How Big Families Can Save Money on Clothes Shopping

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Saving is on everyone’s mind today. Times are tough, prices are rising, and economic waters are as turbulent as ever. As we struggle to strike a balance between our income and spending, it is vitally important that we take all of our expenses into account. Large families have the most significant financial burden of all–sheltering, feeding, and clothing a small army of children is neither easy nor cheap, but there are things you can do to help ease the strain for yourself. Rather than slipping into a sense of hopelessness at the prospect of buying clothes for the whole family, take proactive steps toward bigger savings.

bootsieFirst of all, thing about things that you can buy in bulk. In most cases, as you buy more of a single product from a single merchant, the price per unit goes down. Retailers can afford to offer lower prices to customers who buy in larger quantities, which leads to those eye-catching “5 for the price of 4” deals and so forth. For things like underwear, socks, and plain white t-shirts–necessities in any wardrobe, buy in bulk for the greatest savings. You can even keep these things in storage for the inevitable day when the kids run out. Buying items like these in larger quantities is one of the best ways to save in the long run.

Take a look around at local second-hand stores. You can find clothes at a fraction of the price of other retailers when you buy second-hand, and you can find some great items. It may require you to spend some time looking through huge clothing racks, but you can come up with very stylish outfits at your local second-hand stores if you get your shopping technique down. The savings are huge at these places, and there is a great variety of clothing. Second-hand shops are particularly good for outerwear. A lot of the coats and jackets you’ll find are practically new.

Another great option is the ever popular discount retail world. Brick and mortar stores like Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and others are unmatched in providing great savings on brand new clothing. Much of their product line is overstock from manufacturers that is sourced at very low prices, and the savings are passed on to the consumer. For the best deals on name brand clothing for the whole family, skip the expensive department stores and brand boutiques. Discount retail chains can be your best friend in the clothes shopping struggle.

It might even be good to take your shopping online. When you combine the average internet discount with great deals like online coupons for Zappos or other popular retailers, you end up saving big. The only drawback of shopping online is the inability to try before you buy. Luckily, many online retailers now offer free return shipping, so if something doesn’t fit it can be exchanged right away. Shop smart to get the best deals. The online marketplace is an endless chain of discounts just waiting to be seized.


  1. What a cute little guy your son is..Thanks so much for all the tips. I’m definitely checking out this site.

  2. What a cutie!

    Love the tips and the link that you gave to the online coupons. I love shopping online.

  3. What a handsome boy! He is so proud of his fancy threads, huh? Thanks for the tips!

  4. Thanks for the really great tips. We do some of these already.

  5. Great post. It’s touch buying for four kids who seem to grow out of their clothes each week.

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