Baby Talk: Saving Money on Baby Clothes!

I’m linking up with Kristin for baby talk!

When I got pregnant, and again we I found out we were having a girl, I couldn’t help but thingk about one thing: her clothes.

Oh, the cuteness my baby would wear.

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Then I started looking at them in stores.  they’re deceiving, those cute little outfits.  $8 here, $10 there, $6 somewhere else, and before you know it, you’ve spent a good chunk of your paycheck on a few months’ worth of clothes.  Not good.

Let’s face it, no matter how cute I make Abbie’s outfit, there’s a good chance she’s going to spit up on it.  Or pee on it.  Or have a blowout.  On top of that, she grows out of things so quickly.  So I did what any frugal mom-to-be would do – I looked for cheaper options.

My first stop didn’t take much thought.  My old elementary school in my hometown holds a used clothing sale twice a year.  My mom had spent some time on the committee and volunteering when I was younger, so that was the first thing we thought of.  Plus, when you volunteer to work the sale, you get to shop the night before!  We went when I was 7 months pregnant and stocked up.  From that sale, Abbie was completely set through 3 months, and we picked up a lot of bigger things too.  Prices  range from $.25 to about $8 at the highest, but most things are $3 or less.  I got a lot of great, quality things, and am so happy I took the time to volunteer and shop the sale.  When it was held again last month, our move prevented me from volunteering, so I didn’t do as well – shopping early is definitely the key!

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This was one of my favorite finds.  Isn’t the elephant too cute?  Makes me sad she outgrew it!

Of course, there are other ways to find used clothes.  A friend of mine found out she’s expecting pretty recently, and is heading out to a huge yard sale this coming weekend.  Abbie’s going to need 9 and 12 month clothes before I know it, so I may tag along.

Another option (and one I haven’t tried yet) is consignment shops.  There are a few in our area, but I haven’t had a chance to go yet.  A quick google search also turned up some online consignment shops, so that’s an idea too.

I’m always on the lookout for other items at these sales and shops too – at the used clothing sale I scored an exersaucer and a playmat for Abbie for only $10 each.

I’ve also signed up for the mailing lists for my favorite baby clothes brands – especially Carters.  Abbie could wear Carters all day – everything is so darn cute!  They were running a 50% off sale a little while back and we stocked up!

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Carter’s sale anyone?

What do you do to save money on baby clothes?  Any other tips?

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Jess Beer is a full-time working mom of two girls who writes about motherhood, wellness, easy meals and style.

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  1. We have a childs consignment shop near us that’s AWESOME! Always has great clothes for little to nothing!

  2. Such great advice…it’s crazy how quickly those teeny little outfits add up. I don’t even want to tell you how much I spent at Carter’s this past weekend. Yikes! Thanks for linking up girl! 🙂

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