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post #21 of 53
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On this subject, do any of you keep a written inventory of what you have stored, so that when you are shopping you don't overbuy? I used to do that when it was just dd but haven't since I had the boys.

I just went through the box of winter stuff I have already bought for my 2 boys, and by coincidence it worked out perfect. They both have between 5 and 7 casual shirts, 2 or 3 church shirts, and several pairs of jeans/khakis. They will both still fit in their jackets from last year. So they are all set. I also found about 6 pairs of pants that I thought would fit ds1 this year (he just turned 3 and they are a size 3T) but they are HUGE on him, so those will have to wait another year! (This is the kid who is still wearing 18 month shorts right now; the 24 mo and 2 T are way too big!).

I need to go through dd's box and see what she has.

Maybe that's what I really need to concentrate on; don't worry about storing stuff since we do have the closet space; just make sure I keep good records so I don't go crazy and end up with 20 shirts for one person!
post #22 of 53
I have three girls so what might not work with one could work for the next. we also never know what we will have left for hand-me downs. My 3 and 6 year old are pretty darn close to the same size. especially in Gap clothes. go figure. also when I say clearance sale I am talking clearance sale at Once Upon a Child. So really $1-$3 each item which beats an in season sale any time.

we kinda hit it from all sides. I buy more stuff on clearance for my oldest because she always needs stuff and if it ends up not working it will work for one of the other two.

we also get handme dopwns from about 4 families.

then once the season is here we drag it all out, try it all on, hand around and thin down. then we pass the rest on. if we end up needing something in the middle of the season then we buy it then but that is usually just a special occaision, special uniform of pants for terror child who can put holes in the knees of anything.
post #23 of 53
I always buy 1 size up. He has mainly jeans and shirts anyways so I know that he will be able to wear them. I buy his shoes 1/2 size bigger. I have went through 3 sizes of shoes in the last 6 months. He has enough clothes for 10 days and that is it. When I buy jeans, I also find a shirt that will go with it. I make outfits so it is easier for him to get dressed.
post #24 of 53
I am a huge bargin hunter, but I really like my kids to look nice. Although what I call a bargin I think would be more expensive then some people would want to pay. I tend to buy Pumpkin patch brand or your American gymboree brand when it's on sale for good clothes. Gymboree boys clothes are so much nicer then anything over here. I just orderd some Gymboree on special. A 2T shirt was 9.99 (13.99 after the exchange rate) new full price from Pumpkin patch is about $25 so that to me was a good bargin. I'm also kind of picky with colours, necklines etc so I seem to spend all year perusing online shops. I buy up at sale times, then bits here and there. I simply put my daughters larger clothes in her bottum draw and my sons in a large upright box that fits the cupboard. I seem to remember pretty well what I have bought, have only forgoten a couple of items. I just went through there clothes for this coming season. I have my dd try them all on and see what will fit. What will fit goes into the second from the bottum draw, those still too big back to the bottum draw. Then I have an idea how much more i need to get. Very rarly has anything been too small. If I am unsure when I am buying I will buy a size larger then I think I will need. It's a bit of a bummer when some nice clothes don't fit but they will in a folowing year so it still works out. Sometimes I might buy too many shirts. I already have 6 long sleeve t shirt tops for ds for next winter (thats next year over here) which I know dh would think is too many. Lol I just don't say anything!
post #25 of 53
i buy ahead, but even then, i don't buy new. in my kids bedroom, they each have a 4 drawer dresser... the bottom drawer is jammies that they currently wear (bottom drawer is easiest for them to reach), and then the other 3 drawers contain clothes in the next 3 sizes up, one size per drawer. anything bigger than that gets stored in storage bins under the beds.

since we buy pretty gender neutral or plain clothes ('cause my dd wears all of her bro's hand me downs), our system works well. we stay away from charcter print clothes too. we only ever get 100% cotton as well (ds has skin issues). at least once a year, my mom takes me used clothes shopping for the kids (the kid of place where you fill a garbage bag with clothes for $10), and pays for it all, so sometimes we get clothes that are wayyyy too big. i figure if some clothes don't fit properly, i can always sell it, save it for the next kid, or lend it out to a friend.

then for bdays, christmas, etc, if they want something special (ds went thru a major dinosaur shirt addiction), then they can put it on thier wish lists, and grandma and grandpa usually get it for them.
post #26 of 53
I don't have kids yet, but I do buy ahead of time. If I see a nice practical peice of clothing for less than a dollar that is in very good condition, I buy it. I even have some clothes that are up to 2T size. Another thing I will buy is expensive brand childrens shoes like Robeez or other soft soled type shoes. I can't stand the little runners they put babies in with thick hard plastic soles.
post #27 of 53
Now that I have 2 girls, I can save stuff for dd2. I saved all coats and boots, sweaters etc from dd1 and passed on other stuff- too much to store and we had no idea when dd2 would come or that she was a girl.

But, my parents live in FL in the winter months and we usually visit them. So I buy at the end of season the next size up a few outfits for dd1 to have. My mom also picks up stuff there from the outlets for us so she has clothing. Now w two, I will plan around that again.

I buy way too much so I am going to tone it down this year. After dd2 wears the stuff, I will do a consignment sale a local church does twice a year- fall clothing and then again in Spring for that season. Some stuff I sell here or on ebay already.
post #28 of 53
I tend to buy shirts for ds and dresses for dd on off-season sales. I find these don't have to fit as exactly so there's more wiggle room for what fits. If a shirt or a dress is a little big it doesn't matter much.

I don't really buy pants/shorts for ds until he needs them. They need to fit more exactly and he's tall and skinny so the fit really depends on the cut of each item.

Dd is a big dress/skirt person so she doesn't wear many pants, just leggings, tights, or bike shorts under her dress.
post #29 of 53
I buy shirts a season ahead when on clearance. I can't do the same with pants because it's harder to predict what size DS will be wearing.
post #30 of 53
I don't have to be concerned so much about cold weather clothing (rarely gets below freezing here) but I do tend to constantly be on the lookout for clothes for my oldest daughter. She has very particular taste and some sensory issues, so whenever I find something that meets her approval I snatch it up. Otherwise she would wear the same thing over and over.

My youngest wears everything the oldest wouldn't.
post #31 of 53
We buy ahead as we see things, but only used items, and only when it's a GREAT deal (usually rummage sales/thrift shops or something really cute or special. We've been burned a couple times, but since we don't spend a whole lot, I figure we're overally still getting a good deal.

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Originally Posted by zoebird
but, my family (just DH and I right now) are trying to streamline down to only a few items of clothing--that seven items concept. we want to do this with our children as well.
Zoebird, this is an intriguing idea. Do you have more info on it? Do you basically choose a color scheme and only buy things that go together? I tried to google it but all I came up with was brand name "Seven" jeans!
post #32 of 53
I don't generally buy ahead. First of all, my 3 oldest are girls and are very particular as to what they will wear and really need to try the clothes on. My 11 yo has sensory integration disorder, so she won't wear jeans or anything that is even remotely tight, itchy, or uncomfortable.

My youngest has lots of clothes from his older brother so he doesn't need much. I always seem to find what I need cheap: yard sales, seasonal sales, salvation army, friends, etc.
post #33 of 53
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Originally Posted by MomToKandE
I tend to buy shirts for ds and dresses for dd on off-season sales. I find these don't have to fit as exactly so there's more wiggle room for what fits. If a shirt or a dress is a little big it doesn't matter much.

I don't really buy pants/shorts for ds until he needs them. They need to fit more exactly and he's tall and skinny so the fit really depends on the cut of each item.

Dd is a big dress/skirt person so she doesn't wear many pants, just leggings, tights, or bike shorts under her dress.
That's what I need to do I guess; keep looking for good deals on shirts and dresses, but save the pants/shorts till we need them. I just found out yesterday that ds is only 27 lb at 3 years old. He is so skinny. He only gained one pound in a whole year (though he did grow 2 inches). But then he might hit a year where he grows 4 or 5 inches, who knows. I'm thinking that ds2 (also 27 lb at 20 months old) will be the one who ends up wearing the pants that I thought I was buying for ds1...
post #34 of 53
Right now my kids are pretty prdictable, they are still young. I have bought quite a bit of summer clothes for next year already. They are such great prices I couldn't say no. I would think as kids get older it would be harder to do that. You never can tell when a major growth spurt will occur.

But for now I still do.
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by 3inclothdiapers
That's what I need to do I guess; keep looking for good deals on shirts and dresses, but save the pants/shorts till we need them. I just found out yesterday that ds is only 27 lb at 3 years old. He is so skinny. He only gained one pound in a whole year (though he did grow 2 inches).
I'm in the same boat -- I just make sure to only buy pants that have belt loops. I never have a problem of the pants being too long, but even pants that are 4" too short are still too big in the waist! He's nearly a 3T but his waist size corresponds to like a 12-month size, I'm not kidding. So he wears a belt with pretty much everything, pants or shorts. I kind of hated all the belts for little boys I found in stores but then I found these belts online and they're the best! So easy for little kids to do on their own:

Toddler belts with velcro
post #36 of 53
I don't buy ahead unless I see a huge, screaming deal. I got ds four (or five?) pairs of pants for about $1 each in sizes 3T-5T about a year ago - he's two now. They're hanging in the closet, but I'm sure he'll need them at some point. I will buy ahead for the next season for dd (ie, end of summer, I bought a couple of spring/summer dresses on clearance) but only a little ahead, because she's very picky about clothes and her tastes change.

I will buy shoes on super-clearance a little further ahead, because if my kid doesn't fit into them at the proper time I can always find someone who can use them. And shoes are expensive.
post #37 of 53
I do tend to buy ahead on sale for my kids. I can't do it for my oldest dd, because she tends to grow the fastest, but my younger kids grow more slowly. I was lucky, because I got a lot of great deals for my youngest son and will not have to spend that much on him this coming fall. I also go with the idea of buying outfits, not seperates. I also go through what I buy at the beginning of the season, mid season, and at the end of the season. So, I'm keeping track of what I have. I'm overly organized though and can pretty much tell you what we have in any given section.
post #38 of 53
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I don't buy ahead unless I see a huge, screaming deal. I got ds four (or five?) pairs of pants for about $1 each
Where is that?! Are they online? Will they post overseas?
I think clothes are more expensive over here, like a pair of target trackpants are about $7 which an American told me was expensive. I have never in my life seen pants for $1 each. Wow i think I have got a huge screaming deal if I see pants (cargoes, cordaroys etc) going for $10.
post #39 of 53
At the most, I buy one year ahead, more than that, I feel guilty that the clothing isn't taking care of another child. Plus, I believe in trusting in God for my provision.
post #40 of 53
I buy 1 year ahead during the after season sales. If I end up with too much I can sell it online for more than I paid right before the season starts.
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