Okay, this is a little off subject for me, but today, I want to talk about kid’s cloths. When they are babies, is it really worth the money to buy that cute little pink “bunny print” shirt for $20.00, or that little “blue sailor” outfit for $35.00 dollars?
As we all know, babies grow at an incredibly fast rate, in fact, it’ll seem like they are hardly in that cute little outfit that you may have bought at Baby Gap, Carters, or Babies R Us. So to save money, we borrowed hand me downs from neighbors and friends. At least with my son we did. With my daughter, my wife buys here cute outfits more often.
Buying baby and kids clothes at neighborhood garage sales and using hand me downs from friends is the way to go. Trust me, for the first few years they go through the clothes so quickly, that you won’t even notice it… Besides if you look, you can find some really great deals at garage sales. Don’t be shy, ask for a lower price if it’s not marked low enough.
So when should you break the pattern of buying used clothes for kids? Well, IMHO, I think the best time to start to buy new clothes would be around the 1st grade. After all, this is the time the kids start to develop their own style. You don’t have to buy all new clothes, we mixed it, maybe 50/50.
Now some of you guys might be thinking… not me. Well, it wasn’t me doing the buying either it was my wife. At first I thought, don’t do that… until she explained to me how much she was saving us by going this. At a garage sale, you can buy baby clothes for .25 to .50 cents per piece of clothing! That a huge discount considering buying it new could cost $10 to $20 dollars per piece, please consider going this route.
My wife saved us thousands of dollars by buying baby (and kids) clothes!!!