Activity #58: Shop on the cheap

When I found out I was having a second boy, at first I was shocked. Not that I didn’t want a second boy — I was still totally afraid of little girls (having been mean to my own mom until … ummm, now) — but I grew up in a boy/girl house and I just thought that’s how it went. But since birthing a second son, I now recognize it for what it is: “the ultimate in recycling.”

Babies grow fast. A few inches in as many months – wow! So, my tip is to beg, borrow, and steal (ok, don’t steal) clothes and gear. Legal ideas:

  • Second hand shops. I got a pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans for $2. They didn’t fit, but for that price, who cares?! Add some decorative patches to torn places if you’re feeling really creative.
  • Hand-me-downs from friends. I organize a clothing swap every year, so you know I don’t have any problem with my friends’ seconds.
  • Internet. Use Google Products (formerly known as Froogle) to find deals when you know what you like or kidsurplus.com if you know you just need something like a “raincoat”
  • Bulk. Look for multi-packs of onesies and sweatpants for everyday use (Target, Old Navy).
  • Outlet malls. Is there a Carter’s near you? Make it a roadtrip or a side trip if you’re visiting the grandparents

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RookieMoms co-founder & mom to 3 boys in Berkeley, CA. Bossy big sister and project manager turned blogger helping moms enjoy their first years of motherhood. Find me on my other site on 510families.com or hiding in my minivan eating dark chocolate.