It may have seemed like you spent a fortune buying clothes for your child when he or she was a baby. Babies seem to grow by leaps and bounds almost overnight, and it is not uncommon for a parent to have to buy their baby an entirely new wardrobe with each passing season. However, baby clothes are generally fairly affordable. Plus, a baby doesn’t care if he or she is wearing designer jeans or brand name sneakers. You may or may not care, but your child certainly doesn’t.
Now that your baby has grown up and is a teenager, you are faced with an entirely different dilemma regarding clothes. Your teen is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds, and he or she may once again need an entirely new set of clothes to wear each season. However, your teen may be wearing adult-sized clothing, and these clothes are generally far more expensive than baby clothes. In addition, your teen may be very concerned about fashion and getting brand names. The challenge, however, is that you may have a limited budget available for those clothes. Here are some tips to help you make your child happy without stressing out your wallet.
Hit Consignment Stores: If your kid is the type of teen that likes to have a brand name logo emblazoned on his shirt or if she wants to wear cute, designer jeans with a logo visible to her friends, take time to visit a consignment store or two. Some consignment stores cater to the teen crowd, and they only carry the hottest fashions. You can save a bundle by shopping at these stores.
Look for Sales: As a rule of thumb, you should always avoid buying anything at full price. Almost all types of clothing will eventually go on sale, so you can easily save money on these items if you are patient and wait for the sales. However, the downside to this is that you have to be vigilant and watch for the sales. You won’t items are on sale if you don’t sign up for store newsletters and join their mail distribution list.
Rock the Hand-Me-Downs: If your family is like many others, your kids may be very close in age, or you may have nieces and nephews who are close in age to your own child. If possible, take full advantage of hand-me-downs. Many kids this age outgrow their clothing long before it shows signs of wear and tear. In fact, you may find some great hand-me-downs that have only been worn a time or two.
Free-for-All: As a final note, when you are out shopping with your teen, consider establishing a budget for your teen and taking the role of a casual observer. Let your teen know that once the money is gone, it’s time to go home. It will be up to your teen to decide if he really wants to spend all of his money on a pricey brand of sneakers or if he’d rather get a few long-sleeved shirts to wear this winter.
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