5 Online Sources for Big Savings on Clothes

Online shopping has a bad reputation. For many people, online shopping triggers overspending and impulse buys. But for all its downsides, online shopping has the potential to be a vital source for saving a LOT of money on clothes. You just need to know where to start.

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7 Tips for Finding Hand-Me Downs (when your sources run out)

Any parent on a tight budget and a growing family knows that finding a reliable source for hand-me-downs is a key factor to saving big on clothes. Even with all the free brand new clothes I get, hand-me-downs still play a huge role in our savings on clothes.

But what if you run out of sources? Or don’t have any to begin with? Don’t despair! I’m going to give you several ideas on how to get your hands on some good hand-me-downs.

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3 Reasons Folding Clothes the “Marie Kondo” Way Just Makes Sense

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Laundry and dishes. The two constants of life with kids, and ever so controversial.

The way you fold clothes is kind of like the way you load the dishwasher: everyone has her own method. Have you ever watched someone load your dishwasher, horrified at their misplacement of cups and bowls, knowing that you will [secretly] rearrange it later? (Is it really just me?)

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My Secret to Getting Brand New Clothes (more than $500 worth a year!) for FREE

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After our second child turned a year old, my husband and I realized we both wanted a big family. We loved seeing the personalities of each child blossom, seeing the fun and unique people God made them to be. With that realization, however, came the money doldrums.

Have you been there? When all you can see is one [small] income for years and years as far as you can imagine? I was committed to staying home with my kids, but stretch that out for years with multiple kids, and you start to wonder how the numbers are going to work out.

Our sources for hand-me-downs were drying up (why oh why did my daughter need to outgrow not one, but two kids a year older than her?!), and I knew I needed a sustainable way to get the majority of our clothes for less…much less.

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How to Work Consignment Stores like a Boss (and get clothes for free!)

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Consignment stores are often viewed as thrift stores’ pricier, slightly better dressed cousin, at least that’s how I used to see them. To me, they were cut from the same cloth, but then I started shopping both types of stores more regularly. The differences became obvious, once I stopped to consider where each store gets its inventory. And by understanding that difference, I discovered yet another way to get clothes for free!

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7 Tips to Building a Simple Wardrobe for Kids

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Building a simple child’s wardrobe can be challenging, especially if you don’t have regular access to hand-me-downs or a wealthy grandparent who just can’t stop buying clothes for your kids. If you need to purchase clothing on your own and money is tight, you should definitely consider simplifying your child’s wardrobe. It will save your sanity and your pocketbook!

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The Capsule Wardrobe: How to get started and why you need to

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In a world chock full of choices at our fingertips, we parents suffer decision fatigue more than others because we make decisions for more than one person ALL. THE. TIME. Building a capsule wardrobe significantly reduces decision fatigue.

Capsule wardrobes also save money, but the best part is that they simultaneously save time and energy, and that’s what I’m all about here at this Simple Balance.

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4 Steps to Winning with Laundry

Nothing builds up faster in a family with small children than laundry (except perhaps dishes). Developing a laundry routine is essential to saving money on clothes.

When I had my first baby, laundry was overwhelming. It probably didn’t help that I did not have a washer and dryer in the house. Lugging laundry to the laundromat each weekend (we were a one-car family back then too) quickly got old, but I have to admit, the whole process went much quicker having several washers at my disposal and no choice but to focus on a single task (multi-tasking is a myth, in my opinion).

Four kids later, I’ve finally found a laundry routine that works for me, and it looks completely different than when I started this parenthood journey.

But the real question is: why start a series on saving money on clothes with all this laundry talk?

Because it all starts with laundry.

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A Morning Routine for moms who can’t wake up early

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Mom bloggers are big on having an early morning routine, and the supposed benefits of such a routine are so stinking attractive and convincing. “It will change your life,” they say. “You accomplish so much before your kids wake up, and you set up your day for success!” they say.

But what if you can’t? What if you’re just too tired?

I haven’t slept through the night in six years. I’ve been on the pregnant/nursing/pregnant cycle for eight years now, and I plan to stay on it as our family grows. I tried hard to train my body to wake up early, but I finally quit.

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Relaxed Homeschooling (A Day in the Life with a 7, 5, 3, and 1 year old)

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Inspired by the Day in the Life series over at Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing what a typical day looks like around here.

For all you moms out there considering homeschooling, I hope this encourages you that homeschooling is a lifestyle, and learning happens from the moment kids wake up until the minute their heads hit the pillow (literally).

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