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Kids clothes shopping is not the most fun of activities, and it can be challenging taking them shopping and being pulled in several different directions at once. What with the fact that they’re growing so fast as well, it means that regular wardrobe updates for the kids can make a huge dent in your wallet.
So, it’s time to start making cutbacks and savings, but how do you do that without compromising on your children’s well-being? After all, you don’t want them walking around shabbily dressed. Here are a few tips to get you started…
Use sales periods to your advantage
Sales periods can be quite stressful if you don’t know how to navigate them. Make a list of all the things that the kids actually need and buy everything online. It will be far easier to search through web pages than sale rails, and you won’t have the kids throwing items at you. Then you can simply return them after getting the kids to try them on.
Be sure to buy any extra items you need such as play clothes or swimwear too; these need to be of a good quality, so sales are the perfect time to snap them up at a cheaper price.
Don’t be afraid of cheaper brands
Remember that your children are growing at an alarming rate. You could go with the old fashioned method passed down from mothers gone by of buying clothes that are too big for them, with the intention of them growing into them later. In practice however, this isn’t the best option, and you can bet your kids will hate it too. Instead, don’t be afraid of the cheaper supermarket brands or online clothing labels.
The most important thing is that you buy enough clothes for your children – when they’re young, they won’t be bothered about the latest this and that. This way, you can afford to buy more in a years’ time when they’ve grow out of them, and it won’t break the bank to get a new wardrobe.
Make the most of multi-buys
I love the multi-buy offers that so many shops are now using. I first came across this idea when I was recently buying a suit and waistcoat combination from Jacamo, and received money off when buying certain items together.
Basically, this is where you purchase one item, and then receive a discount on additional items either from the same line, brand and so on. It makes shopping for kids a hell of a lot easier, because when it comes to school uniforms, summer holiday clothing or anything else that wear out in a short space of time, you can effectively buy them in bulk and save a huge amount of money.
What did you think of my top buying tips? I’m sure there are plenty of other ways to become a savvy shopper, so if you know any of them that can help fellow fathers to save on kids’ clothes, do share them in the comments below…