Money does not grow on trees. And, as your child grows, so too does the amount of money that you need to spend on them. Keeping on top of your finances when you have children can be tough. They will always need to be fed and watered. You will have to pay for things like books and toys and the latest video games and tech devices. Then come the school trips, the after-school clubs, and all of the other costs involved in entertaining your child.
One area that can often be very costly is clothing for your child. Your kids will grow, and when they are continually going through growth spurts, the clothes you bought them last year, or even just a few months ago, will no longer fit them. Added to that is the fact that lots of kids are brave and fearless, rough and tumble is a natural part of play, and as a result, so are scuffed knees and tears in perfectly good clothes.
Budgeting for your kid’s clothes is a problem in itself. Here are some great ways of saving money on your children’s clothing.
Quality Over Value
For many parents, fast fashion from budget retailers is a great way of putting clothes of your kid’s backs for as little as possible. However, there is a flip-side to this which makes the logic of buying value clothing into a false economy. Cheaper clothes are often not designed to last. They may fall apart at the seams very easily, become stretched and warped after a few times of wearing them or develop holes very quickly. In addition to this, there is the environmental and ethical impact of buying clothing is this manner. Often, the clothing will have been made in very poor working conditions and the workers will be vastly underpaid in order to keep costs low. The materials will also be sourced in a way that is not eco-friendly too.
Instead of buying cheaper, fast fashion, have a look for a better quality clothing brand. Check out well-made kids sportswear by Rascal Clothing for example.
Check out how well made an item is before you buy it. If it costs twice as much but looks like it will last four times as long, then you are already saving money in the long-run.
Use Hand-me-down Clothing
If you have more than one child, make sure that you are keeping clothes that the eldest has grown out of to pass on to the younger child. Similarly, if your children have cousins, or you have friends with children, make sure that you are passing on good clothes to each other that you no longer need. Wearing second-hand clothes is not only a great way to save money, it is much better for the environment as it means that an item of clothing is being worn for as long as possible before it eventually is worn out and serves no purpose any longer.