Every day the news comes on with more bad news about the economy. Unfortunately, with prices on essentials getting more and more expensive and it is getting harder and harder to raise children and keep your head above water. These suggestions for helping you clothe your child or children should help you cut corners without cutting into your budget.
Clothing is always a tough issue when it comes to kids. Kids are especially the easiest because as they grow older the wear and tear is lessened by their growth spurts and the size ten pants you put on your son this morning are too short tomorrow. If you have friends or family members who have children in the same age group as you, start setting aside the clothes your child(ren) have outgrown to swap with the ones their kids have outgrown. You can also check out several Facebook groups that have cropped up including: https://www.facebook.com/groups/danburymomstagsale/?fref=ts, https://www.facebook.com/groups/285277171508092/?bookmark_t=group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/210285965769357/?ref=ts&fref=ts. These groups are all about moms looking to recycle what they have and make a little money as well. The prices are decent and what the kids don't know is the clothes are used. Once you find an idea seller in the group, stick with him or her. You can also join the group and sell your old items.
Another option is consignment sales which allows you to tag up some of the old, sell it and make money to buy again. There are a few in the area which are good but none better than The Connecticut Kids Closet, http://www.ctkidscloset.com/. Maura McNulty does a great job at arranging great consignment sales twice a year in the Danbury area and usually does two in Ansonia as well. As a consignor or volunteer at these sales, you get a chance to shop before the sale begins and can earn up to 75% of the price of the article of clothing you sell. Anything you don't want afterwards, Maura donates to local charities to help needy families.
Second hand stores are a final alternative to saving money on your children’s clothes. Forget your old fashioned notion of Goodwill and think of high end consignment stores in fixed locations. Danbury offers Once Upon A Child, http://www.onceuponachild.com/, Callie’s Closet in New Milford, http://www.callies-closet.com/ and Kidz Korner in Brookfield, http://www.kidzkornerthriftshop.com/. All of these are stores that will accept your childrens’ gently used clothes and other items and are also places where you can shop for necessities or one time wear clothes.
As all of our budgets take a beating, it becomes more and more necessary to find a way to make sure your children are clothed appropriately. By using some of these tips, you should be able to dress them up in style without breaking the bank.