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Cafe Suzanne shared a great idea recently on how to save money on baby clothes -- Snap N Grow Garment Extenders. They snap onto the bottom of onsies, shirts and any top that fastens at the bottom to give a little extra "crotch" room. Brilliant.
In general, baby clothes are not something many moms want to spend tons of money on because before you know it, they've already grown out of it. My personal tip is to extend the invitation for as many hand-me-downs as possible. Sometimes people won't want to impose the offer unless you bring it up first. My neighbor's daughter is a year older than mine, and I don't think I've spent a penny on her clothes in four years.
Shopping the clearance racks at Target, Walmart, Kmart, and other big stores is another popular way to save big on baby attire, but here are some others:
Thrift stores "I love thrift stores," says mama516. "My five month old son is already in 12 month old clothes, so we were going through stuff way too fast to be spending store prices. And most of the stuff we find is Baby Gap. They are especially great for fancy occasion wear because the previous owner probably only got two wears out of it before they outgrew it, too."
Online "Check out Craigslist," suggests one mom. "People sell all kinds of nice used baby items for good prices there. You can buy baby clothes in lots on Ebay for good prices."
Garage sales "You could be like me and become a garage sale addict!" another mom says. "Always offer to pay less than what is marked, unless it's a steal anyway. Look in the newspaper or online to find neighborhood garage sales and then just load the kids up in a stroller or wagon, give them each a dollar if they are old enough. You won't believe what they will buy!"
How do you save money on baby clothes?