

Sarah Pybus said...

Love the "Amour"

Emily said...

Great tips! We tend to buy from the sale rail in supermarkets a lot. Some absolute bargains to be had.

amyjbeckett said...

Strawberry Sundae for my mum

Laura Close said...

These are great ideas - I was very good about buying in advance for D, buying a year in advance. Trouble was, he's been in the same size trousers forever now - I'm hopeful he'll get some wear out of them eventually!

NaomiB said...

I would choose this http://www.serenataflowers.com/product.asp?prod=85634&refpage=Category:9011&position=pos33 for my mum x

Emma Sant said...

I'd get Beautiful Smile - it looks lovely! :)

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

Brilliant tips - thanks for sharing x x

Anna said...

Great tips! I buy loads in the sales and also use online discount codes to get bargains

aaron said...

Hope to win

Lisa Sands said...

Summer Days :) x

Anne Kiaz Brookes said...

i love Dreamland

Kelandab said...

Urban love song is lovely

Kel Ellen Hirst

Wild & Grizzly said...

Brilliant tips. I always only pick one set of summer and winter shoes for F. My tip is that kids tend to go through the knees on their jeans super quick. So I patch them or team them up with coloured tights in winter, ensuring they're warm and still look cool :) x

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I love buying clothes for the kids in charity shops, car boot sales are really good too. 20p an item is mega cheap though!! x

Rachel Thompson said...

Definitely strawberry sundae xxxx

Alison Oakes said...

fingers crossed - i love flowers

laura redburn said...

i am ALL about the charity shops! some great tips here fritha!

Susan Pringle said...

Golden Meadow

Nick said...

Narnian Dreams

Nell@PigeonPairandMe said...

What a great post! Let's face it, we all need to save a bit of money at this time of year....

Victoria Morrison said...

I would buy 2 Amazonia bouquets - one for each of my grannies :)

Vicky Wombwell said...

Great post with very useful tips. It does really help to save money where you can while raising children...as much as we love them, they are darn expensive x

Susanna Harvey said...

Would send the Amazonia bouquet for my mum birthday in a few weeks and maybe a little something to cheer myself up

Swazi said...

Excellent tips - I do most of these already anyway though :)

Flo Foxes said...

Love the Amazonia Bouquet ..such colour .. thanks for the chance to play

Susan C said...

I'd get Strawberry Sundae

Louise Smith said...

I would be tempted to get the Fairytale Love ones (with Valentines Day coming up hehe) but I really love lilies so maybe something with those in? Tough decision!


Louise x


Confessions of a Secret Shopper

Diana Croos said...

love 'orient breeze' http://www.serenataflowers.com/product.asp?prod=85632&refpage=Home_Page&position=pos13

Katherine said...

Great post, we do a lot of these, have just bough next year's winter coat in the Polarn O. Pyret sale. My tip is TK Maxx, occasionally I have found some clothes by the nice Scandinavian labels, I got a lovely Katvig babygro for about a quarter of the full price - and then sold it on eBay afterwards!

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