Retail establishments often stock stores one season ahead, so waiting until your little guy really needs that season's clothes will give you the opportunity to hit major sales and the clearance racks.
Take saving one step further and shop at the end of this season for next year's sizes. "To be honest, I buy most of my daughter's wardrobe the year ahead of time when everything has gone on clearance," says Linda of frugalphillymom.com.
Outlets & discount department stores
You can pick up overstocked and end-of-season items for a steal when you shop strategically.
Hand-me-down unisex clothing
If your kids are different sexes, opt for unisex clothing that you can pass down.
Shopping for the best deals is easier online than on foot.
Adaptable pieces, such as jeans, plaid shorts and jeggings, can be mixed and matched with many outfits.
Buy tops that can be layered, such as tanks, button-up shirts and solid t-shirts, to stretch your kiddo's wardrobe.
Pieces you can modify, such as adjustable waist shorts and pants, can grow with your youngsters.
Apply for store credit cards
A store credit card commonly gives you a discount on your first purchase, and stores often offer special discounts and sales for card members.
Sign up for clothing store clubs
Joining a store's "club" can make you privy to special rebates and freebies, usually at no cost to you.
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