We all know how expensive being a parent can be and one of the biggest expenses is often keeping your children in clothes that fit when all they seem to do is grow! In this post, we take a look at how to save money on children’s clothes, from buying second-hand to arranging clothes swapping parties. 

A clothing rail with great value children's clothes on


No matter what age your children are, it can sometimes seem as though they continually need new stuff. Whether it’s realising their school uniform no longer fits after the school holidays or replacing football boots that have somehow gotten lost (again!) the costs can quickly add up. 

Here are a few ways you can save money on children’s clothes. 

Shop Out Of Season

Shopping out of season is a great way to save money on children’s clothes. This means grabbing Winter clothes in the January and Spring sales and Summer items in September.

If you’re worried about your child’s taste in clothes changing, you could always stock up on basics like plain t-shirts, pyjamas, socks and pants. Remember to grab the next size up if you need to!

Buy Second-hand Clothes

Buying second-hand clothes is one of the easiest ways to save money when it comes to children’s clothes and it’s great for the environment too. Charity Shops are ideal for this but you can also use apps such as Shpock, Depop and Vinted as well as more obvious choices like eBay.

Buying second-hand clothes doesn’t have to mean buying used. Many people end up selling brand new clothes that were either never worn or bought in the wrong size so you can often pick up clothes that still have the tags on for bargain prices. 

Also, be sure to look out for big bundles of clothing as this often helps save on delivery costs and you get much more clothing for your money.

Find A Clothes Swapping Party

Clothes swapping parties are a great way to get rid of clothes that you no longer need and also pick up some new clothes for your children at the same time. Often these are run by charities and you can either donate some items in exchange for taking some or pay a small fee to be able to fill a bag with as much clothing as you would like. 

You could also arrange this yourself on a smaller scale between friends and family. 

Be Supermarket Savvy

The main UK supermarkets often have very reasonable prices on children’s clothes, especially school uniform. 

George at Asda actually offers a money-back guarantee so if you’re unhappy with the quality or if clothing doesn’t wash well you can take it back for a full refund as long as it’s within 100 days.

Invest In Quality

When you’re on a tight budget, it can be tempting to buy the cheapest of everything, however, sometimes it does pay to invest in quality. For example, many parents choose to buy branded school shoes because although they are more expensive than cheap supermarket shoes, they often last much longer, saving money in the long run. However, this needs to be balanced out with how quickly your child is growing as you don’t want to spend loads on shoes that may only last for a few months. 

Keeping these tips in mind should help you save money the next time you shop for children’s clothes. 

By Fiona, Mum and money blogger