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.
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!
|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!
|Carter’s sale anyone?|
What do you do to save money on baby clothes? Any other tips?