Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Keep Your Family Dressed for Less

If you are anything like me, you find yourself on a tight budget with very little wiggle room. Unfortunately, it is all too common these days for families to find themselves in a place where saving is a luxury. The monthly income in my home is stretched to the very last penny. I do feel somewhat blessed, as I do have a minimal amount going toward my savings, which is something many families aren't able to allow themselves.

This wasn't always the case, but through extensive thought and research I have found ways to get more for less, thus leaving a little extra for the emergencies that tend to come at the worst times. While my rainy day funds are far from where I want them to be… I am able to be comfortable enough should car troubles, a flooded basement or an unexpected trip to the ER come my way.I have found many ways to keep money in my pockets through gardening, couponing, and hand me down clothes; but more than anything saving for me comes from planning ahead. 

With three girls, it should be pretty easy to judge what they will need next in life. As a single dad…not so much. My oldest is more of an experiment, whereas the two that follow are an educated guess.  Each one of them has their own sense of style that is ever changing. I try to stay on top of their needs but I often miss the mark. All the same, I shop for wholesale clothing and do a lot of shopping during the off season.  

I have become quite comfortable with my kids not having the latest fashions and they have accepted that they may not be current with trends. Through honest communication they have a logical sense of understanding that they will grow out of clothes faster than they can ruin them. So it is not important for them to be the hippest kids on the block, so long as their pants aren't high waters and their tops don't show their bellies.

For occasions that require dressing to impress, I take advantage of Overstock coupons. This allows me to save money while keeping my kids looking chic when necessary. By necessity, I am really referring to holidays, school dances and of course family pictures. 
Another way I save money is by purchasing summer clothes when they are about to go out of season. You can find items for less than half off due to the need to sell and clear shelves to make room for the upcoming season. 

My final way to really cut back on clothing is through holiday sales. I recently came across Black Friday ad leaks online. Through these ads, I was able to plan out my Christmas list while finding clothes for my girls for an entire year. I did so for much less than I usually spend on Christmas for the girls alone. 

Keeping your kids in clothes that look good and fit is very attainable without breaking the bank or creating massive amounts of debt and interest payments in the process. Being a single dad, I have found that I have to plan for everything from the daily routine to the years to come. Without a system I would feel completely lost and the stability my children have would be nonexistent. 

Its okay to tell your kids no, but more importantly it's essential to their growth that we be realistic with our finances and teach them to live frugally in all aspects. 

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Leona Olson said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My son is also a single father of 3 girls (his wife has them also equal time) and it is hard. He works off and on when he is needed. There needs to be more attention on single fathers. The girls are so good and not a real worry about clothes for the 9 year old girl but he has one in high school and one in middle school. Best to you.

Sandy VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I haven't tried the overstock coupons before but will check into this. I have bought several things at end of year clearance when I find them for the kids at a great price. Not sure how anyone can afford to just go with no coupons or waiting for the best deals.
My son has 5 and I'm sure he can relate to exactly what you're saying. He has only 1 boy out of that 5 so things can get difficult. Last year, he had 3 of them for about 6-7 months then they switch off.

Karen Glatt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It is so true to make sure to live within a person's budget,and when it comes to children's clothes, bargains can be found. I have found so many new and like new items for relatives at yard sales and thrift stores. Also, buy shopping at the end of a season, I can snag great bargains for myself! I will have to look into Overstock coupons.

Courtney B said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

its so expensive to dress kids.. especially if you want to have them look nice! thanks for the post!

brich2222 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lots of great tips to save. We generally only buy clothing when it is on sale!

Cheryl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It is hard with girls--we do each have our own style and ideas. I had not thought to look for Overstock coupons, thanks.

Alexis Marlons said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I totally agree with your point here. As a parent, we always want the best for our kids, but we also have to be realistic with our finances and make them aware of up to what can we give to them especially when it comes to their wants.

Robin Wilson said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I only wish I had any savings at all ~ so it makes living on a very limited income even harder. I have to look for deals all year just to keep the basic needs in the house, much less any wants. Sure I would love to be able to give my family the best, but I have learned for sure that the best does not always have to be the most expensive. Rainy day pennies are hard to find!

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