How often do you buy the kids new clothing?

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How often do you buy the kids new clothing?

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!

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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.

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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" Smile ), 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.

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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.

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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 Smile Twice a year though I do a BIG clothes buy. Usually in the spring and in the fall.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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"Mommyin0406080912" wrote:

Shoes are a big thing I buy those new but I love payless and I try to go when it's b1g1 50% off.

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 Biggrin But it bugged me!

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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.

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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.

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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! Smile 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! Smile

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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!

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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.

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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.)
http://www.thredup.com/

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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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!

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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. Smile 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. Smile They won't ever have those again. lol

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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.

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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.

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I'm so lucky when it comes to shoes! My mom loves bringing the kids shoe shopping for some reason so she almost always buys their tennis shoes. I get the girls more dressy shoes and sandals but those are so inexpensive in comparison (we get all those from Target usually)

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I love target shoes! I do go there too and I love their clearance buys! You can get shoes really cheap!