Save Money on Baby Clothes
Buy children’s clothes at yard sales or resale shops. Every time you think about spending a large amount on clothing, imagine that same article covered in chocolate syrup or spit-up. It helps to place a true value on the clothing.
If you expect to have more children, invest in unisex clothing that can be passed down, regardless of gender.
Sign up for the mailing list for your favorite online stores, especially before making a big purchase. Some of them will send you an exclusive coupon code for 10-15% off your order. Also, leave items in your cart for a few hours before checking out. Often, stores will send you a coupon code as an incentive to complete your order.
Shopping at outlet stores may seem like a good idea, but just be aware that the quality may not be the same. Certain outlet stores will manufacture clothing exclusively for the outlet alone, using lesser-expensive fabrics and embellishments.
Sears will replace jeans with exact same size and brand if the knees wear out if you are a member of their kids club. To join their kids club, all I needed to do was give them my phone number and they track how much I spend on kids clothes. When you spend $100 (I think) they give you a discount on your next purchase. — Debbie from NC
Shop end of season sales, when clothing is marked down 50-75% or more. You may have to guess at your child’s size, but realize that you can always re-sell the items that don’t fit at a place like Once Upon a Child, on Facebook Marketplace, or other outlets if they don’t fit. It’s worth taking the chance.
Shop for baby clothes and items at a second-hand store. Clothing is expensive, and babies grow so fast that they don’t wear out their clothes, just outgrow them. You can have a weeks’ worth of outfits from a second-hand store for about the cost of two retail-priced new outfits from a department store. — Susabelle from MO
GARAGE SALES are a must!!! Most of my daughter’s clothes for next summer have been purchased at garage sales. And because those infant clothes are only worn so little and there is little or no “wear and tear” on them, you can get some beautiful, quality, name-brand clothes for a steal! I swear by garage sales for clothing for that first year of life!!! — Jaime from WI
We shop at a few of the pricey stores for the kids clothes since they have policies that if they wear the items out before they grow out of that size they replace it free!! Great for active kids. — Crystal from DE
Blanket sleepers are so expensive. Buy them when they are half price, in most places this is January. Make sure you buy ones that are a couple of sizes too big and without the feet. Then you can roll up the sleeves and the legs and your child can wear them for a long time without wearing them out. — Brenda from OH
I love the sales at BabyGap. I have saved hundreds of dollars and my daughter is only 21 months old. I only buy what is on sale. I can get two or three outfits for the price of one reg. priced. I also shop at BabyGap.com even with shipping, you save a lot. I really love their clothes and they hold up well with the little ones. I have saved every piece of clothing from BG in the event I have another little girl. I also bought some clothes that would work either way so that if I have a boy next time he can wear some of them. — Angela from MI
One of the best money savers I invested in for my baby was inexpensive washcloths. I bought about 3 or 4 dozen white, and 3 or 4 dozen white with stripes. The white ones we used as baby wipes. We used cloth diapers, so we just tossed them in the diaper pail with the diapers. The striped ones we used at mealtime for face wipes. My son is now 5 and we’re still using the face wipes. — Cheryll from OH
Check with your local Goodwill store. Many of them have half price days where baby clothes are on sale. Since babies don’t wear clothing very long, most things are still in great condition.