Guest Post- Saving Money on Clothing

03/29/2010 12:10 pm · 8 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Thanks to Christy at Thrifty and Thriving for her tips on saving money on clothing.

I have always bought clothing “off season” for the next year. For instance, at the end of summer, I buy lots of T-shirts and shorts for my kids for the next summer. At the end of winter I will pick up coats for them to wear next year. Everything I buy is at least 75% off, sometimes it’s even 90% off. So, when next season rolls around I won’t have to spend TONS of money buying new clothes for 5 children. I do the same with shoes, if they are in a size 1 now, I know they will eventually need a size 2 or 3, so if I see an excellent deal I buy them.

I have bins like these for each of the kids, that I keep in the garage. Whenever I pick something up for someone I just throw it in the bin. Then when a new season rolls around I pull out the bins and decide what items I need to fill in. Shirts are much easier to buy than pants, because different pants fit people different ways. So if there is anything I need to buy, it is usually pants.

Here is a look into the bins of my youngest two. Aren’t those frog and owl pajamas too cute? My little guy is going to look so cute in those! Occasionally, I will buy something that didn’t work out, but I don’t worry about it too much, because I can always give it to family or friends to use. I figure I am saving lots of money buying the clothes this way, so if I make a few mistakes it is no big deal.
It is easiest to buy clothing for the younger ones. My teens are boys, and they mostly wear jeans, t-shirts & hoodies, so it really isn’t too hard to find them stuff either. I am sure that will be a different story when my daughter is a teenager. I can hear her already “You want me to wear that? That is so last year, Mom!” For now, this system works for us and saves a TON of money.
Here are the places I get most of the items:
Younger 3 kids:
JCPenney – At the end of each season they will mark their clothes down to 75% off, sometimes even more. Plus, when I receive $10 off $10 coupons that makes the deals go even further. You can find lots of great brands there like Carter’s, Osh Kosh, Nike, Levi’s and their own Arizona brand.


Kohl’s – We just recently got some Kohl’s stores here, and technically none of them are that close to me, but if I know I am headed where there is one I will make a point to stop there. The majority of the clothing I buy from Kohl’s is actually online at They have excellent clearance prices, you can find stuff 80-90% off. Here is the best part, when you have a Kohl’s charge account, you can always find a code for FREE SHIPPING, and and additional 15-30% off. You can use 2 codes at a time on the Kohls website, so you get the free shipping and the percentage off. I am not a big fan of credit cards, but this one actually saves me money, and I pay it off every month so I am not paying any interest. The free shipping really helps, I can buy single items that are cheap whenever I see them.

Gymboree – If you shop Gymboree when they have one of their additional 20% off sales, or friends and family event (additional 30% off), you can get some great deal. Pair the sales with Gymbucks, and you can find excellent deals. Plus, Gymboreehas a great resale value on Ebay or at a childrens resale store. For notification of their sales go to and sign up for their mailing list. If you aren’t familiar with Gymbucks, you can learn about them at their website also.

Old Navy – I don’t buy too much here, but they occasionally have 1/2 off the clearance price sales that are really good.

Crazy 8 (owned by Gymboree) - These stores are fairly new, and we only have onenear us, but you can order online at They also have anadditional 20% off coupon you can use (I found mine in a parents magazine I think). They are way cheaper than Gymboree, and owned by the same people.

The teenagers (boys):

Aeropostale – The majority of the boys clothes come from here. I mostly buy them t-shirts, polos and hoodies here. They have some great sales, and occassionally they will have an additional 70% off the clearance price. I have found shirts for $3-4, and hoodies for $9-12.

JCPenney – Just like I mentioned above them have great sales, and I usually buy their pants from these 2 stores. & Kohl’s

Hollister – My oldest likes Hollister, and I can even find deals there. They aren’t nearly as good or on sale as often as the other stores, but it is possible to find a deal. I always head straight to the back where the clearance is. I have gotten shirts for 6.90 and even a sweatshirt for 9.90 before.

Also, if you live near a Mervyns, they are another great place to get clearance. All of the stores in our state closed over a year ago. It took me awhile to get over the fact that I didn’t have Mervyns to shop at anymore, I had to attend a 10 step program.

You really can find clearance at any store, you just need to know where it is, and head straight for those clearance racks. Don’t look at any of the new items hanging on the racks, because you might be tempted by those instead.

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The best month to find clearance deals for winter clothing is in January, almost all of the stores are trying to clear out the old merchandise to bring in the new spring clothes. An example is Old Navy always has a 50% off clearance prices some time in January. You can get clothing as cheap as $1!! The best time to get the spring/summer clothing is in July/August. You can easily find clothing at 75% off during these times of year. You should be able to find great deals at any store you shop at, you just need to know where those clearance racks are.


So, what months are the BEST months to find deals at like Khol's and Old Navy and The Children's Place? I've heard that there are specific months (beg. or end?) that the awesome sales generally run? Does anyone know?


I agree with kristi m. As a mom of 5 I been found thrift stores very helpful whne it comes to summer clothes I shop a lot on a IL store called once upon a child where you can find gently used brand clothes or new with tag for less than 2.00ea also they buy your old clothes if they are in good condition.

kristi m.
kristi m.

For younger kids, it is so worth it to shop thrift stores or yard sales for off season items. Most clothes are hardly used and you save tons of money.


thats so funny I do the same exact thing!! Childrens Place is a great store to go to also, they clear out stuff that is normally $20+ for $2-$4 when they are trying to get the next seasons stuff out! I love it! and they website has the same sales!


I liked mervyns and I could probably use the 12 step program....


American Eagle has great clearance prices (espceially for boys) on occasion so that's always worth a peek. I've got $2-$4 polo shirts for the husband there on multiple occasions, as well as $5 shorts. I love Fred Meyer for kids clothing as well. Their clearance is always a little bit too spendy, but you can find great things for cheap when they do the extra 70% off clearance prices.

Kacey Justus
Kacey Justus

Didn't Kohl's buy out Mervyn's? I never liked Mervyn's cuz I was constantly approached by a dozen salespeople asking if there was anything I need help with.

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