Kids grow fast and that means they go through clothing sizes rather quickly. As adults, we can wear some of the same sizes year after year if we want, though not everyone does. You can’t get away with that with kids because the clothes simply won’t fit for more than a year or two at the most until they are well into their teen years. Some grow in height into the late teens. Kids clothing and shoes can be expensive, but there are ways to save on new and almost new items if you want to spend less, keep them in good items, and even keep them in the latest fashions.
Sales are the most common ways to save money on kids clothing and shoes. You don’t have to buy what you need right now to make good on sales. You can buy for the future. This can be hard, but you can try to guess what size your child will be next summer to take advantage of end of summer deals this year. If you find a good sale on shoes that your kids like, you can buy a few sizes so that they have them as they grow in shoe size. You have saved money, you know they like them, and you won’t have to rush out and pay full price when they suddenly need a bigger size or they wear out.
Some bargains on kids clothing and shoes are always bargains. It really depends on your tastes in clothing. You may not like to buy clothing from discount stores, but this is where the savings are for the smart shopper. You can buy them play clothes and shoes while getting good clothing from other sources if you wish. If you can get a pair of shorts and a t shirt for summer play time for under ten dollars, you are saving a lot on your clothing bill. It won’t matter if they are not of the best quality because they can be play clothes, will wear out anyway, and will not fit six months from now.
Gently used kids clothing and shoes are a great deal too. If you can find the right shop, or if you find the right set on an online auction, you can save quite a bit of money. Though there are some clothing and shoes that get ruined fast, some children grow so quickly that they barely wear a lot of the clothes they have. When this happens, these items are practically brand new and sold at great savings. People find great deals on amazing kids clothing selections this way, and even get items they could not otherwise afford for designer clothes.
Don’t dismiss hand-me-downs when it comes to kids clothing and shoes either. Shoes are harder to pass down, but some go unworn. If someone offers you clothes, see what they have to offer. Some people can go years without buying items because they have been offered so many great items from relatives and friends that have children just a year or two or a size bigger than their own. Some used items are no longer any good, but if you are offered some, it never hurts to look them over. You may be surprised at what you find.
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