As a mother of boys can tell you (or maybe just mine), they are tough on their clothes. Why my boys think they need to slide into every single base (yes, even first) and every tree needs to be climbed, and every rock needs to be picked up and analyzed, I cannot tell you. What I can tell you is that as incredibly frustrating and annoying it is to have my kids treck in front outside covered in mud with holes in their pants and snags on their shirts. However, I understand their need to explore the great outdoors and not be concerned about their clothing or (gulp!) how their clothes get paid for.
When they come in dirty, stained, sweating, an ripped, I bite my tongue and shepherd them to the bath while I let them exclaim over the pine cones they brought home (yes- we can save them for a project) or thee rocks they collected (no-we don’t have room for rocks). I inwardly cringe at the ripped and destroyed clothes, but I try not to let those cries of dismay reach them. After all, their job is to make messes and play. My job is to allow them to do so. We are privileged to live in a time and place where clothing is cheap and easily come by. No longer do I need to sit by candlelight and mend ripped pants.
Strategy to Save Money on Clothes
In an effort to be a better and calm mother, I have decided on a plan to make the sting a little less painful. Besides budgeting and planning A LOT of money for clothes (We set aside money each month, and usually a large chunk of our tax refund gets placed in the account as well), I make sure to shop sales and constant look at deal sites, like Slickdeals, to help me find the best deals on clothes that I can.
When something is on sale, then I buy a lot of it. I like the OldNavy Karate style pants, but they are pricey when it’s the full price- especially since we seem to go through so many of them. But, when they go on sale, they are quite reasonable, and I buy a bunch. I keep them in my closet and dole them out carefully. While I want my kids to feel free to explore and run to their heart’s content, I also want them to realize that not everything is disposable, and we can’t just ruin things without thought.
When pants are beyond repair ( I try to patch the knees when I can for the sake of money and to be eco-friendly), I have a new pair ready for them.
In terms of t-shirts- I buy a stack whenever they go on sale. There are times when they’re under $4 a shirt! I buy plain t-shirts and nice polo shirts from OldNavy to have something a little dressier for when it is needed.
For some reason, shirts often escape the ripping thing, but they do get filthy and stained, so we end up going through quite a bit of those as well. Whenever there is a sale or deal, I like to buy a bunch to help keep clothes costs down. If I have extra put away, I don’t need to spend full price in an emergency.
Slickdeals offers deals, coupons, promo codes, and discounts. You can also set up deal alerts to get notified of the latest deals. They also have an app to get deals at your fingertips ( I have never used it). They also have a Slickdeals browser extension that auto applies coupons for you. I check Slickdeals all the time to get the best deals on Old Navy clothes.
What do you do to make shopping for kid’s clothing easier or cheaper?