1. Shop the clearance rack. I always look at the clearance racks when the seasons are changing to see what bargains I can pick up. However, I've found that one must watch out for two dangers when shopping clearance. One is that just because it's on clearance doesn't mean it's a good deal. The second is if you don't need it, then you didn't really save any money. With that said, I'd like to share the bargains I picked up last fall.
|7 pairs of boys shorts sizes 14-18|
|Enough summer clothing to outfit Amber for the summer.|
This shopping trip was in October last year. I also found swim trunks for all the boys for this summer and again I only paid $1 apiece for them.
Yes, there is some guess work involved in shopping a year in advance, but the few things I've ended up with that didn't fit I've always been able to find someone who can use them. The large savings far outweighs this little bit of loss. And truly it's not even a loss when I can bless someone else with my bargain.
2. Wear hand-me-down clothing. I save clothing that the children outgrow that a younger sibling might be able to grow into. I have them stored in a large dresser and in boxes that I label. Each fall and spring I go through the clothes and pull out what can be worn. I do not save everything. I go ahead and get rid of clothing that is worn and stained. I used to have a hard time doing this because I would think it could be used for every day play clothes. But I've found the children will not choose to wear those things, and then they just sit in their drawers. I guess they like to break in their own play clothes.