Let’s start with the kids. They grow out of stuff fast! And it can cost you a fortune if you aren’t savvy about it. Here’s some ideas.
Buying gender neutral clothing means that your son and daughter (or even future ones) can use the same outfits. For example, babies can wear onesies in neutral colours like yellow, cream and navy. Kids can share items like pyjama pants, winter gear, raincoats, tennis shoes, and even jumpers.
It’s amazing how inexpensive perfectly good secondhand clothing can be. Many parents have large quantities of clothes to unload. Since kids grow so quickly, used kids’ clothes are likelier to be better quality and less worn than adults’ so check out Ebay, second hand shops and family for ideas.
Go up a size when you can. Some clothes are worn so infrequently—like raincoats or bulky jackets—that a bigger size doesn’t seem as obvious the couple times a year that they are used. Other items, like winter PJs, are comfy even if they’re slightly roomy. They’ll last a few extra years then!
Don’t fall for “It’s so Cute!”
Buying shoes for instance that are ‘so cute’ on impulse is a mistake. Think about what your child really needs. Perhaps a couple of good runners, a pair of sandals and a pair of thongs will suffice. Do this with all their clothing – think about what they really will wear and need.
Repurpose what you have
If your child has outgrown his onesie, try cutting off the feet to last a little while longer or the rest of the season at least. Cut off the feet of long socks to make leg or ankle warmers.
Take care of your clothes
It goes without saying that if you take good care of your clothes then they’ll last longer. Wash them as per their instructions and use gentle products like our Powdered Laundry Detergent or our gentle wool washes. Hang clothes on the line and store properly.
Sell what you don’t wear
If it’s in good condition then try to sell what you have rather than just giving it away or worse, throwing it out. This will save you money to spend on more clothes!
- Buy at the second hand stores yourself for clothes or Ebay
- Shop on clearance sales
- Shop out of season clothes for great deals
- Repurpose old clothes – jeans into shorts
- Only buy what you need and try to make a wardrobe that mixes and matches well
- Buy generic for t-shirts, knickers etc
- Find your style and build on it with classic pieces that will last for years
- Buy clothes that fit you now!
- Look in the mens section for cheaper t-shirts etc
- Update clothes with belts, scarves, jewellery etc
- Buy clothing that is easy to care for. Look for clothes that can be washed instead of dry cleaned. Read the care label sewn on the garment
- Learn how to sew on buttons, shorten hems, and mend tears. Clothes will last longer and save you money.