Tuesday, 19 April 2016

10 Ways to Save Money On Kids Clothing And Toys





When it comes to clothing and toys for children it can be hard not to get too carried away when it comes to buying for them. I know from time to time I can be really bad at impulse buying especially when it comes to things for Blake. Now I'm starting to think more about saving any money where I can as one day we want to have another child and will have to think about moving to a bigger place. One of the ways to save money is on what I buy for Blake.  So here are some ways on which you can save money on clothing and toys for your little one.



Budget
When it comes to Blake needing new clothes, shoes or toys then I try and do a budget. 
I look at what he needs and then decided how much I can spend. Most of Blake's clothing are second hand and I do a budget for what to spend on second hand clothing and new clothing. I also do this with toys, I've not had to purchase many toys recently as he got loads for Christmas and his Birthday which are pretty close together. I have however purchased books for him as he loves for me or Stuart to read to him. 

Buy Second Hand
As children grow out of clothing so quickly most stuff are in Excellent condition so buying second hand is a great way to save money. I use Ebay a lot to buy clothing for Blake and charity shops and boots sales are also great places to find bargains. 

Shop in supermarkets
Supermarkets such as Tesco have a fab range in store and/or online and they tend to be much cheaper than shops such as Next for example. This also applies to toys as well. 

Shop around
If your child needs for example a new pair of jeans shop around and see if you can find cheaper ones. If you are shopping online make sure you also factor in postage costs. It's pointless spending £6 on a pair of jeans if the postage is £3,99 and you can buy some in another shop for £8. For toys its a good idea to shop around as prices vary from store to store and sometimes Amazon works out cheaper. 

Accept Cast offs
If you know someone who has a little one who is a little older and are getting rid of their child's clothing or toys and asks if you would like them, accept. I was passed on some clothing for Blake which he has worn and it's saved me a bit of money. 

Buy in the Sales
This is pretty obvious shops have sales on throughout the year ready to get new season items in so why not buy in the sales and save £s in doing so. Toys also go on sale for example I knew I wanted Blake to have the Happy Land Train Set for Christmas and my Mum was going to get it him. I found it on the ELC website down to £22 from £50 and told her so she snapped it up whilst it was on sale. 

Buy out of season
This kind of relates to buying in the sales. For example if after Christmas all the winter clothing goes on sale buy for the next year. 

Stock pile
I like to stock pile when I see a good offer on and I've already got Blake 3 of his presents hidden for Christmas/Birthday. 

Buy only what is needed
If you think your child doesn't really need something he/she probably doesn't. 
Write a list of what is needed when it comes to clothing such as x3 Jeans, x3 joggers etc. 
I also make sure Blake has clothing that he can get messy in as well as the more nicer clothing. 

Buy Unisex Items
If you are planning on having another child it's a good idea to try and buy a few unisex items of clothing and toys. Most of Blake's clothing from when he was newborn are all unisex so ideal for when we have another child. Although Blake has toys such as trains, cars and football; I also plan on buying him dolls etc. If we have a girl one day she will be playing with Blake's toys and I have no problem with girls playing with trains and cars, just like I have no issues with Blake having a doll. 






33 comments:

  1. I am a big believer in second hand and very often the younger kids toys are so big and bulky that friends literally give them away! I am also a big one for buying in the sales although it does work well with younger ones, it is more tricky when fashion rears its ugly head!

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    1. second hand is the way to go when u have a tight budget.

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  2. very interesting read - will bookmark and pop back as nearly kills me buying school uniform for niece and nephew every year

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    1. Thank you I hope the post has really helped you.
      I know that in my local area sometimes people put up school uniforms that their kids have grown out of on facebook selling pages for local areas too.

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  3. Great tips here. While i try to treat the boys to new stuff most of the time, i'm also one to snap up some bargains and preloved items from places like ebay and charity shops! xx

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  4. I watch out for sales too, especially for the more expensive items like winter coats and shoes :) We actually give-away T's old clothes to friends who have younger kids :) Dean of Little Steps

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    1. Yes definitely coats I managed to get a winter coat for Blake recently that was in the sale at half price Bargain!

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  5. Really great tips and ones which I follow myself. Kids clothing can be so expensive so I always try and wait until the sales to pick up new bits.

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  6. We've started buying unisex and accepting second hand toys, it's brilliant saves us a fortune. Great post :) xxx

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  7. Some fab tips, I'm always on the look out for a bargain and I am more than happy to buy second hand, saves an abundance!

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  8. I think supermarkets are great for kids clothes. Second hand toys are fab too!

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  9. I am a massive fan of buying second hand clothes, I also like to sell clothes on and donate to charity shops. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is my motto every day :D

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  10. I agree entirely. Also, make your own! Emma's been making dresses for the girls and they're beautiful.

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  11. Great tips, and I follow these myself. I've had loads of things passed on to me, and in turn I am now passing lots onto to others :)

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  12. I find a lot of second hand clothes in charity shops are unworn and never been used - often still have the tags attached! It's well worth a root around x

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  13. Some awesome tips here. I love buying "bundles" on Ebay. You get loads of clothes for a brilliant price and it's exciting going through them when they arrive. Very occasionally you get something you're not keen on but not often.

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  14. Great tips thank you for sharing. I biggest takeway is to budget, because I awlays end up buying more most times.

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  15. There are some top tips in this post. I often shop in charity shops, especially for toys!

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  16. This is a great post. I buy second hand alot ! Even accept clothes for free too!

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  17. These are all fab tips. I actually love supermarket clothes. My latest favourite is sainsbury. They wash really well and are so reasonably priced. Plus they have a great sale x

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  18. There are some amazing outfits from F&F and George at Asda and even Primark have some great clothes too x

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  19. I like the idea of accepting cast offs because I used to get so many clothes this way when I was younger.

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  20. Great tips here, I tend to do a lot of this already but it always pays to check up and see if you can make savings elsewhere :)

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  21. I'm a massive sale shopper but I agree with all your tips. It's easy to spend a fortune but easy to save too x

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  22. I tried to do all of this now. All my first daughter's clothes are now for my second daughter which is a grate save in itself! I buy a lot in supermarkets and also try to buy when there are sales or when I have a discount voucher! X

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  23. Great tips. I've bought a lot of bundles from Ebay and they have saved loads of money. I like to shop in supermarkets too, I think they have some lovely clothes, especially in the sales

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  24. When kids are young they grow out of the clothes so easily so they are hardly worn out when getting them second hand. I had lots of second hand clothes for my kids

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  25. We always buy ahead in the sales especially jumpers and coats we save a fortune! and have a budget, we have to otherwise i would slend to much ☺ marie

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  26. Do you know I have never brought or sold any baby items second hand, I just never think about it. I really should probably sell some of are unwanted baby items as we have so many xx

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  27. Toby has been basically raised in second hand up to now, although the cast offs have stopped coming in and I have to shop for him now! I love Morrisons for good kidswear xx

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  28. I buy most of my kids stuff in primary and asda because it's so cheap. Excellent tips.

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  29. Awesome tips to explore here. It is very difficult to buy new clothes for kids every time on their growing age.

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