When I had my first child, a boy, I saved his clothes in boxes in the attic. Then we had our first miscarriage, but I kept the clothes. I did pass them along to one of my sisters-in-law and she passed them back when she was finished. Seven years after my first son came my second son. He has been able to wear most of the clothes that I saved, but I do have to fill in around the edges from time to time. Most people wouldn’t have held onto the clothes for seven years, but if someone tells me that they do, I understand.
Thanks to my continuing faith, I have a great supply of boys’ clothes, but no girl’s clothes. However, I have found that many of the boys clothes like the pants and shorts can be used for my girl.
To build up a wardrobe for my daughter and to fill in the boys’ wardrobe when needed, I’ve been employing several strategies.
- I have a list of shoe sizes in a notebook in my purse
- I started doing a list of clothing needs in the same notebook
- I always check the shoe clearance racks at Kohl’s. I’ve been able to pick up $15 sneakers for $2 or $3
- I keep an eye on the shoe clearance racks at Kohl’s and wait until they go to 80 and 90%. This makes most of the clothes around a dollar or two.
- I have a general policy of not spending more than $3 for something. Usually, I can stick to $2 at the most. For coats, I do go up to $5 if needed.
- My area has two used clothing sales that happen twice yearly. That’s four sales in one year! I go, bag in hand and list in mind, and stick to my target price.
- If I need something more quickly, I try Goodwill. Goodwill’s prices are not always the best
- If I need shoes, I try Walmart
- If none of the above strategies work, I will try to buy something on sale or at full price
I find the more that I plan ahead and keep a list of needs, the more likely I’m able to find something for very little money. For my daughter’s clothes, I try to keep the cost really low for the sizes that she hasn’t reached yet, knowing that I still have time to find stuff for less.
Thanks to having to shop at the last minute for my oldest son who will be going to catholic school this fall, I spent about $200 on clothes. Had I had time to plan ahead, I could have spent at least half of that, maybe even as little as $75. The plus side is that he had three brothers who will be using the clothes after him.