Christmastime is upon us and with that, many families are working and tweaking their holiday budget to check off the wish list our kids are giving us.
I don’t like to spend a whole lot during Christmas time. For us, this time of year can get crazy expensive if we let it since we have three birthdays and Christmas to shop for all within a few months. With that, we have a budget we like to stick to but still want to get many things our kids want (and need) on Christmas day.
There are a lot of money-saving tips when it comes to buying for kids and one of the biggest (and best) tip is to buy second-hand. We save so much money doing this with our kids, but to be honest, sometimes it’s nice to get them something they know is brand new.
While it’s not always possible (or practical) to get a whole brand-new wardrobe for your kids, budgeting a few new clothes into the budget is not as hard as it may seem.
Click through for tips on how to squeeze a new-clothing budget into your holiday budget:
1) Plan ahead: If you know you want to put some new clothes under the tree for your kids this year, plan ahead. Start shopping early (like in the summer months) and you can out away a few dollars each month for your Christmas budget. This will save the headache and panic as the days draw closer. This is a great practice for general holiday budget planning.
2) Shop for deals: Just like planning ahead, keeping your eyes out for a great deal is an easy way to add a clothing budget to your holiday shopping. Pair it with starting early, you can hit up the end of the summer sales and get new clothes for the next summer for your kids and take advantage of before-holiday sales many stores have (like Black Friday sales).
3) Hit up deal-sites/stores: There are a lot of stores now that cater to families who live on a budget, while providing good, long-lasting quality clothes (like Target). You don’t need the fancy store-brand names for your kids and they won’t know the difference so save money that way and work the more affordable (but still totally cute) clothes into your budget. You can also shop sites that offer group discounts and pick up some great quality pieces that way.
4) Get usable pieces: If you choose pieces that can be worn many different ways and more than once (skip those holiday dresses), you will get more bang for your buck. Doing so, you won’t need to budget as much into your holiday budget for clothing, but you can get more outfits out of it. Think blue jeans, pants your kids can play in and single-color t-shirts.
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