We are a family that lives by our budget, and when I can squeeze it a little more, I do. Being that I’m a first-time parent, I feel like each season we start over with buying new clothes and season-appropriate toys and snacks, all can be big-budget busters. So, for today’s top 10 Tuesday, I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to save big on Kid’s things for spring… and summer too!
1. Make a list: I learned very early that kids do not need half as much stuff as I think they do. Before my baby was born, he had enough clothes to go for a month without wearing a new outfit. Most of which, he never wore because he grew too fast! I quickly learned that I need to make a reasonable list of what I actually needed for my son, taking into account mid-season growth spurts! I cannot recommend this enough, make a list of the number of shorts, shirts, and shoes that you actually need to start the season, also include seasonal toys and future big buys like bicycles, ride on toys or backyard trampoline if you’re brave enough. Having a list early will allow you to do online shopping for better deals as well as put feelers out with your family to look for things on sale.
3. Borrow Budget Busters: For those one-off family portraits or special occasions where you normally end up buying an incredibly expensive outfit, your child will most likely only wear once, check out Etsy, eBay, and your friend’s closets before paying full price for anything.
4. Secondhand Shops: Places like Once Upon A Child and other children’s secondhand shops are full of clothes and everything else you need to cover an entire winter or summer wardrobe, for under $20. (Shoes too! Did you know Crocs are machine washable?)
5. Facebook Finds: Every city has at least one Facebook mommy group that has clothes exchanges and lists where big family sales are taking place. To find them, on your Facebook page ask your friends if they know of any great mommy groups on Facebook. I bet you’ll get plenty of replies!
7. Discount Dealers: I love Groupon and other sites that can offer great things at a huge discount. All will be fighting for attention this season, so capitalize on it! Most are even offering free shipping on the smallest orders.
8. Daily Deals: Did you know there are hundreds of websites that crawl the Internet daily for the best online daily deals? They do, and then list them in an easy to search format so you can quickly search for items on your must-have list. My favorite is DealNews.com.
9. DIY For Family Health: When it comes to springtime treats and healthy fruit snacks, the budget can bust very quickly. I make our Popsicles, grow our fruit and cut out juice and soda, we are water drinkers during the warm months. If you have a sunny spot in your yard, patio or balcony, you have a place to grow your own fruit! Did you know strawberries grow well in a pot? Go to your local nursery and ask for help finding the right fruits to grow for where you live (Grower’s Zone).
For a total of $20, I have strawberry plants, blueberries and grapes thriving in pots and around my yard. The best part is that I can use that fruit to make Popsicles! (For my Popsicle DIY post, Click here.)
10. Price Shop From Home. There are way too many apps and websites available today that make price comparison shopping from home a breeze. Gone are the days of driving from store to store or waiting for the Sunday Paper deals. Pull out the list you made of spring must-haves and start going through each item online and list where the best deal is, for that item. Once you’ve gone through your list, check the entire list for stores that overlap to save you a bundle on shipping and time. Between the coupon apps and the compare-and-save apps, there is no reason to pay full price anymore.
If you have any great tips, please leave a comment below, or join my Facebook discussion, here.