5 ways to Save Money on School Clothes

I realize in most areas kids are already back in school. Summer is hanging on by a thread and so are most parents wallets with all the money they spent to buy new clothes. Well guess what.... This year we spent a total of $10 on back to school clothes. My wallet is not suffering and my kid looks pretty awesome most days ( I say most because some days he dresses himself.) So to find out my secret just keep reading.

When there was 2 steady incomes in the household I used to go shopping for Abram every few paychecks. Something about buying my kid the latest and greatest made me so happy. Then Eli came and I decided to stay home and save money on childcare. Which also meant save money on shopping. By the time Josiah came I got a pretty good system figured out on ways to save money on clothes and how to have enough of it for years to come.

1. Buy Off Season- I buy sweats for the kids in the summer and I buy shorts in the winter. Nobody seems to want it off season so I stock up because the stores put it on sale or clearance. 

2. Size Up- If that off season clothes is at a real good price I buy a few sizes up. The boys will eventually fit into it.

3. Keep the Gifts- I can't tell you how many times the kids have gotten clothes that was the wrong size. When it was just Abram I would return it and get the correct size. Now I keep it because it's bound to fit one of them eventually. Even if it's a size Abram won't wear for a year or 2, I still keep it because that's exactly the reason I wont have to buy him new clothes for school.

4. Sale and Clearance- When we do have some extra money to go shopping, I look through the clearance clothes. The real treat is going shopping once the back to school clothes all goes on sale. I got this $15 shirt for only $4! Yup, that's smart shopping people.

5. Second Hand Stores- Now I know some people may cringe at the thought of second hand stores, but let me let you in on a little secret. Big brand named stores like Target, Old Navy, Forever 21 and H&M all donate clothes to second hand stores like Goodwill. No joke I have bought my boys H&M shirts still with tags on them from Goodwill. Honestly you have to check them out!

Remember kids outgrow clothes so fast that you don't want to spend major bucks on clothes. Save it for them in a bank account instead or take them on a nice trip somewhere. Hope these tips help you shop smarter not harder!


Estoy segura que la mayoría de los niños  ya están de vuelta a la escuela. Verano está colgando de un hilo y también las carteras de la mayoría de padres con todo el dinero que gastaron para comprar ropa nueva. Bueno adivine .... Este año gastamos un total de $10 en la ropa escolar. Mi cartera no está sufriendo y mi hijo se ve muy impresionante la mayoría de los días (Digo la mayoría porque algunos días se viste él solito.) Así que para saber mi secreto siga leyendo.

Cuando hubo 2 ingresos estables en el hogar solía ir de compras para Abram cada pocos cheques de pago. Algo de comprar ropa de niño me hacia tan feliz. Luego llegó Eli y decidí quedarme en casa y ahorrar dinero en el cuidado de niños. Que también significa ahorrar dinero en compras. En el momento que llegó Josiah tuve que desarrollar un buen sistema descubriendo maneras de ahorrar dinero en ropa y cómo tener suficiente para los niños en los años venideros.

1. Comprar Fuera de Temporada-compro ropa caliente para los niños en el verano y compro ropa fría en el invierno. Nadie parece querer la ropa fuera de temporada así que abastecerse porque las tiendas la ponen de venta o liquidación.

2. Estimar el Tamaño- Si la ropa fuera de temporada esta a buen precio compro unos tamaños mas grandes. Los niños eventualmente cabran en ella.

3. Manten los Regalos- No puedo decirle cuántas veces los niños han recibido ropa que era del tamaño equivocado. Cuando era sólo Abram la devolvía y compraba el tamaño correcto. Ahora la guardo porque eventualmente le quedara a uno de ellos con el tiempo. Incluso si se trata de un tamaño que Abram no usara por un año o 2, todavía la guardo porque eso es exactamente la razón por la que no tendré que comprarle ropa nueva para la escuela.

4. Venta y Liquidacion- Cuando tenemos algo de dinero extra para ir de compras, miro hacia la ropa de venta. El verdadero lujo es ir de compras una vez que la ropa escolar esta de venta. Compre esta camisa de $ 15 por sólo $ 4! Sí, eso es mi gente de las compras inteligentes.

5. Tiendas de Segunda Mano- Ahora sé que algunas personas pueden temblar ante la idea de tiendas de segunda mano, pero deje que le comparta un pequeño secreto. Grandes tiendas de marca como Target, Old Navy, Forever 21 y H&M donan ropa a tiendas de segunda mano como Goodwill. No es broma he comprado a mis muchachos camisas H&M todavía con las etiquetas en ellas de la tienda Goodwill. Honestamente vale la pena revisarlas.

Recuerde que los niños crecen fuera de la ropa tan rápido que no quiere gastar mucho dinero en ropa. Guardelo para ellos en una cuenta bancaria o llevelos en un viaje agradable a  alguna parte. Espero que estos consejos le ayudarán a comprar mas inteligentemente!


  1. Really great tips here! I love consignment stores for the younger ones but, for the older ones I try to stock up off season as well!

  2. Yes! Such great tips! I try to buy as much off season as I can. The only thing I have a problem doing that with is shoes because I never know how fast their feet will grow and might skip a size or two. I never pay full price. I didn't know that Goodwill got clothes from all those stores! I'll have to check them out!

  3. I do the same thing and buy my kids their clothes for the next season when they are clearancing them out. I've gotten some amazing deals by doing this and it really saves me the hassle of going out right before the new school year or season because I already have stuff at home purchased for way less.

  4. These are very helpful tips, Dominique! I hope to get out soon to do some clearance shopping! I seriously love a good bargain and still high quality clothing! :)

  5. Great ideas Dominique! I especially like the idea of keeping the gifts. I ALWAYS exchange it for the correct size. Such a simple fix for clothing down the road!!!

  6. So smart to keep gifts that didn't quite fit...I wouldn't think to do that! I'd return just like you but you're so right - they'll fit one of 'em eventually!

    Coming Up Roses

  7. Great tips Dominique! Loving the buying off season and also buying from second hand stores. Every time I buy clothes for my kids, I always check the sale and clearance isle first!


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