Maternity clothes can be pricey, but there are actually some great ways to save money on them that you may not have thought of!
First time mothers often wonder when the right time to buy maternity clothes is. Should you get them right away? Wait until you absolutely cannot fit into anything except your husband’s sweatpants? No matter when you decide to get them, maternity clothes can be expensive! Thankfully, now more than ever, there are terrific ways to get stylish maternity clothes without the high price tags. Try some of these easy ideas to save some moola on your maternity wardrobe.
Once only for children’s clothes, many large, seasonal consignment sales around the country now have a maternity section, as well. It’s a great place to shop for gently-used outfits at a fraction of the price. Keep in mind that each seller sets their own prices, so you may find that they vary greatly. Always shop consignment sales early for the best deals! If you have year-round mother and children’s consignment stores in your area, you might also want to check there. Most installations where you are stationed have their own thrift stores, which is perfect for finding maternity clothes!
Say Hello to Facebook
Facebook’s “yard sale” groups are now commonplace and maternity clothes can often be found for a fraction of the cost. Just remember to always meet the seller in a safe location to purchase the clothes and never go alone. If you haven’t seen a recent listing for maternity clothes, post a “Clothes Wanted” ad and see what others have to offer. And, to find these groups, simply type in the name of your city and then “swap and sell” and see what comes up – I’ve found even the smallest of towns have their own group! Other sites like Craigslist or Freecycle groups are another option for finding gently-used maternity wear!
Ask Around for Hand-Me Downs
If money is tight, try asking friends and family if they know of anyone who is either selling or willing to let you borrow their maternity clothes. Since many women holdon to their pregnancy wardrobes until they’re done having children, you might find that your friends will let you borrow their clothes. Just remember to return everything in the same condition you borrowed it in or replace the item if necessary.
Buy Consignment Items Online
Sure, shopping at your local consignment or thrift shop is perfect for finding maternity clothes, but so is shopping at online consignment store websites! It’s a great way to find clothes without ever having to leave the house, plus, a lot of sites like www.thredup.com offer a FREE $10 credit just to try them out (and it’s NOT a subscription service)!
Pregnancy is a wonderful time, but it can also be expensive. By cutting down on the money spent on maternity clothes, you’ll not only find clever ways to look stylish, but you’ll have extra money to stock up on diapers. Once baby arrives, you’ll be a lot more interested in her wardrobe than you are your own!