Cloth your kids for less than $10

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Clothing kids is no small feat. When they’re born, they’re so tiny. But within weeks, everything you bought in that size looks like doll clothes in comparison to your growing child. And that trend of constant growth is pretty consistent for at least their first 13 years! And while that growth brings us great joy, it can also be a constant pull on our purse strings. But with just a few tips, money and growth don’t have to always be at odds.

Just two days ago, I went to Target because they are the only place I have found that sells a particular type of album I love. I had a coupon which gave me a great deal on them so I went in specifically for that. After looking up and down and asking three different sales reps, I finally found them, bought all 4 they had on the shelf and started to walk to check out since my family was waiting for me in the car. But, on my way to the cashier, I took the extra-long route just so I could detour and take a look at kids’ clearance. This is tip #1!!!!!! Always plan a few extra minutes into your shopping trips (especially if you’re at Target) to peruse the clearance aisle. While there, I found 3 tops for my daughter at $1.50 each, a dress for $3.60, and a cute, hot pink cardigan for $4. And this wasn’t the first time I found treasures hidden in clearance racks. So, buy adding 5 minutes to my trip, I picked up 5 items of clothing for just over $10. What a deal! Public service announcement – Clearance is not a bad word! Neither is it a shameful act to simply take a look. You never know what treasures you will find. Just like the rest of the store, the clearance aisle is new clothing. But to make room for more inventory, they ‘clear’ some items out by drastically reducing the price. $1.50 vs $7, which would you rather pay?

Tip #2. Another great option is to use clothing coupons on top of sale/clearance prices. JcPenney periodically offers $10 off $10 or more for their loyalty card holders. So whenever I get these coupons, I always go, look for clothing that’s around $10.01 and I walk out of there paying .01 cent for $10 of clothing. Try to stay as close to the minimum acceptable to maximize your savings. I just bought a white, lace Joe Fresh dress for her that was on clearance for $11.00. With the coupon, I spent $1 for it.

I’ve never been one for buying second hand clothing at thrift stores, consignments shops, etc…. because I find that there prices are still as high, if not higher than, clearance prices. But if you find something worthwhile, this way, that’s tip #3. Buy used.

With these three tips, buying new clothes for your children shouldn’t break the bank. Bargain specialists always find ways to save! #bargainspecialists #mymoney ismine #savingismydrug

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