Monday, October 13, 2014

31 Days of Baby Saving Tips: Day 6 - Buy Ahead on Clothes

Shop at the thrift stores, consignment stores, yard sales, and clearance racks around you.  Buy at least two sizes ahead, and store them until you need them.  Babies will always need onsies, pants, and sleepers, no matter what the season.  We would sometimes put Howard in a long sleeve onsie during the day and a fuzzy sleeper at night, in AUGUST because the air conditioning made it too cold for him to be in anything less.  Also, it's pretty easy to gauge two sizes ahead if you want to buy things like swim trunks and shorts.  I try to have a couple of each item listed below, and then we are ready regardless of the season.  My goal price is $0.50- $1 per item, with sometimes spending a little more on things like winter coats and heavy sweat shirts. 
Items to consider:
  • Short Sleeve Onsies/Pull-over Shirts
  • Long Sleeve Onsies/Pull-over Shirts
  • Jeans/Khakis/Sweat Pants (we use sweats at home, and a pair of jeans for going out)
  • Shorts
  • Cotton Sleepers
  • Fuzzy Sleepers
  • Sweat Shirts/Sweaters
  • Rain Jacket/Heavy Coat
  • Dresses/Jumpers (for the ladies)
  • Overalls (optional, but super cute!)
  • Swim Trunks (also optional)
  • Socks
  • Bibs
I've been able to buy all of these things used at my goal prices, mostly from yard sales, Good Will, and the Community Aid thrift store.  Some things with the tags still on them!  I did have to purchase some new bibs, but that's because I couldn't find enough nice ones used.  Howard is in 6 months clothes, and he is set on clothing up through 18 months for the most part.
 So buy ahead, and save money!

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