School is now back in session! Summer definitely didn’t last long enough for us. And with the change of season, I bet your pocket book is quite a bit lighter now. And what if you forgot something on the back to school list? Thredup is here to help!
Use Thredup to save on kids clothing
It never fails, that I spend a lot of money on school clothes only to have a kid hit a growth spurt shortly after school starts! I learned to only buy a few outfits to get them started on the new year and then wait until school actually starts before doing the full shopping. That way if they have a growth spurt, I’m not out a lot of money and clothes.
And thankfully I did that, because guess who had a growth spurt 2 weeks after school started? Miss Jade! Her pants that fit her perfectly the beginning of August, are now tight around the waist and getting short. So I had to go hunting for some new clothes for her to get her through this school year. Thankfully I have the best tips for saving money on clothes for kids! And you are going to love how much I can save on such adorable name brand clothing!
Here are our top 5 tips for saving money on what is normally the most expensive time of clothes shopping for kids!
1. Start a list. Always go through the kid’s clothes first. Check each shirt and pant, sock, underwear, jackets and backpacks. Are they still in good condition to go another year? And do they still fit? If so; that is less you need to replace. Once you know what the kids actually need, then make a list. And be specific. How many shirts do they need? How many pants? This will help you from over spending on just one more shirt just because it is cute.
I try to make sure they have enough clothes to wear it once between each laundry wash day. So 5-7 pairs of decent pants, 5-7 shirts, 8 underwear, 8 pairs of socks, etc. Then on Laundry day they can wear their “play clothes” while the good school clothes are getting washed. Play clothes are the clothing left over from the last year that still fit but may be a bit too worn to be appropriate for school.
2. Set a budget. Know how much you have to spend on school clothes. Don’t just keep shopping until you have everything on the list. Set a limit. I know I usually only have so much money to split between all of the kids. So I make sure I find clothes that fit within that budget. It helps me from spending the extra $20 on those adorable girl shoes, when the $25 pair will work.
3. Get clothes you both agree on. I remember one year, my mom helped buy my school clothes. The only issue was that I didn’t like some of the clothes she picked out. She picked it out because it was within the budget. What happened to the clothes? They sat in my closet unworn the entire year. What a waste! I was such a little pill. Mom, I’m so sorry!
But now I know better. Make sure you and your kids can agree on the styles and that it is clothing you both can be happy with. Don’t just buy something because it fits the need. Otherwise it will still be wasted because the kids won’t wear it. Or they will fight you on wearing it.
4. Look for quality– Just because you are on a budget, again it doesn’t mean you buy the cheapest item there. Look for quality clothing. We will willing spend an extra $10 on a pair of jeans because of the brand and quality. Because in the long run it will last longer. That means I won’t have to replace them as often.
One year I went with cheap. I ended up spending more money in the long run because I had to replace my boy’s jeans 5 times in the course of the school year! All because they were far too thin and kept wearing out every 2 months! No more. I will spend a little extra upfront for something that is durable and a brand we trust to last the full school year!
5. Shop Thredup First! Now that you know what you need for school clothes, make your first stop Thredup.
What is Thredup? Only the best online thrift store ever! I absolutely love Thredup! I use it every year when it comes time to do our school clothes shopping. I also use it around Christmas (which is usually the other time when the kids have a growth spurt and need a few new outfits to finish off the school year).
Thredup is an online shop where people send in their very gently used big name brand clothing and you can then buy it at an incredible discount!
Remember what I said about shopping for quality of clothing? Well Thredup has it! Unlike other thrift stores where you will find clothes with stains, holes or worn out clothing; Thredup only carries the best quality. And if there is a minor defect in the clothing, it is always listed in the description so you never have a surprise.
Plus they feature some of the best name brands of clothing that you and your kids love. Brands like Gymboree, Old Navy, Land’s End, Levi, Oshkosh G’bosh, Justice, Stride Rite, Gap and more!
So while the clothing you are shopping for may not be brand new, they will be new for you. And they are still in amazing condition with plenty of life left. And no one will even know you didn’t spend double the price from the brand directly.
They offer free shipping on orders over $70. And don’t worry if something doesn’t fit. They also have free returns! Not a lot of risk when you shop Thredup! It seriously takes the stress out of clothes shopping for kids.
Plus, when your kids outgrow the clothing, you can sell it back to Thredup and get either cash or consignment credit for the next years school clothes shopping! Learn how it works!
Now Thredup is so sure you will love the savings that they are giving you $20 FREE credit to try out the clothing at Thredup! But you have to CLICK HERE to get the credit. How many other places give you $20 to start shopping? That’s like a new outfit for a kid!
I mean, have you seen the cute outfits Miss Jade has been modeling? It all came from Thredup! In amazing quality and style. Plus I spent under $100 for her school wardrobe from Thredup! And I even got a little extra something for our new baby girl Rose who just joined our family this month too!
So now that you need a few more items to round out your child’s closet, or maybe you want something for you (YES, they have a women’s section with accessories)! Make your first stop at Thredup! Shop with our special link and get $20 Free Credit to try them out!
To make it even better, every time you shop at Thredup the school of your choice (k-12 grades) will receive a 5% donation! That’s right, you shop for school clothes and you help out your local schools! I set my account up to donate to my kid’s school every time I shop at Thredup. I love that I’m not only getting clothes the kids need, but also getting money for our school!