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Save Money on Kids' Clothes

Find the Best Children's Clothing Deals

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It's easy to spend quite a lot of money on your kids' clothes. After all, you want them to look their best. However, you don't have to spend top dollar on each outfit if you learn how to shop smart. These simple tips will help you save money and find the best children's clothing deals in your area:

Buy Gently Used Clothing
  • Consignment Shops/Goodwill Stores - This is a great way to purchase staples such as jeans and sweatshirts, as well as play clothes and dressier items for special occasions. Call ahead to find out when the used clothing store nearest you will begin to display styles for next season, and make plans to visit the store early to find the best quality items. In addition, plan to sell your children's used clothing at least once a season.

  • Yard Sales/Garage Sales - You can get some unbelievable deals shopping at the yard sales and garage sales right in your own neighborhood. For the best shopping, check your local newspaper to locate sales and map out your route. Then plan to head out early in the morning to find the best selection of items.
Shop the Discount Racks
  • The Children's Place, Old Navy, and The Gap run terrific sales at the end of each season.

  • Shop ahead for next year.

  • This is a great way to purchase high-quality jeans and staple items that won't easily wear out.
Shop Online
  • eBay - This is especially helpful when you know exactly what you are looking for, such as a winter coat or a dress for a special occasion.

  • Land's End Overstocks - Great for bathing suits, shirts, dresses, and leggings.

  • Search for Coupon Codes - Before you purchase clothing through online retail stores, Google the name of the store and the phrase "coupon code." This will help you find current coupons that can add up to significant savings when you check out online.
Take Advantage of Specialized Shopping Programs
  • Sears Kidvantage - For every $100 you spend on children's clothing and shoes at your local Sears store, you'll receive a 15% off coupon toward your next purchase. In addition, if your kids wear out an item before they outgrow it, Sears will replace the same item in the same size for free.

  • Your Favorite Stores - Ask whether they offer any special programs for loyal shoppers.
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