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Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Raising a family, especially one with several children, can be expensive. Fortunately, there are some ways parents can save money on stuff for their kids. It will take a little extra planning, but it can be done!

Hand-Me-Downs

Kids grow quickly. The result is some very gently-used clothing that can be passed down to younger (or smaller) siblings. Keep the jeans that don’t have holes in them, and the t-shirts that are still in good shape. Winter coats tend to be expensive, so find out if your child can wear theirs again this winter. If not, perhaps it will fit a younger sibling.

Thrift Stores

Back-to-School shopping and seasonal shopping does not have to be done at a retail store. Thrift stores have very inexpensive clothing, for both children and adults. Keep in mind that the size on the clothes may no longer reflect the actual size that it is now.

Always check over each piece of clothing very carefully. Look for stains and holes. Does the item look new, or is it very worn out? If possible, have your kids try on the clothing before you leave the thrift store. Or, ask a worker what their return policy is.

Retail Clearance Sales

Pay attention to the sales papers and the websites or social media of your favorite stores. Doing so is the easiest way to find out when their clearance sale on kids clothing starts. The clearance sale is a great opportunity to buy brand new clothing for a discount off the original price. Retail stores often have changing rooms where your kids can try on the clothing to make sure it fits.

In addition, retail stores will have clearance sales on toys. There are certain times of the year when that happens, and it is usually advertised. It might be possible to combine clearance sale items with membership discounts or coupons.

Garage Sales

It is possible to find a lot of children’s clothing at garage sales. There are two things to keep in mind before you shop. One, garage sales require people to pay in cash. Two, garage sales don’t have return policies. Take your best guess about whether or not a piece of clothing will fit your child.

Garage sales are also a good place to get children’s books and toys. Check the toys carefully to make sure they work, have all the pieces, and whether or not they require batteries.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.