Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Clothing the multiples

Clothing growing children can be extremely expensive and with a large family that number only multiplies fortunately there are ways to reduce this expense.  One way that we help our budget is to buy at the end of the season for the next season.  This is the perfect time of year to purchase winter clothing for next year.  In the last week winter coats, snow pants, boots and mittens have all been drastically marked down.  We were able to buy winter boots for $5 a pair regularly $39, snow suits for $11 regular $59 savings like these go a long way when clothing a large family.  We watch for sales in stores and online - did you know the online stores frequently offer coupon codes and free shipping?  You can find out these codes and sales by signing up for emails from your favorite stores.  Quite often these codes are good in person at the store or online so if you happen to be at the store sign onto the store website from your smart phone and show it to the sales clerk for added savings.  When a good coupon code is offered check the sale/markdown section of the websites looking for next years clothing.  Online "sale" shopping with the use of a coupon code is an ideal way of reducing costs when it is hard to get out of the home.

We also make use of handing clothing down when appropriate within our family and from friends.

Thrift store shopping and garage sale shopping are also ways of reducing the costs of clothing your family.   Currently we do not spend much time shopping at thrift stores or garage sales due to family health/mobility issues but we find online shopping extremely feasible.  No matter which method you use it is good to have an inventory of clothing requirements and sizes so you know what you are looking for and not over buying.

We would love to hear what you do to tame your clothing budget?

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