Discussion, Parenting

Going Cheap On Kid’s Clothes: Are Expensive Clothes Worth It?

My children have a ton of clothes! No kidding, they’re set up until they’re about five. Again, I have a 1 1/2 year old, and a 2 month old, both are boys so they can share clothes of course. Let me be honest, my husband and I haven’t spent more than $100 on clothes for our children, let alone $50. The reason for this is simple, we’ve pretty much scored all of their clothes from their baby showers, other family members (Whether they purchased new clothes or passed along hand-me-downs), and garage sales! Some of you may not be that lucky as maybe you didn’t have a baby shower, maybe you’re the first to have kids in your family, and maybe money is a little tight this month. So click here to learn how to save money on kids clothes. Yup, I got you covered.

Don’t get me wrong, despite the amount of clothes the kids have, we could be unnecessary and buy more.

Why we don’t?:

  1. Clothes for kids are expensive
  2. They’ll grow out of them

I’m that person that looks for coupons and deals. If I know that I can get an item cheaper elsewhere, I’ll put it back on the rack and drive my happy butt wherever that elsewhere may be. If you’re not the type of person that looks at the screen when you’re getting rung up to double check that the prices are correct and the total adds up to that number you calculated on your phone’s calculator, I cringe for you. A pair of children’s shoes can start at $20, kick up to $40 and even go up from there. That’s ridiculous! We’re talking about shoes for kids!

Let’s continue with the shoe concept for a minute. Say I bought a pair of $40 shoes for my kid, I could also buy a pair of shoes for myself at the same price (Maybe even score a buy two pairs for $40) and I could wear them for the rest. of. my. life. Would you purchase an expensive article of clothing for yourself, knowing that you wouldn’t be able to fit it months from now? If the answer is yes, you’re crazy. Let’s be realistic guys! Kids grow fast. I’m one of those mom’s that bawl up on the couch just looking at old photos of my kids (While they’re sleeping) because I think of how much they’ve grown since. I remember when I just found out I was pregnant with my first child. He turns two this year. Do yourself a favor, grab a newborn onesie and lay it next to a 3-6 month onesie. Do you see how big the difference is and just how short of the time between the two is!?

There are other things to think about, maybe your kids are the ones that always end up spilling things and dirtying their clothes, maybe they don’t even care about what they’re wearing (Believe it or not some kids are picky) that pattern may be cute to you, but you know they love Cars and My Little Pony, maybe the clothes you’re buying are nice but they may not be comfortable. There’s a lot more to it.

Well, the money you might be spending on your children’s clothes may be a lot, or it may be a little. Whatever that amount of money is, just remember it’s spent for a temporary cause.

It’s your money, but hey…

Think about it,

Ana Golobic

 

 

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