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How to Save Money on Kids Clothes


As a parent I’m always looking for ways to spend smart and make my dollar stretch, and these days it’s become more of a necessity for more and more of us. When it comes to outfitting our kids, luckily there are many good options to avoid paying full price for their clothes. Family Hack recently wrote a list of 5 ways we can dress our kids for a fraction of the full price tag. In addition to their list, here are my suggestions with local links:


Many thrift stores are known to have bargain prices, but you may have to revisit often as inventory changes constantly, and some may not allow returns. My favorite thrift shop is Savers, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club of America (but does accept returns). Check out their newly renovated store in East Providence – huge, clean, and well organized.
– E. Providence: 1925 Pawtucket Ave, East Providence, RI
– Warwick: 24 Universal Blvd, Warwick, RI
Salvation Army – Check here for a location near you.


Prices will be a bit higher at these shops because the clothes tend to be cleaner and more trendy than what you typically find in thift shops. If you consign clothes, you can opt for credit towards buying more clothes, making this an even more affordable option and a great way to pass on clothes that look “almost new.” Read more on how to consign your kids’ clothes and toys.

Local consigment shops:
Love Bugs – 746 Hope Street, Providence
Just Ducky – 34 Gooding Avenue, Bristol
Little Pumpkins – 759 Tiogue Avenue, Coventry
Adored By Us – 2949 Hartford Ave Johnston (*New Location)
Children’s Orchard – 20 Commerce Way # 7, Seekonk, MA (Near Target)

Yard sale season is here. You can find great deals because many yard sale shoppers are looking for furniture. You can often bargain and buy clothes in bulk.

This is the best way to save and recycle gently used clothing. Invite friends to a kids clothes swap at your house or school. Make it simple and have everyone bring bags of clothes their kids no longer wear, sorted by gender and size, and let everyone take what they want.

Spread the word. Tell friends and daycare or childcare providers that you accept used clothes. I tell my friends with older boys that I’m happy to have their hand-me-downs and in turn I pass on some of my sons’ outgrown clothes to friends with boys younger or smaller than my own. This is a great way to save on purchasing clothes and to give your kids’ stuff–which may be in perfect condition–a longer life.

1. Take advantage of off-season sales and buy ahead, but be careful not to over-buy since you never know when your child will have a growth spurt. You don’t want to be stuck with a bunch of summer shorts that never get worn.

2. Try to buy only what you need when thrift shopping. It is easy to get lulled by cheap prices and buy more than you need, negating some of your savings.

3. Label storage bins: I have bins in my sons’ closet labeled by season, outgrown clothes to donate, clothes to consign and clothes donated to us that don’t fit yet. This way I stay organized and avoid shoppiing for items we do not need.

What are your tips for saving money on kids clothes?

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  • There will be a children’s clothing swap next month in Providence.

    Sept. 12th
    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
    50 Orchard Ave. (near Wayland Sq.), Providence

    Drop off your outgrown and clean clothes at the church anytime starting Sept. 7th (please mark that they are for the clothing swap)

    Bring what you have, take what you need!

    The Thrift Shop will also be open so you can find something for yourself, too!

  • It’s hard to find good used boys’ clothes once you’re out of the Toddler sizes– they’re usually wrecked by then. But we usually have good luck at Savers. They have an especially huge selection of Red Sox jerseys these days.

  • When I find great tshirts on sale–Boden, Crewcuts, Garnet Hill all have soft Ts on sale periodically–i buy them in many sizes. I have to remember where I stored them, but buying a lot at once while they’re cheap saves time and money, as long as i remember I have them when my kids grow into them.

  • love this Anisa….. I have clothed my children and all of our friend’s kids this way for years. We also have a very elaborate hand-me-down chain that involves several steps from cousin to cousin, friend to friend, etc. My friends know I’m a thrift store addict so give me standing orders of what they need too. So when I find that perfect pair of keens that are a boys size 5 for $5, I know just who needs them (you get the idea). Also, don’t forget the Wheeler Clothing sale every spring. As the weekend progresses the prices drop and the quality can’t be beat. Last year, it was fill a huge bag for $20 on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy the hunt!!!!