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Discount Baby Clothes

Saving money on baby clothes is something most parents are interested in doing. The question is: where are you going to shop for clothes that are more affordable than the norm? This is not always an easy question to answer; especially if you are a parent for the first time.  Of course, you will learn as you go along. And once you have a better idea of where to shop and how to save you will be well on your way to keeping more money in your pocket for years to come.

Shop at second hand and thrift stores.  Second hand shops are a great place to pick up baby and kids clothing.  It’s no great surprise that babies grow so fast that they often only where a few outfits before they don’t fit them anymore.  If you go to your local Goodwill or Savers thrift store, you’ll find baby items on the rack with the tags still on them.  It’s a shame, but it’s your gain.  How about consignment shops? Both of these options are perfect if you are in the market for cheap baby clothes. While you may be purchasing second hand items, most of what you find will be in good shape and likely only warn a few times before the child outgrew them. When you compare prices from a second hand store to a regular retail outlet it is easy to see just how much money you can save.  You can find great deals in thrift stores.

What about outlet stores? Many big cities have outlet malls full of stores selling off items for less than retail. If you have an outlet mall in your area you should definitely take a closer look to see how much you can save on clothes for your baby. You may be surprised to learn that you can buy name brand clothing at a second hand price.  This is especially a good place to shop if you have twins or multiples and you’re looking for similar outfits or the same item but in different colors, ect.  Don’t forget your coupons.   Before you stop and shop at any large retailer who might have an outlet mall store, see if you can’t find a discount coupon online first.  Outlet mall places like KB Toys, The Childrens Place, Baby Gap, The Limited Too all have been known to have discount coupons in their websites and online coupon directories.  I would recommend looking at Print.Coupons.com (click on Coupons, Inc )

Online shopping is not for everyone. While shopping online is a great way to save money on baby clothes this does not work for every consumer.  Some people like to shop in person where you can feel the clothes and experience the fabrics before you buy.  If you would rather shop locally and avoid the internet, use your local phone directory to find thrift stores.  Search for second hand stores, kids consignment shops, and outlet malls with baby stores.  All it takes is some time to get out and actually go in some of the kids clothing stores to become more familiar with them and see what kind of deals they have.  Go out and explore!  See who’s got the best clearance racks in your town.  Soon enough, you will find a few stores that allow you to get the clothes you need at price you can afford.  Remember, just because you have a baby to care for does not mean that you have to give up your frugal lifestyle.  It just means that you have to be a bit more creative.

Get hand-me-downs from other parents. Chances are pretty good you have friends with babies too.  If they have older toddlers, that’s even better!  Offer to take their old baby items and clothes in exchange for something they need or want.  Offer free baby-sitting time or maybe some help with their yardwork.  I have known several families that have worked out a clothing exchange between three different families.  They all swap things on a regular basis and it costs them nothing!  If you don’t have friends with older babies or toddlers, don’t worry.  You might be able to find parent groups, even single parent groups that are looking for the same kind of kid connection you are.  Lots of families of all sizes and situations are looking to save some money with the little ones.  Make an effort to get out and do things so you have a chance to meet other parents.  Friends are always good… especially when it comes to parenting and trying to raise kids on a budget.

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