Ok so this is not part of our family $1200 Budget for groceries but it is part of our stockpile. It is our stockpile of clothing for the kids. Buying the kids clothes in advance and not having to run out to the store because someone out grew a pair of pants or needs the next size up in shoes is something I love(and so does the hubby and the kids). I of course buy everything only when it is on sale and dirt cheap and so I spend very little on my kid’s clothing but I have a ton of it. My 5 year old is good up and threw size 5 for every season(she is currently boarder line 4T a d 5T), I am working on finishing size 6 for her now(I do have some stuff up to size 8 for her already). My son is also good up until he reaches size 6(and i have a few things for him up to size 7), he is currently in a 4T and the baby, shes set, she is currently in size 6 months and she will be getting mainly hand me downs from my oldest daughter but I do buy new things to add to what we have already. Buying the clothes at the end of the season for the next year(and possibly more) saves us a ton of money. I make sure for each size they each have a winter jacket, 2 sweat shirts, jeans, shorts, long sleeved shirts and t-shirts. T-shirts can be worn all year long, you can always add a long sleeved shirt under it if need me or throw on a sweat shirt. I also make sure I have 3-4 pairs of Pj’s for each of them. Although I will say finding boys Pj’s at a cheap price is my hardest find when it comes to their clothes.
We used to have everything in plastic tubs and it took up a lot of space, I got space bags to help with that and while they do save space I am not 100% pleased with them because they keep expanding and every so often I have to go and suck the air out of them again. The red box with the green lid is full of shoes(i will take a picture of that later I forgot to today). There are still a few things that need to be put into boxes that are sitting on top but if you saw what this looked like a few days ago this is immaculate lol. The space bags are labeled with what sizes are in them, some have more then one size. I need to get more bags so I can minimize the space even more and totally get rid of the tubs.
Here are a few tips for stockpiling clothes:
-Buy at the end of the season for the next year, if you do not have the room to buy waayy advanced you can still save a ton of money by buying next years clothes at the end of the season. It is way cheaper and you won’t have to do the oh no we need short or pants when they out grow something.
-Jeans and khakis are a great staple item, Jean pants and shorts. They can be paired with anything and match. A few pairs of nice jeans or khakis. I try to stick with the plain ones with no designs it makes matching much easier since everything will match.
-Shirts- I stay away from character shirts(and jackets and sweat shirts), a child can change their mind at anytime as to what character they like. (I also personally am not fond of them walking around all the time with say winnie-the-pooh on their shirt). I stick to mainly solid shirts or ones with a few different colors.
-Buy pieces that can be interchanged. You can come up with many different outfits with just a few different pieces.
_Hair accessories for girls- bows and headbands can add spunk and character to an outfit.
-socks- we stick to plain white socks. They match everything, no need to go hunting for matching socks. And when doing laundry this helps a lot because you dont have to sort threw all the socks to find the matches.
-Leggings for girls can be worn separately or under a skirt and if you make it so there are a bunch of shirts that match you can have many different outfits.
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