How to Save Money on Children’s Clothing

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how to save money on children's clothing So, you know how the way to cut your grocery bill in half is to stack coupons with great store sales and then stock up?  The same thing applies to clothing, especially kids clothing!

If you plan ahead and play your cards right, you can save a ton of money on designer children’s clothing. I always say, that I get my kids designer clothes at thrift store prices.  It just takes a little extra planning.

Get Designer Clothing at Thrift Store Prices

So, yesterday, I went to Gymboree to stock up at their huge sale.  Since most of the rock bottom prices were summer items, I decided to plan ahead and get my oldest his summer wardrobe. (I have 2 boys, so my youngest gets a lot of hand me downs from big brother).

While in line,   I was probably holding a pile of clothes as big as me, (I am quite small for those of you who have never met me in person).  The women behind me made some comments about how much I was holding.  I told them I was stocking up for next spring and summer for my son.  They looked at me like I was crazy.

“You’re doing what?” they gasped. Seriously, the thought of buying last years clothing for next year, seemed so foreign to them, that I thought, HMM, I guess not everyone does this.  So, I decided to write a blog post and share what I did and try to do every year.

Yesterday, I scored really big, because Gymboree is having a Huge Summer Clearance Sale right now! Look at the picture above, I bought 4 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of pajamas, 2 pairs of jeans, 1 pair of pants, 6 pairs of shorts, and 9 shirts for only $83!! Everything was on sale for $3.99, plus I had a 20% off coupon to stack with the sale. I found the coupon in Parents magazine.

If I waited until next spring to buy my son new clothes, I probably would have spent $83 on 2 or 3 outfits! Instead, I spent $83 and got 9 outfits, 4 pairs of shoes and pajamas!!! I totaled up all the price tags, on the retail price of these items… I saved well over $500!!  I mean seriously people, taking a  little extra time and shopping the clearance racks now, can save you hundreds of dollars in the future.

Stack a Store Clearance Sale with a Coupon and Stock UP for Next Season

People always think I spend a ton of money on my kids clothes, but really, I just shop the big huge sales at Gymboree or Children’s place and stock up for next season.  My kids look great, the clothes are great quality and last longer,  and I didn’t break the bank- it’s a win – win!


Here are some steps that help me save big on kids clothing.  I followed these steps the other day and in the past-

5 Easy Steps to save Hundreds of Dollars on Children’s Clothing-

  1. Check to see if your store has a customer phone number list, and will call you when they have amazing sales. Then go shopping right away, so you can get the best selection and the best deals.  I know that my Gymboree and Janie and Jack will do that! They have been calling me for years to notify me of huge sales.  (And I am so appreciative and hurry my tush over there!)
  2. Find a coupon and stack with the sale, if allowed
  3. Buy ahead for the next season.  This takes some guess work, but typically, a children’s size matches their age.  Or, if your child is not typical (like mine), you might have to do some guess work and approximation, based on what fits them now.  If I can do it, you can do it! Tip- many times the stores have more clearance than online.  Look for big sales a couple of times a year, when the store pulls out all the past season stuff in the back!
  4. Buy summer or spring clearance designer t-shirts and layer over cheap, solid color, long sleeve shirts or pair with a cardigan or hoodie for fall/winter. I also layer these over long sleeve shirts that are stained on the torso!
  5. Look for accessories that you might need for next season – gloves/hats/scarves or sunglasses/flip flops; look for staples in past patterns that might be on clearance- like socks and underwear.

I have to give a huge shout out to my favorite Gymboree store in Bridgewater mall. They always call me, and are always super helpful! I can be kind of  a pain in the neck sometimes, looking for a particular size in a clearance item, so my boys can have matching outfits, but they are so awesome about it!

You can see that I have been doing this for years now, check out this old shopping trip I did here.

How do you save on Children’s clothing? Do you have any other tips to share?


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6 Responses to How to Save Money on Children’s Clothing

  1. Viki says:

    How do you check if your store has a customer phone number list that they call when they have sales? Do you have to go to the store or can you sign up online somewhere?

  2. Annette says:

    I totally hit an amazing sale at our Gymboree here in MN. Everything was $16.99 and then one rounder was $3.99!! While not everything is a deal at $16.99 I know prices and know what to look for. I have a beautiful cream knit sweater dress with a fur collar from 3 years ago, from my now 6year old. It will fit my 2 1/2 year old this winter. Well, Gymboree has there Christmas line which is cream and black. The dress alone is $50. I was able to buy my b/g twins the matching dress and sweater for just $16.99 plus then I had 20% off. To me it was worth it. And then I did find several items at $3.99.
    I know that even if this line was to make it to clearance it would be marked higher then the $16.99 so this was a steal and I’m guaranteed to have it.
    Even with Gymboree their clearance has to be around the $3.99 or less for me to buy it, with the exception of the above mentioned deal.

    • Steph says:

      I think we hit the same sale, just I was in NJ, Annette. And yes, I later went back and got them matching Christmas shirts for 16.99 with my 20% off coupon… and yes, knowing prices, quality, styles and knowing what to look for helps so much…. Sounds like we think alike! Great job!

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