Buying clothes for your child can be a bit of a financial minefield. The last thing you need is to buy expensive clothing, only to find that your little boy or girl has grown out of it after wearing it once.
To help you make the money go further, here are some tips to guide you through the traps of overspending on kids clothes.
Giving Kids Clothes As Gifts
This will be as handy to you as it is to your family or friends buying gifts for your child This is the time that it’s okay for your friends who are inexperienced with buying children’s clothes can get vouchers. For braver souls who actually want to buy clothes for someone else’s kids, the main thing to remember is to buy a size, or age, up. We know how fast they grow, so buying for the exact age probably means that after a couple of wears or washes, some clothes might not even fit anymore. This is particularly true of skirts, fitted dresses, trousers or shorts. They seem to grow out of shoes even faster!
Buying For Special Occasions
Children’s partywear is a classic way of spending money with little return. A nice party dress or complete smart outfit is not going to be cheap. It’s worth talking to your friends or your family to see if you can borrow smart clothes for your little one. Even borrowing a waistcoat or a bow tie can help to save a bit of money here and there. If you can save money on a complete dress by borrowing one, that’s even better.
Justifying The Price
It’s easy to get pulled into spending more on ‘nicer’ clothes for your child, but you have to think practically. Are the clothes hardwearing? Is the stitching strong and the material durable? Are the clothes nicely finished or lined? If you’re paying a bit more for a garment, it’s worth spending a bit more time to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Also, do consider second hand shops or eBay. It’s amazing how many items people have found themselves having to get rid of their children’s clothes before they’ve even had chance to remove the labels.
Mix And Match
Even when trying to be a little more budget conscious, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat your child to something a bit more designer once in a while. The trick is to know when to get something special. I’ve found that I tend to get all the essentials from cheaper stores, but when mixed with something by a good brand, you can get some good results. Some brands are really good at making clothes that work with other lines, and I think nothing of mixing clothes I’ve bought from Sainsbury’s or Primark with something really special from Molo Kids.
Don’t let this put you off from buying nice things for the children, it’s just sometimes really easy to get caught up in spending more than you need to. Hopefully, this might help with the budget when trying to cut back.
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Catherine blogs about raising her tweenage girls and family finances.