Shopping for kids’ clothes can be an expensive proposition, especially in fall when cooler temperatures mean buying big price tag items like sweaters and winter-weight coats. Finding deals on clothes for kids can take a little smart planning and a bit of legwork, but with some creative shopping tips and strategies you can outfit your children in quality clothes for a fraction of their original cost. Here are few helpful tips and ideas for finding deals on kids’ clothes this fall.
Possibly the easiest way to get kids clothes at a deep discount is by signing up at your favorite children’s retailer, either on their website or in the store. This can not only score you coupons in both your e-mail and regular mailbox, but you’ll also receive notifications of sales. Also, signing up at online coupon sites, like Coupons.com, CouponCabin.com, CouponMom.com, RetailMeNot.com, and SmartSource.com can turn you on to some great deals you wouldn’t otherwise know about.
When it comes to buying kids clothes, as with most things, some times are better than others. Buying fall clothes in August will likely mean paying top dollar unless you’re shopping during a big back-to-school sale. Likewise, unless there’s a sale, you’ll probably shell out more for heavy sweaters or warm winter coats before Christmas than after. While you certainly can’t send your child off shivering into the snow without any outerwear while you’re waiting for that down jacket to go on clearance, if you can wait for some things, you’ll get a better price. Most things go on sale six to eight weeks after they first arrive in the store, generally well before they’re actually needed. Try to do your shopping on a Thursday night, when weekend sales are just getting started but the racks haven’t yet been picked clean.
Off price retailers, like Marshalls and TJ Maxx have a great selection of kids clothing at considerable discounts. Garments are only marginally organized, so you’ll have to dig a bit through lots of racks, but the selection is considerable. If you haven’t already been to an off price retailer, you might be surprised by just how many cute clothes and brand names you’ll find. Many also have extensive shoe departments, as well!
You may think that auction sites, like eBay, are only for collectors and antiques dealers, but the truth is you can find loads of brand new or barely used clothing for kids at a fraction of its original price. If you’re not a fan of having to watch and wait until an auction ends, stressing about whether or not you’ll be outbid, keep in mind that many sellers offer a “Buy It Now” feature more similar to good old online shopping. Just be sure to check measurements against your child carefully, since not all sellers offer a return policy.
Although the clothes aren’t brand new, consignment shops are great source for kids clothing deals. The garments are only gently used and many are of very good quality. Because of how quickly children outgrow their clothing, there are many consignment shops that are dedicated exclusively to kids’ clothes. Check your yellow pages, do a search on the internet, or visit sites like KidsConsignmentGuide.com for stores near you.