You are a parent now and while you know that the clothes don’t make the man (or kid), you certainly appreciate that clothes can say a lot about a person. They can even boost your confidence levels. And who doesn’t want their kids to feel at their best? The trouble is you just can’t afford a brand new wardrobe at every season change. By hitting the stores that carry less expensive labels and making sure you have plenty of items to mix and match, you can please both your children and your wallet.
There are many places to save money on clothing. Thrift stores and second hand shops offer great prices every day. You can also save by stocking up on basics when they are on sale. The end of season sales usually feature trends instead of basics, but if you take your time, you will be able to find clothing that your kids will still love next year. This is especially useful for cheap baby clothes because your child doesn’t yet have opinion about which clothes are fashionable.
If you are not buying a size or two up for a bit of a stock pile, it is always better to have your child with you to try on the clothes before buying. Sizing varies by brand and you may find that something just doesn’t fit, even though the size says it should. Most stores offer a full return policy, but it will cost you an extra trip. Department stores and some specialty stores offer great values on their fashionable kids clothing ranges. Often these stores will stock the same styles as more expensive retailers, only with a price tag that doesn’t make you gasp when you see it.
The Children’s Place is a great store to find the latest fashions at reasonable prices. You can add to your savings by signing up for email coupons from the retailer or using coupon codes for online purchases. Wal-Mart has recently stepped up their game to offer more ranges and styles for everyone from their baby store to their teenager section. As always, these come with the low prices this store is associated with. If you can manage to find a good sale, Gap Kids and Baby Gap offer the latest styles, although their standard prices are a bit on the high side.There are several items of clothing that every kid’s wardrobe should include. This will allow you to mix and match the latest styles with more affordable basics. You should always have a couple pairs of jeans on hand. Cardigans in basic colors can easily be paired over the coolest new t-shirts. Fleece and leggings can also help to extend the life of the latest trends when you use them as layers.
One of the best ways to save money on cool kids clothes has to be including them in the decision. They have to like in and it has to take their lives into account. If it doesn’t, you may as well have spent your money on a size too small for all the attention it will receive.
BIO: Melissa Davis is blogger and freelance writer from Australia, she has 2 kids and fashion blog. She loves to give useful advice and tips to other parents.