In the time I have been a mumma  (nearly 7 years) I have spent a fraction of what most would expect to clothe three children.

We have all heard people say that it costs a fortune to have kids and there is the constant expense of replacing shoes and clothes they wear out, get soiled or damaged.

Clothing your baby, toddlers, children and even yourself doesn’t have to cost a fortune, if you plot and plan and are always on the look out.


Hand Me Downs 
When you’re having a baby or you have young kids, it’s inevitable that you will get offered hand me downs from family and friends. Heck I’ve even had acquaintances offer them to me. Don’t be shy take all offers of hand me downs and take a look through what’s on offer. You’d be surprised how easily it is to complete your children’s wardrobes from accepting these offers alone.

Op Shopping and Car Boot Sales
They are mind field for picking up clothing for my kids an if you’re on the hunt and choose the right times or car boot sales you can frequently score kids clothes for 50 cents a piece or fill a bag deals.

My kids have always been thrifting. Check out Sarah she was only 2 years old in this picture and was already flicking through racks. 
Kiddy Clothing Swaps
This is something I have done many times when my kids were all still babies and friends had babies a little older or younger. Get a bunch of friends together with kids of varying age groups and have a swap-a-thon. What’s not nabbed by another mum, can be donated to charity. But there are likely limitless options for upcycling and restyling garments that didn’t get swapped even if you think they’re too small.

If family and friends are asking about gifts to purchase for kids for birthdays and Christmas I always quote this little saying. Get them something they want, something the need, something to wear, something they need. So that always covers them, they are always most welcomed to buy new or special items of clothing for the kids. The majority of my children’s brand new clothing comes in the form of gifts from family.

Retail Sales for Basics 
If all the above has failed to fill the necessary gaps in your children’s wardrobes. I head to the likes of Kmart, Best and Less, Big W and Target. I have an approximate budget for basic retail buys for the kids retail clothing needs including shoes and I would be hard pressed to exceed $300 for three children in a year on retail buys.

Simply by following the above and ALWAYS resorting to retail purchases as my last resort and when it’s absolutely necessary, it has simply saved hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the years.

If you haven’t already give it a try and change your thinking and be amazed by the savings.

Do you have any other unique ways of saving a buck when clothing your children on a budget. I’d love to hear what you do?

4 thoughts on “5 Thrifty Tips for Clothing Children

  • June 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    The bulk of Jarvis's wardrobe was/is second hand (either hand me downs or op shop purchases) or hand made. So many of his clothes have been made from Justin's old clothes.

  • June 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I hardly ever buy the kids new stuff – occasional underwear or shoes, that's about it! Everything else is handed down, charity shopped, or given as gifts. makes perfect sense, and none of the kids mind in the least, even the 11 year old! xxx

  • June 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Oh Trudie – where were you 21 years ago ??????????
    Have the BEST day – heaps of love, hugs and positive energy !

  • June 19, 2013 at 6:37 am

    i do a variety from 2nd hand to sales to hand me downs from older to younger and gifts. the only thing i am missing is getting hand me downs from others – i am always the one passing on lol


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