I was just wondering what you ladies do for clothing? With large families it's different when buying clothing than having 1 child!
Do you buy every season? Or just fall and sumer? Do you budget a certain amount a money each month?
My husband and I are going to make our budget a little smaller this year for things to try and save money.
We do not get hand me downs very often maybe a few times a year. No one else in our families have kids and I don't have a lot real life friends not enough time in my day!
I've been very lucky with the girls, lots of hand me downs. With the boys, I buy as needed. Ayden and Dylan just needed pants. Target has super cheap pants, about $10.00 a pair. I usually buy the most clothes just before school starts.
Kristina, (formerly known as ~Kristina~)
doula and apprentice midwife
Wife to Jesse 8.18.01
Mom to Ayden 12.18.01, Kailey 7.1.03,
Ashlyn 6.11.05, Dylan 9.29.07 & Riley 12.8.09
I mostly just buy as needed, and I really don't think they need a lot.
My kids are very close in age and I have bins of hand-me-downs from the older kids (my kids call them the "too small bins" ), but we don't get many hand-me-downs from other people. I do shop sales or off season and rarely pay full price for items. If I find a particularly good sale I stock up and buy bigger sizes that the kids will eventually grow into.
My kids usually get a few new outfits for Christmas and birthday and back to school. I have a lot of friends with boys just bigger than my oldest for hand-me-downs too. I save everything worth saving in bins to pass to siblings--my ds2 has worn mostly what ds1 wore, though after 2 boys, many things have been worn out so this baby will need to have some new things--less and less is making it into the bins for saving (especially jeans). But I find things on clearance usually--I never buy full price.
I buy things along the way all year, just little here and there's that I think are cute or are a super good deal Twice a year though I do a BIG clothes buy. Usually in the spring and in the fall.
Wife to Jason
Brodie(9)~Deacon(8 )~Truman(8 )~Sawyer(5)~Elliot(3)~Finn 3/9/12
We get a bunch of hand me downs, but none of them are girl things (which I don’t mind at all). I try to keep a minimal amount of clothes so there’s less laundry and it’s easier to keep track of, but it just never works.
We do a big shop pre-school (fall) for DSS, and then a spring/summer shop. Come spring/summer I try to take his pants that he’s put holes in and make shorts out of them. It worked GREAT last year and he loved them. That way I can get 2 seasons out of the same pants.
For DD (2.5), it’s mostly grandparents, hand-me-downs, and aunts and uncles who pay for her clothes. Everyone wants to get girl clothes (1st girl out of DH’s 5 siblings in 17 years to have a girl). But they all buy her poofy pink stuff with lace (UGH – make me puke). In fact, Ivy did me proud this past Christmas. Her aunt got her to put on a poofy lacey shirt, and she took it off immediately and put on the new sweater I had got her (still pink in it, but stripes with purple and orange and brown). Thank you Ivy!
Other than that, we get a few things when they need it (Ivy only has 2 long sleeve shirts right now and it’s been -25 highs, so I got her another long sleeve shirt because it was cute and $5.
For Leo, he’s wearing hand me downs mostly. He has some from DSS (12yo), and some even from his cousins (now in their 20s!). But we also have a neighbour down the road who buys classy brand-named stuff for her son who is about 8 months older than Leo, so we have a bunch of really nice clothes on a regular basis. If this keeps up I will never have to buy anything for Leo!
The way I see it, I think I mostly wore 1-2 pairs of pants and a few shirts growing up, and I had to have them wrestled off me to get them washed. I probably had more (and a change of good clothes), but I obviously didn’t need them. If you asked me at the time, I didn’t need the good clothes either. On the other hand, those clothes were probably completely worn out by the time I got new ones so hand-me-downs were probably impossible.
If I limit it to 1-2 pairs of pants and 2-3 shirts each year, then I don’t mind paying for really good quality (organic) clothing.
Skyler Dylan 22 April 1999
Reed Aslan 17 June 2007 ~ 8 September 2008
Ivy Rayne 3 May 2009
Leo Spencer 2 Sept 2010
Forrest Reed 15 Aug 2012
I tend to buy things as needed. We were lucky and got a bunch of hand-me-downs from family, but my boys have grown fast and DS1 is comfortable in 5T and has basically caught up with the small 7 year-old who was providing the hand-me-downs, so we've been buying more recently. They're also starting to show preferences for clothes, so we'll see what happens with that.
big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and restarted at 30mo!
baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
8.16.12 & 12.16.12
I usually only buy things for back-to-school and then maybe something for birthday. We also have "too small" bins that I pull out of. And I have no shame in going to second hand stores to buy my boys clothes. Boys are rough on clothes so why pay a bunch for pants that are just going to get holes in the knees anyway. I also watch for clearance sales throughout the year. Oh and our budget for clothing & shoes for the entire family is $50/mo which is usually NOT used all in one month so it will carry over for months when there might be more clothes purchased--like August (back-to-school).
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012
I shop at 2nd hand stores and consignment shops. Once up on a child had a HUGE 1.00 sale and I got the baby all the summer stuff she needs for this year and for my oldest son all his clothing for school in the fall!
I don't buy any clothing full price. I always shop clearance.
50.00 a month isn't bad for a budget, I am trying to figure something out like that. Shoes are a big thing I buy those new but I love payless and I try to go when it's b1g1 50% off.
We are just trying to make our budget smaller that way we can save more.
I used to get the kids shoes from Payless, then I found good deals at other places for a while and didn't go to payless. Finally I went there for the kids back to school shoes this year and was really disappointed in the quality! DD's shoes were "talking" less than 4 weeks into the school year! Do you find the quality that poor on the shoes you get there? Or is this a recent thing? Or maybe just the choice of shoes they got?
My kids do not grow fast, so even buying a 1/2 size up they wear them about 6 months before outgrowing them. And I found that when I bought from other places on clearance, the shoes just got put in the "too small" bins with the clothes because they could still get another use from another child. But the payless ones are garbage after 1 kid---and were not even outgrown!
sorry about the payless rant But it bugged me!