Sarah Neely

Kid Shopping On A Budget

Sarah Neely
Kid Shopping On A Budget

Do you find yourself spending an arm and leg on kids clothing?  Yes we all do because as parents we will buy things for our kids before we purchase anything for ourselves.  Usually they grow out of the clothes, treat their clothes like coloring books, or they just never wear them.  Today I'm going to show you how to dress your kid(s) nicely without breaking the bank. 

Thrift store shopping isn't for everyone. I've found that people either don't have the patience for it or they just don't have any luck...but you know I'm not one of those people.  I love the challenge of thrift store shopping and even more so, I love finding unique pieces that no one else has. Since personally, I love thrift store finds, I wanted to show parents how they can save a lot of money shopping at thrift stores. 

I decided to do a project. I wanted to show parents how to shop for Back to School shopping on a budget. I know with kids growing overnight and the onslaught of bills, we as parents can't afford to shop at department stores all the time. We know times get hard and we don't know what other options we may have so I'm here to help us out so I decided to style 7 people ages 7-17 both male and female. My project was to create 7 different back to school looks for a budget of $100 or less.  I wasn't going over my budget regardless.  I found each look at a local thrift store in my hometown Starkville, MS.  I reached out to parents to allow their kids to be a part of this project and I must say their cooperation will never go unnoticed.  Although the kids wear uniforms, I still wanted to show different styles in uniform and no dress code. 

Side note:  I ended up spending $56.89 for 7 looks. 

This project made me actually feel like I had 7 kids and this was extremely fun because these are a few tips I learned and it will help each of you. 

1.  Have a plan

I learned if you write down exactly what you are shopping for, you will look for those items only. For example, I was shopping for 7 people so I had each child's name written with their sizes and the style I wanted for each one.  As I shopped I would complete each person's look one person at a time and mark it off while also writing the prices of each item on the paper.  Having a plan will help you stay focused, and it will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed or buying things you don’t necessarily need.

2. Keep Trying

I had to make two trips to the thrift store which is totally ok because sometimes what you are looking for just isn't there. You might not find exactly what you need the first time around but the beauty of thrift stores is that the inventory is constantly changing!  Thrift stores can be completely different from one day to the next, so keep at it.

3. If you don't need it, don't buy it

As I stated earlier, stick to your plan. If you have no place for an item in your home, it’s wasted money, even if it only costs a dollar.  Stick with your plan, and don’t be tempted by the price sticker! You are sticking to your budget!

4. Out with the old, in with the new

As you buy new-to-you items, get rid of items that you no longer need or use. No need to live in clutter!

So parents it's nothing wrong with hand me downs.  If you can accept hand me downs from family why can't you shop for hand me downs. Trust me some of my best pieces in my wardrobe are thrifted.  If you know you can't afford department store clothes for your kids utilize my tips and put your pride to the side and dress your kids accordingly. I promise some of your best styles for your kids will come from the thrift store. 

So we know Christmas is coming up, I want you to go to the thrift store and spend $30 for your kid and let me know what items you buy. But make sure you follow my steps first.