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If you have kids, watch the sales racks for sweaters, snow pants and other cold weather clothing. Stores want to clear out the winter stuff after Christmas to make way for the spring fashions. Buy a size too big, even two if it is a good deal. Just be sure to pick neutral colors and styles. Then pack them away until next fall, when you can take stock of what you might still need.
The best tip I have is to buy warm clothes off season. I got a deal on a ski sweater at a thrift clothing store because I bought it when it was much too warm to wear it! My nicest sweaters these days have come from thrift shops, too! You should also try to buy classic pieces that can be worn for years. Also, knit/make your own scarves and hats. It is really quite easy and they make nice gifts.
By pam munro
I buy sweats suits (jogging suits) at Dollar store, they are very warm and last a long time.
Also take advantage of layering. Fashion magazines and catalogs often show women wearing a shirt, covered by v-neck sweater, with a blazer on top. Other times of the year that's too warm, but I worked with my wardrobe and found some great combos for this time of year!
For outerwear, a medium weight coat is often warm enough when I'm wearing a top covered with a hooded sweatshirt underneath. In summary, you may be able to get by without purchasing too many new items for your family if they wear multiple layers.
I swap clothes that have become to small since the first of school with other moms. I get lots of hand me downs and some brand new that another person didn't want from Christmas. We pick up the cute Christmas tees in a size for next year for $1-2 and save them back.
Remember when your little girl is going to teen sizes, little boys still have bigger t-shirt options available. Instead of a size medium Junior girls shirt, we buy boys XL 18-20 t-shirts. Lots of long sleeve shirts in the almost current size, if they can have sleeves shortened, we buy them for spring.
We share the dress shoes that are only worn to church and concerts. They are not worn out and additional $10-15 for spring concert outfit isn't always accessible. I also hunt down and donate snow boots. We live in a cold climate, but snow is very few days out of the year, so the boots are like brand new with a wet rag cleaning.
We buy thrift store shirts and craft new clothes from them. I search REI-Oulet.com for sportswear and shoes in their markdowns. Quality clothes and shoes she has been able to wear and wear out.
I'm always looking for black wool type coats in the next size for dress and church needs. The sizes in misses and girls clothing overlap quite a bit and I got a size 6 women's coat for my size 16 girls clothes girl and it fits great. Covers the pretty dresses to the hem and looks fabulous.
Always buy at the end of season for the next year. I have purchased $70 sweaters for $5 after Christmas when retailers are desperate to clean out their supply before their inventory.
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As summer comes to a close many delve into closets to wake the warmer clothing from its summer hibernation. Yet, while adults can pack away summer clothes for next year, children often outgrow their summer clothes before another summer season arrives. How can one get the most wear from summer clothing that isn't outgrown yet? Create frugal yet fun styles.
For girls, try layering some shorts under school skirts. They'll keep her warmer at the bus stop and allow her to move around freely without worrying about "ladylike" postures. Of course, not all short styles will work, but one or two pairs might get some extra usage. Another option is to wear the shorts with a sweater and some thick leggings for a modern layered look.
The best use for shorts in the winter is to turn the elastic waist styles into pajamas. Paired with a fuzzy sweatshirt and some fun socks, these make comfortable sleeping attire. Children's pajamas are so expensive, this option not only gets more wear from previous garments but also allows parents to save money on sleepwear.
Some children remain warm and snug under winter covers. If this is your child, consider having him/her sleep in a tank top and lounge pants or even shorts. Other children snuggle under the covers in cooler homes that set the heat lower in the evenings. Try layering a tank as an undershirt beneath pajamas to create extra body heat.
Tank tops are also useful for the sick child. When chest rubs can stain pajamas, use a tank top underneath to catch the transfer. The layers can also come in handy when a fever approaches, allowing for the addition or subtraction of layers quickly.
While sandals and swimsuits may have to say goodbye once the leaves begin to fall, other garments can find some winter use.
I found this blouse but it has tiny baby clothes buttons. There is no way I'll be able to get up early enough to button that shirt. The weight of the fabric and the ruffles on the front will allow me to use it as a jacket or over shirt.
If you don't want to buy snow pants, just spray an old pair of jeans with water repellant. Wear a pair of long johns underneath to help keep you warm.