We have been lucky with people just dropping bags of clothes on our porch. I pick out what i like and donate the rest. The younger kids are all set, the older ones get clothes when needed. i do pick up some good clothes in Goodwill stores! In middle school and high school, brands matter, so these become Bday/Xmas presents.
Also I do buy the younger kids some clothes occasionally, just so they don't feel like all they get is used clothes.
Shoes- it varies. Payless shoes fall apart too quick, so i try to buy better brand to last longer. I have coupons and they have sales.
I try and buy ahead, especially if I find good sales. I usually do one or two big trips as seasons are changing to get stuff for the next year, and then I'll do smaller trips if I need or see something worth getting. I have bins that I put new or outgrown but still in good shape stuff in labeled by size. I try and stay about two sizes ahead of my oldest so that I'm not caught off guard when a growth spurt hits. Shoes are the one big splurge for us because I keep the ones that hold up for play shoes for the littles.
I hand down what I can...always accept hand me downs from others...and buy when I feel like it. If I see jeans for Nick has become an issue...we get new jeans. I am addicted to bathing suits especially for little babies...my babies end up with like 7 bathing suits (boys and girls) because I see them...love them, and buy them! Shoes...I buy what I feel like when they need it. We are not the type to have 10 pairs of shoes...but boots, sneakers, and dress shoes for each child. I buy Uggs for my oldest girls and from Hollister etc for them....so they fit in...which irritates me a bit...because I am not like that...and I wish they were not...but we live in an area with way more money than I had growing up...so I have NEVER cared about that. I do NOT want my kids to be targets at school for bullying...as it is...we are tiny (short) and we have a huge family...and they dont need another bulls eye around them...so I do what I can. I cant wait to go back to work some days so I can contribute financially to this family!! For the littles I buy second hand when I can...look for sales all the time...and like I said we accept hand me downs from EVERYONE that is kind enough to offer!
Holly- I feel the quality is not that good but they last 4-5 months so I will take it! I don't feel right paying 30 dollars for shoes that wont last. And I don't hand down shoes. Everyones foot is different and when you wear used shoes they might not feel right. So for me I think it's worth it.
But if I see really good shoes on clearance I will buy them. But not full price at all. I don't even get new shoes at full price but I am a crocs kind of person and I get them cheap when crocs.com has those big sales!
I used to buy shoes at Payless as well, but they were falling apart less than a month later. Now I buy shoes for the boys at Big 5. They always have great deals on shoes and they last a LOT longer than anything else we have bought.
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012
I never buy them new clothes unless they're on clearance. I rarely pay more than $5 for an article of clothing other than shoes. Most of our clothes are hand me downs, but I also like to shop the local Salvation Army. They have lots of good clothes and often have 1/2 price sale, so I can get most articles of clothing for under $3.
If you don't have anyone to share clothing with, you could try thredUP. I've heard great things about it. You can receive your first box of clothes before you ever send any out. People tend to send their best because that's what they would like to receive. (It's on an honor system.)
I go to Payless occasionally, but I watch out for the quality, because they are hit and miss. I prefer to buy clearance at the end of the season at K-mart or Sears, because they have good quality shoes for a good price. I don't worry if I mis-judge sizes, since if it doesn't fit one boy, chances are it will fit another. I also have a really good handle on what size my kids' feet will be and for how long. (For instance, size 11 seems to last forever, then overnight they seem to skip 2 full sizes.) I don't shop Wal-Mart any more, but what shoes I have gotten from them were worse than Payless shoes.
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Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
Well, our situation is not as financially stable as I would like it to be, so they don't really get new clothes very often. With my oldest, thankfully his dad will buy him whatever he needs... all I have to do is just ask him (and that's above and beyond the child support that he gives me), so I'm very lucky there. With my son Max, for shirts he generally gets Reagan's hand-me-downs. For pants, however, that child will get holes in the knees every couple of months, so I'll buy him one pair a week at Walmart when that starts happenening until he has enough pairs to sustain. And it's not like I can cut them and make them shorts, he refuses to wear them! He says that he hates "short sleeve pants" lol... that's what he calls them! With DD, thankfully my mom has saved every outfit from my little sisters and I get all of those, so I've maybe bought her six or seven outfits since birth... everything else she gets from her Nana! With my new little man Trystan, I spent my entire pregnancy buying things for him here and there (I gave away pretty much all of my other sons' baby outfits, so I had to start at square one!) and he's been in size 3-6 months for a few weeks now, so he's the one that needs new clothes desperately! So to sum up my answer, yes, it's very hard for us to buy new clothes, but they do get them whenever I have any extra money. I mostly do my shopping at Walmart or The Children's Place, but only there if I have a great coupon that I got in an email!
Krystal & Donovan - 12/2/06
Reagan - 10/2/02
Maximus - 3/10/05
Liberty - 12/11/08
My angel in Heaven 1/7/13
I buy clearance all year for school clothes for the next year. We start school the last week in July, so the winter stuff stays in my closet until they need it. I find great deals online at crazy8, children's place, etc. And I always shop clearance there and use an additional %0ff coupon code. I also have been very blessed with handmedowns. My youngest SIL is just 4years older than my dd, so we get lots from her. Now that ds is older I get very little handme downs for him, and he wears out pants quickly (and pants are rarely on clearance), so I do thrift, I can buy brand name pants that will last for cheaper than I can buy a pair of walmart pants that won't last, and if they do wear out, I am out $3-$4. It does take a lot more looking. Thankfully my kids are fine with yard sale and thrift clothes, and as long as that lasts, we will do it. Hopefully it will last a long time, because I love thrifting for me too. I had all of ds's old clothes saved (as well as dd) so the twins have lots, and I have a good friend from church that is done having kids so she gives me lots of clothes too, nice brand names in excellent condition.
We buy shoes when the kids need a new pair, sometimes if I find good clearance I buy ahead, but not often. My kids have nice pumas right now because their grandma won a gift card. They won't ever have those again. lol
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
I do two big shopping trips a year, spring and fall. I also buy as needed though. Isaiah's been tough because he's in twelve month clothes already but he doesn't fit into pants of any kind so it's just one piece outfits and since my older son was in clothes at the appropriate ages I've had to buy for him more than I thought I would. We do have a lot of hand me downs for the boys and obviously dd@ gets a lot from dd1. I budget for the whole big shopping trips but don't spend it evenly between kids since our oldest is not only older and cares me about what she's wearing but she doesn't get any hand me downs.' I'll buy if I see a really good sale too, especially things like jeans.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
I agree with buying quality shoes. The extra money shows in how long they last. My kids have a pair of rubber boots, runners, and dress shoes. Dress shoes don't get worn often, so I have no problem buy Payless. But, I always get name brand runners and wait until I find a buy one get the second 1/2 off or something like that. I don't mind spending $30-40 dollars on runners if I know they will last all year and still be alright to pass down to the next kids as play shoes.