If you think raising a child won’t throw your budget out of whack, think again. Research has shown that raising a child born in 2013 through the age of 18 will cost approximately $245,000—when you factor in costs for food, housing, healthcare, and clothing. Fortunately, you might be able to stretch your monthly paycheck by making the most of the resources you already have. Here are five tips to make your kid’s clothing last longer, so you can avoid those financial growing pains.
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Set Rules about Play Clothes
Have you ever carefully inspected your children’s destroyed clothes? If you did, you might have discovered grass stains and holes created by fine abrasives. Outdoors can be hard on clothes, which is why some parents choose to set rules about which items can be worn outside. To make your kid’s clothes last, ask them to change into designated play clothes before they head outside after school.
Invest In High-End Threads
Sure, those cotton t-shirts might seem pretty similar to the ones at that high end boutique, but if you look a little closer, you might discover some serious differences. In addition to being made from fabrics with a tighter, more durable weave, high end clothing typically totes reinforced stitching, which can endure more wear and tear. To extend the life of your kid’s clothing, invest in high-end threads. Shop the sales at nice department stores, and don’t be shy about using coupons or Nordstrom discount codes you find online.
Repurpose Old Clothing
Once your child outgrows an outfit, you might be tempted to toss it into a storage bin or give it to a neighbor. However, if that old shirt or pair of pants has a little wear left, you might be able to repurpose it into a different outfit. For example, use those old dresses as flowy girl’s blouses, and turn those old jeans into cutoffs. Consider adding ruffles to the bottoms of jeans to make them longer. In addition to wearing their favorite clothes a little longer, repurposing them can infuse your child’s wardrobe with a little more personality.
Keep in mind that any comfortable outfit can be used as pajamas—so never buy nightgowns or pajama pants again. Instead, have your kid wear those comfortable leggings or that stained (but clean) shirt to bed.
Being careful with kids clothes might seem like a hassle, but it could shave thousands of dollars off of your annual expenses.