If you’re anything like me, you probably raid your kids’ closets at the start of Spring and Fall to get rid of clothes they can’t fit for bigger sizes. But here’s the thing…
Kids grow so fast that they barely have time to wear everything in their closet before it doesn’t fit anyway.
So why would you ever pay full price for new clothes when you can get kids clothes for FREE?!
When money got tight it was learning how to get free kids clothes that helped us out tremendously. Because raising four boys is expensive enough (at one point we had three kids in diapers – whew!), so any time I can find cheap or free kids clothes for my boys I am a happy camper!
How to Get Free Kids Clothes Every Year
This is stuff EVERY mom needs to know – no matter your budget. Today, I’m going to help you know how to get free kids clothes every year for your children so you can make your budget stretch further.
Sign up for Ebates to get cash back.
Clothes aren’t the only thing kids need. Nowadays, we do the majority of our shopping for these things online anyway so you don’t want to leave any money on the table. That’s why using free rebate websites like Ebates is a great way to earn free kids clothes!
Ebates is a free membership website that partners with several stores online like Amazon, Target, Macy’s, Walmart, and more to give you free cash back when you shop online! Plus, when you sign up for Ebates, you’ll get your first $10 for FREE by clicking here!
Here’s a quick overview of how Ebates works:
- Sign into your Ebates account.
- Choose which store you want to shop at and check the cashback offer.
- Place your order as you normally would.
- Wait for your free money to hit your account!
Stores pay Ebates a commission for sending its’ members to their websites, and they share their earnings with you! It’s really that simple.
Besides, who doesn’t love FREE money? So if you don’t already have an Ebates account, you can sign up here for Ebates here and get $10 cash back – it’s free!
Ask for clothes as gifts.
This tip is for new moms (or new-again moms) especially! Instead of asking for baby gear when you’re expecting, add baby clothes to your registry.
I recommend only adding a few newborn sizes and making the majority of the clothes you pick in 0-3 and 3-6 month sizes. Also, be mindful of the climate so you’re not getting shorts or a dress, for example, if it’ll be too cold before your baby can wear it.
If you’re a mom of toddlers with a birthday (or Christmas!) coming up then you can ask for clothes or gift cards to a kids clothing store in lieu of toys. (I do this every year so I can get free kids clothes AND shoes!)
Ask for hand-me-downs.
If you check through your Facebook friend list I’m sure you’ll find someone you know that has a kid around the same age as yours. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask for hand-me-downs!
You’d be surprised at how many parents will be THRILLED to get rid of all their kid’s stuff. Half of the time they have no idea what to do with it all anyway and it’s just taking up space, so that’s a good thing for you!
Search Craigslist for freebies.
Craigslist is a great website for buying and selling things in your area and many times I’ve come across bulk baby and kid items listed for free! Of course, these items are first-come, first-served — but it’s always worth a shot!
If you can’t find any free kids clothes, don’t pass up on kids clothes sold by the lot. You will still save a ton of money which will make your kids clothes practically free – even if you get 100 pieces for $45!
I also love to use Craiglist to find other kids stuff like bunk beds, furniture, ride-on toys, big wheels, baby gear, and more for dirt cheap.
Leave tags on and keep your receipt.
Babies, especially, are prone to outgrow their cute outfits before they will get a chance to wear them. I suggest you keep tags on anything kids clothes that you buy brand new and keep your receipt.
That way, if you need to exchange an abundance of items you have, you can return them for bigger sizes. But if you can’t do an exchange or return, your best bet will be to resell it with the tags still on so you can get more cash back!
Join mom groups in your area.
Mom groups aren’t just great support groups for new moms, but they’re also a great resource for when you need to swap babysitting services, make new friends, and of course, get free kids clothes!
I know many moms that exchange items their kids have outgrown with each other all the time!
So if you’re not a part of a mom group, I highly recommend joining one in your area. You can check meetup.com or local churches to get started!
Keep your older kids’ clothes.
If you have more than one kid the good news is you probably already have kids clothes lying around your house! I like to keep my kids’ old clothes so I can hand them down to their younger siblings.
And it works out perfectly since my kids are fairly close in age, so this keeps us from having to buy a new wardrobe for each child twice a year.
Resell your kids’ clothes.
If you don’t want to hold onto your kids’ old clothes, another way you can still get free kids clothes for your child is to resell what you have. You can take your kid’s old clothes to a kids resale like Once Upon A Child or consignment shop to get cash or credit to buy new clothes!
I did this a lot when we only had one child, but now that our family has grown, some stuff I will hold onto to pass down to my younger children.
As a mom of four, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to break the bank when your kids need clothes. You can start using any or all of these strategies above to get clothes your kids will love that won’t cost you a dime!