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How To Give Your Toddler a Great Wardrobe for Less

By Emily |

The weather here in Northern Indiana has been crazy the last few weeks. We had several days of record breaking high temperatures, making it feel like July in the middle of March! I’m not complaining (and even did some imagining of what it would be like to live in an area of the country where it is usually this nice and warm in March), but it did leave us scrambling a little bit to dress our kids in weather appropriate clothing.

All the sudden they went from wearing winter coats and snow boots, to needing t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops and sunglasses — almost overnight.

Luckily, we had a few things in storage, and were able to supplement a little to get them through, and I wanted to share a few of my tips for dressing young kids in cute, and affordable, clothes.

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Kids Clothing on a Budget

Buy Used

I would say that 90% or more of my kids clothes are used. Buying used clothing for kids just makes sense, because they go through them so quickly, and it's really easy to find high quality, used children's clothes. My kids have been known to ruin clothes on occasion, and when they're used, it doesn't bother me nearly as much as if I had bought them new. Besides all this, buying used saves both money, and resources, because they don't require brand new materials, energy for production and manufacturing, or transportation from across the globe. I shop kid's consignement stores, mom-to-mom sales, thrift stores and garage sales and usually find more than enough clothes to outfit my kiddos in brand name, quality, and cute clothes each season.
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Emily McClements is passionate about caring for creation while saving money at the same time. She is a blessed wife and mama to three young children, and blogs about her family's journey toward natural and green living on a budget at Live Renewed. Read bio and latest posts → Read Emily's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “How To Give Your Toddler a Great Wardrobe for Less

  1. Laura says:

    I always try to buy ahead. My daughter is going to be 5 and loves dresses. I bought 5 of then on Target clearance for about $25, a savings of at least 75%. I have already bought winter jackets for next year. Working on winter clothes now.

  2. Alicia says:

    I shop at the childrens place. joined their email club and get coupons for 15-25% off all the time. This past one i got was at the same time as a rewards promotion, so i spent 40 dollars on summer clothes for him for now, andgot a 20 dollar coupon off my next $40+ purchase, which ill use to buy him 4 pairs of jeans for next year for only 20 bucks! email clubs are the best, along with coupon codes from

  3. Meg Franz says:

    peace. love. swap. kid’s clothing and gear swaps! they are awesome :)

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