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Hi Everyone, I quess I will introduce myself a little more than I did before :). I'm 24, a SAHM, live in Utah, and I have 2 girls ages 4 and 2, and a 6 month old boy. I'm also on my second marriage and my husband is 26 and still in college. He married me 19 months ago and has taken on my 2

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    Hi Everyone, I quess I will introduce myself a little more than I did
    before . I'm 24, a SAHM, live in Utah, and I have 2 girls ages 4 and
    2, and a 6 month old boy. I'm also on my second marriage and my
    husband is 26 and still in college. He married me 19 months ago and
    has taken on my 2 girls and the debt my x left me with and has never
    complained (He's a wonderful man!) So I am wanting to know what any of
    you do to save $ on your kid's clothes but still get quality clothes
    that can be passed down to the other kids (and not look like they are
    wearing rags)? I especially need this while my husband is in school.
    My kids are the oldest of the grandkids on both sides of the family
    (my x is not in the picture at all anymore, he moved home to Canada
    over a year ago and has also never paid child support) so I don't have
    any family with clothes to pass down to my kids. Also if you have any
    clever things you have done to pass down some clothes that an older
    daughter wore then your son wore that would be great. I always try to

    find great sales at stores like Old Navy because I often hear of
    things other people have gotten (like a coat for $2) but I never seem
    to be at the store to find the deals

    Thanks!
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    Try freecycle.org and become a member. I have gotten a lot of great things
    there for my kids as well as myself. Good luck!
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    I go to used clothes stores, a lot of them still have the good prices, but
    more newer looking stuff or even try e bay. I have used shirts from my older
    two for my son that looks like neutral sex ones and same with pants.


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    I actually prefer to buy used clothes for my sons. You can see how it is going
    to look after being laundered, you don't have to worry about it shrinking, and
    no one knows if you bought it new and *your* child wore it from the beginning or
    if someone else's child did. You can also provide more variety of higher
    quality clothes and shoes if you aren't paying retail. Also, when my kid
    totally ruins a shirt I can take comfort in the fact that I only paid 50?

    instead of $12.00.

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    I go to consignment sales, we have a TON of them in my area. Here is one I
    have done twice a year, every year, for the past 5 years.
    (http://www.kidsignments.com) - you can see a picture of me standing in line
    waiting for the pre-sale to start a few years ago here:
    http://kidsignmentstags.home.mindspring ... starts.jpg I am in the
    grey sweatshirt with my arms crossed. I look mad, there is no telling what
    my friend and I are talking about! lol! Consignment sales shouldn't be hard
    to find...check your local "parent magazines" calendar. Usually churches
    Pre-school programs hold them, twin clubs, or just private individuals. If
    you don't find one, maybe you could start one. JeriLyn the lady that runs
    the one I sell in started in her garage and now she need two building at the
    local fair grounds for the 800 sellers she has! She probably clears 60-75%
    of her take from the sale. She does a 70/30 split with the sellers.

    I also hit as many thrift stores as I can. We also have a ton of those
    around. Pay attention to the various stores. One that I used to go to a
    lot had 50% day on Monday - every Monday *everything* was 50% off. You can
    get some great deals there. Goodwill is okay but America's Best is great!
    They mark stuff down. I have gotten jeans for $.59 before. We are talking
    name brand, designer jeans. I would buy ALL of DD's clothes at thrift
    stores for the summer, especially for summer camp! If they got lost, messed
    up or totally destroyed so what? I only spent $1 (or what ever) on it!
    Even now as an 11 year old in Junior sized clothing I still buy most of her
    stuff at thrift stores. I buy, Tommy Hilfiger, MUDD, GAP, Old Navy,
    Abercrombie etc. etc. for nothing. I have walked out of Goodwill with two
    trash bags stuffed for maybe $100 and the "street value" of the stuff in
    there is easily worth $2,000.
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    I know that sears has already been mentioned but another good store to get cheap
    clearance clothes is JC Penny's for christmas this year my mom got my dd a pair
    of MUDD Jeans regular price $35.99 for $6.99 they only had one pair in her size
    out of three racks of jeans. I have got my boys some shirts there for $3.00 a
    piece
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    Wow...an 800-seller consignment sale. That would be my dream come
    true! Unfortunately, I live in the Boston area. Know of any similar
    sales up here anyone??

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    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Need $ saving tips for kids clothes

    This is going to sound strange, but the things I can't get at the Goodwill
    or Salvation Army, I end up getting of the clearance rack at Gap and Old
    Navy. I have a hard time finding pants for my boys at thrift stores,
    probably because they get used up by previous owners. The problem with
    clothes from Walmart and also I've noticed at JCPenney is that they just
    don't hold up very long to my active kids. I can get sturdy jeans off the
    clearance rack for my 5 yr. old at the Gap that will last months and months
    for $5.00. I also sometimes find $3.00 t-shirts that also will last a very
    long time. I actually bought a heavy down jacket at the Gap for my 5 yr.
    old for $20.00, marked down from $70.00. (Okay, that was way over priced!)
    It's the first time he's had a good warm winter coat and it is a little big;
    I know he'll wear it for 3 winters.
    But that's my 5 yr. old, I don't have any luck at all finding stuff for my
    teenager. For some reason there seems to be alot of clearance stuff for the
    size 4-10 crowd .
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    Another great resource for childrens clothes or anything else you
    might need is http://www.freecycle.org I see kids clothes on my local group
    all the time not to mention cribs, strollers, cans of formula that
    someone didn't use, furniture and appliances. It is really a great
    way to stretch any budget. I know I must sound like a rabid promoter
    but freecycle has just been such an amazing experience for me I just
    feel compelled to share it



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    Hi there! I also live in Utah and I buy most of my kid clothes at
    yard sales! In the summer I get up and go every Saturday bright and
    early to get the good stuff. I have found some GREAT deals at yard
    sales. I even buy clothes that my kids may not be able to wear for
    2-3 years, if the price in right! I also always check out the
    clearance racks anytime I go in a store. I have to admit I am a
    sucker for buying kids clothes and it makes my husband mad since we
    don't have alot of money, but I can justify my spending since I get
    them for so cheap! For example, last summer at a yard sale, I found
    a winter coat for my son, 25 cents!! and it was in perfect
    condition! It looked like it had been worn maybe once or twice. It
    wasn't name brand or anything, it was Target brand.... but 25 cents
    was a steal! When I was pregnant with him the summer before I
    bought him a pair of Levi Strauss brand 3-6 month jeans for 50
    cents! Yard sales are also a great way to make a little cash. Last
    August I sold tons of my kids old clothes and made $400!!! My
    oldest daughter isn't even three yet, and I was able to make that
    much off of old clothes! And it was mostly clothes, not many toys or
    other nick nack things!

    I don't shop at the DI, I have found their clothes expensive for
    being used, I can find better deals on clearance racks for brand new
    clothes! There is also Kid to Kid. I just sold a garbage bag of
    clothes to them and got $50 cash, they also give a little more if
    you get store credit. I could have gotten $60. I rarely find
    anything in there that I really like.... maybe once in awhile!

    Another great place to get clothes is in Park City if you can ever
    make it up there to the outlets. Watch for when Children's Place
    has the "Monster Sale" and you get an additional 30% off of already
    reduced prices! I have found great deals up there too! but
    probably only worth it if you have the time and a little money to
    spend on gas!

    Okay, I think I have rambled on enough. BTW, if you are still
    reading this.... : ) My name is Tonya and I live in Utah. I am a
    SAHM to dd (3 in Feb) and ds (16 months). My dh and I are both
    starving students attending the local community college. My dh lost
    his job last year and had to take a major cut in pay! So now we are
    really living frugal!

    Tonya

    Another thing I just though of after reading a previous post about
    clothes not holding up... if you think this may be a problem for
    you, check out Sears and Shopko. They will replce the article of
    clothing if it get worn down before your child outgrows it!
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    RE: Budget101.com : Need $ saving tips for kids clothes



    I buy a lot of my clothes on sale or clearance at The Children's Place
    or Sears. They usually have great deals! I got my kids coats (one size
    too big so it would last through this year) at the children's place last
    year for $11.00 each regular price, Wal-mart had the same type of
    clothes for $22.00 on sale. I shop the clearances a lot for the the next
    year so that helps. I've gotten good long sleeve shirts at the
    children's place for $0.99 each. Plus, they usually have sales a few
    times a year when you get to take an extra 30% off all sale items
    (including clearance). The kids don't like wearing jeans very often so I
    buy a lot of knit outfits for them which tend to be cheaper. I do have a
    pair of jeans that i fixed for my daughter by cutting out a strawberry
    shortcake design out of a piec of fabric and using some heat n bond I
    ironed it onto the jeans to cover up wholes and stains and then I went
    the fabric with some clear glue to make sure it wouldn't fray and to
    keep it down after washings then I took some glitter paint and rubbed it
    all over the jeans for that expensive sparkle affect. those type of
    jeans usually cost around here $21.00 I made them for around $5.00. And
    now I have enough left over that I can make more with out spending a
    dime.

    Another thing I like to do is for shirts that have stains, I buy some
    iron ons or make my own and put those over the stain. Nobody could ever
    tell there was a stain there.

    HTH,
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    Jeanie,
    We get a lot of our kids clothes at stores like Target and Walmart. They
    have some great sales, like jeans for $3 and shirts for $2. Then we just
    make sure everything matches so we can mix and match outfits. That's how my
    kids got their winter clothes this year.
    Good Luck!
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