Now that our frugal family has expanded to a family of six, creativity is more important than ever, when it comes to dressing the kids. It is no secret that I love to dress up the kids – especially our little girl, but our very limited clothing budget does not have much room for any fancy clothes. This is why I love our favorite online consignment store, because there I can get name brand clothing for the boys, beautiful boutique style dresses for our little girl, and if I need something for myself, I might even find a better price there than at our local thrift store (which is where I shop for myself, when I get to treat myself a little).
It has been a while, since I last ordered a box of clothes from our family’s favorite online consignment store, but I I had about $13 dollars worth of credit for the women’s shop, which was about to expire, and I also had a $20 store credit that I could use, so I decided to skip the mall, save some money and get even more for our family’s limited clothing budget by shopping online. I decided on splurging on a new with tag P.S. Aeropostle basketball tank for our oldest son, which will be great for his 12th birthday. This put my total before discounts over $50, which gave us free shipping (and saved us about $14), so it was a splurge that could be justified in more than one way.
I ended up paying $18 out of pocket for three tank tops and a skirt for myself (paid for with the women’s store credit), a new with tag P.S. Aeropostle basketball tank, a sleeveless onesie for our little girl (I’ve been searching high and low for one of these without success…as she needed one for under her dresses), a beautiful summer romper and seven gorgeous summer dresses. It came to $1.29 a piece – wow, not even our local thrift store can do that. With brands such as Hartstrings, OshKosh, Carter’s, The Children’s Place and more, we ended up saving about $300 off the new price for all of the above clothing.
Our little girl now wears size 12 – 18 months, but when I shop, I shop for clothing up to 4-5 sizes bigger than what she currently wears. For the boys I shop for up to 2-3 sizes bigger than what they currently wear, and it actually turns out perfectly. This means that I never, ever have to pay full price for anything, and they each have very organized clothing boxes full of clothes, whenever they grow out of a size…which they do quite frequently.
I try to buy mostly new clothing for our oldest son, as I know he has two younger brothers, who can use it later on. However, for our little girl, I try to buy secondhand only, when it comes to dresses. She really does not wear much else than dresses and rompers, although I buy tights, leggings and bike shorts for under her dresses on clearance at places such as Gymboree for as little as $2 a piece . I also try to win gift cards online, so that I can buy shoes, underwear, socks and such for all of the kids, and this really helps out a lot. I just cannot justify paying $10 for a dress on sale (or even $30 – $40) for a dress at full price, when $50 is about all we have allocated for each child per year.
So, instead I shop secondhand online and at our local thrift store, although I can get better quality, better selection, and quite often better prices at ThredUp than at our local Thrift store. I have bought lots of clothes at ThredUp, and only a few pieces have ever disappointed. When they did, ThredUp either automatically gave a store credit, or they did so after I contacted them about the piece of clothing. 99 percent of all the clothes that we have purchased at ThredUp has been in excellent condition, and the dresses are usually in like-new condition, plus we’ve often found great prices on new with tag clothing as well. Opening up a box of clothes from ThredUp is always exciting around here…
One big “secret” to ThredUp shopping is their new-with-tag section, and this is where I often find gifts for our oldest son. See the left sidebar under CONDITION to find the new-with-tag section, and then make sure to click low-to high price in the top right of the page. Check out a few things I found for as little as $3.49. I even spotted a pair of Guess jeans size 12 for only $3.49!
How To Save Big At ThredUp:
- Sign up for your free $10 ThredUp bonus
- Choose the gender and sizes you want
- Choose prices low to high in the top right hand-side and start browsing.
- Check out the new-with-tag section (in the sidebar under “condition”), and check out the women’s and junior sections as well.
- Add everything you like to your cart to reserve the item – You can always remove it from your cart during your final sorting.
- Buy items such as jeans, jean shorts, dresses, skirts and jackets, which are hard to find at low prices even on clearance.
- Either buy a pair of name brand jeans or a coat for around $13, and only pay for shipping ($2.99). Or buy $50 worth of clothing, get free shipping, and only pay $40 after the ThredUp bonus. (That’s as little as $2.09 a piece)
- Use ThredUp coupon code HOLIDAY25 for 25 percent extra off on holiday items (Find the holiday selection from the front page)
- Everything ships in 3 – 7 business days.
- Invite your friends and get $10 to shop for, once they make their first ThredUp purchase.
How do you stretch your family’s clothing budget?
If you think ThredUp might be for you, you can get $10 to shop for, if you sign up through this ThredUp bonus link. If you sign up, you get $10 to shop for, and if you actually find something you like, we get $10 to shop for as well. It is a win win!