Since my son was born the biggest money saver for me has been a group of moms I swap with. We all have children within a year or two of each other so we just rotate the items the kids outgrow. This goes for everything from car seats, to clothes, to toys, changing pads, swings, and utensils. It has been a wonderful savings for all of us with the added bonus that no one has to store all of the stuff until their next one comes along. We just send it back around in the rotation as needed!
This is what our family did also. There were 3 boy cousins - one 2 years older, the other a few months younger than our son, and smaller framed. The oldest would pass on to my son, then my son would pass on to the smaller one. Our daughters were each 2 years apart from each other - 3 of them - and we did the same with them. The great part now is that my daughter and I wear the same size - 3 to 5 - so we're always swapping clothes with each other!
When our children were small, one of the best ways we saved on money was to trade clothing with friends. When ours outgrew something, we passed it on to someone else and others did likewise for us. Children grow so fast and their clothes are so expensive. We saved hundreds, if not thousands of dollars doing this!
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