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Save $$$ on Kid’s Clothing

Hand-me-downs and thrifting are great, but when you need to embarrass your kids with brand new matching outfits, you gotta go shopping! Here are 5 easy ways to save time, money and stress when finding kids clothes.

1. Size up during sales

  • We love shopping after-season sales in the next size up.  Things like bathing suits and jackets. Consider buying your favorite pieces in multiple sizes especially because they might get discontinued. You can find some amazing deals!  
  • Know the markdown schedules and always be shopping the previous season.  We recently found some awesome scores for the boys.
  • Focus on getting quality staples at a really good price.  When you find those awesome scores keep a section of the closet of items to grow into so you’re never stuck paying full price.

2. Triple Threat for Deals

  • This is my favorite part. I look for 3 things: a sale, a coupon code, and Ebates cash back.  Ebates is the largest cashback site which partners with over 2,000 stores!! Put it on your browser and shop how you normally would to get cashback.  At the end of every quarter, you get a big fat check back with all of your savings. You get a $10 bonus just for joining and they have TONS of stores that are offering double cash back and even more for mommy madness.  
  • I recently scored the cutest outfits for the boys for Easter – just $9 each!! It’s only so long where they can both be matching and be cool with it.

3. Buy smart

  • Buy gender neutral whenever you can especially things like outerwear and sleep sacks. It’s really easy to pass down to other kids.  
  • I would recommend avoiding white, for obvious reasons.
  • Get creative with sizing!  Just because something says 12-18 months doesn’t mean you can’t roll up the pant legs especially if the waist fits.  
  • For boys, look for pants with cinched waists and buttons on the side.  Presley has some of the cutest leggings she wears as capris. And old dresses make really adorable tops.

4. Don’t forget returns  

  • Keep receipts in a folder in case you need to make returns of any unworn clothes.
  • Target offers returns on their Cat & Jack brand for up to a year after purchase.
  • Costco will always take returns back even if they’re worn as long as you have the receipt.  
  • With gifted clothing items, you can return them even without a receipt and most places will give you store credit.

5. Make the most of clearances

  • Most stores have a price-adjustment period so if something drops upon further sale take it back within 14 days to get your money back.  It’s so annoying when the clearance rack is so picked over.
  • I like to call my local stores and ask when the clearance will be released so I can be the first person to see it. I also shop with a list on my phone so I don’t get distracted.

Hope this video gave you some great tips!



Kathryn is mom to two little boys and passionate about finding ways for families to stretch a dollar - and have fun getting there. She is the mastermind behind Doitonadime on YouTube where she shares truly doable budget and organizing tips.