Looking to save money on baby clothes? What if I told you that you could eliminate “kids clothing” as a budget line completely? How much money would that free up for you each month? $20? $50? $100??
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When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I immediately started stocking up on two things: diapers and clothes. I went to every garage sale I could to find the best deals on clothes (never paying more than $1 per piece!) Now that my second child is nearly a year old, I’m happy to say I’ve found a way to never have to need “clothes for kids” in my budget.
The key to free clothes is that if you do have to pay for it, never pay more than you can resell it for.
With that said, here are some tips on how to get kids clothes (and even adult clothes!) for free or nearly so:
Free Kids Clothes – Shop at Home!
Swap.com – This is my new favorite site!! Not only can you buy clothes (for your whole family!) but they also have toys, games, and all sorts of baby gear – and all at a seriously low price. Plus when you sign up via my referral link, you’ll get FREE SHIPPING on your first order. The best part, though, is that they will also buy these things from you! So if it’s too cold for a garage sale or you’re just tired of meeting up with people via local re-sale groups, THIS is an excellent option for you and so easy.
Schoola – another amazing site with great deals AND a great mission. This site donates 40% of all sales to a local school of your choice plus they’re constantly offering extra credits or promo codes. You’ll even get $20 towards your first purchase! I love this because you can also donate clothing to them to resell should you not have the energy/time/desire to do it yourself.
thredUP – By signing up through my referral link, you’ll receive a free $20! This site has some seriously cute clothing at rock bottom prices. Even if you don’t see anything you like (which I’m quite certain is impossible) you can still use that $20 to score some free clothing that you can then just re-sell!
Facebook – Check out your local Facebook resale groups! There are many times when someone is looking to make a quick buck and will often group clothes together to sell them quickly. Search for your county or city + resale and you’re bound to find numerous groups through which you can buy and sell kids clothes. Just make sure you purchase from a smoke-free home because gross!
Swap groups – Hosting a physical swap group can be fun if you have the time and the space for it. Short on either? Look online! There are lots of trading or freecycle groups through which you can swap clothes that your baby has outgrown for clothes that you currently need. Don’t have one in your area? Start one! 🙂
Craigslist – Check out the “free stuff” section on Craigslist. Again, make sure it’s a smoke-free home! Ebay is a similar option, but personally I’d rather pick up from someone in my area versus deal with the hassle of shipping. Totally up to you, though!
Free Children’s Clothes – Shopping in Stores
Thrift stores are always a great option because you never know what treasures you’ll find. Many have “deal days” that set deeper discounts on already low prices.
Buying new is always an option, provided you do it right. Shop at the end (or final quarter) of a season. Target often has amazing deals (and you can save even more if you have a RedCard linked to your checking account!) Buy ahead for the following year or pick up some items that you can then resell and use that money to purchase clothing your kids need now!
What’s your favorite way to save on clothes?