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10 Tips for Saving Money on Kids Clothing

As parents, we love to buy new clothes for our kids.  We also want to get our kids clothing cheap.  During difficult economic times, it's especially important to look for cheap kids clothes. 

Here are 10 tips to help you save big on clothes for your kids:

1. When you see a great sale, buy one item for now and another of the same item one size larger.  

2. Buy clothing in the off-season.  For example, in the early spring, buy a winter coat and warm clothes for the next winter.  In the middle of summer, start buying clothing for the following summer. 

3. When you shop, look only at the clearance racks.  Everything eventually ends up on the clearance rack, so make a pact with yourself to get discount kids clothing by only shopping in the sale areas of the store. 

4. Ask the stores that you frequent when they typically mark-down items in the store. Most stores start marking down items mid-week in preparation for the weekend.  If you know when new items will be added to the clearance rack, you know the best days to shop for a wide selection! 

5. Keep your receipts for at least 2 weeks to a month. Many stores will give you a discount or sale price after the fact if you still have your receipt.  That means if you by a $20 pair of jeans and see it on sale for $10 the following week, the store will give or credit you the $10! Now you can buy another pair in a larger size for next year! 

6. Check out consignment shops and even resale shops for great deals. Consignment shops are often pickier about the items that they accept, but if you look closely through a resale shop, you can find all kind of cheap kids clothes that are still in good condition. Many of my wealthy friends box up their kids stuff twice a year and drop it off at the Goodwill or Salvation Army...and they drop off brand-name, expensive clothing! 

7. Consider checking out garage sales. My mom is a diehard garage sale fanatic and while I don't really have the patience for it, she has gotten some amazing deals on really cute stuff for my kids. Know the nice neighborhoods in your area and concentrate on those when spending time at garage sales. 

8. Consider starting a clothing swap with a group of friends who have kids of different ages.  This is a great idea to start with a group of moms from school or chuch.  You can decide to let everyone take as much as they need, or figure out your own way to make it fair, but it's a great way to get gently used clothing for your children for nothing - and to pass on your own kids gently used items to someone else who can get additional use out of them. 

9.  Check online often for discount kids clothing. Old Navy, Kohls, JC Penney, and Macy's, and many other stores often have great online clearance deals.  When you head to a stores website, go straight to the clearance section to check out the deals.  Try to shop when you can also get free shipping or place an order with friends to share in the shipping cost.  

10. Buy less!  If you are like me, there are lots of clothes in your kids closet that they have never worn.  We all like our kids to have the best, but if your child has 15 pairs of jeans, it's likely that you could purchase a few less for next year!  

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