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The same goes for online shopping: Your favorite store sites can alert you with special offers. Also, thrifty moms are sharing information via the Internet. For example, bloggers often advise other moms when there's a big sale, sensational bargain or a money-saving tip to pass along.
Save reusable, good clothing from older siblings. Pajamas and jeans often still have a lot of wear left, and they're fine to pass on to younger children. If you have your own siblings with kids, they might provide clothing when their children outgrow things.
Another great idea: Start a swap club with other moms. Exchanging gently-used clothing with friends means that all the kids get something that's new to them. The swap club rule is that clean, cared-for items in good condition can be exchanged.
Fall fabrics go on sale in summer, so if you're handy with a sewing machine, you can buy now and sew up some savings. Changing out the buttons on cardigans, blouses and jackets can give them a fresh new look and is simple to do. Let your child choose the buttons to dress up an older favorite for the new school year. Fabric paints can turn a plain t-shirt into something special and can camouflage a stain on a favorite top. Adding trim spruces up a skirt and adds length to a pair of trousers or jeans. Just sew on an inch of lace or braid to the hem for a trendy new look.
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