How to shop for kids clothes online

Oh my, shopping for kids clothes can be such a pain–whether it be back-to-school shopping or just trying to pick up the essentials — shopping at the mall can be a hassle. With the high prices and the crowds–it just seems like a lose-lose situation for moms looking for a bargain. The next time you need to buy your kids new clothes, try online shopping–the Internet has a plethora of steals and deals and you are sure to find some stellar discounts.

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1Size ’em up.

The one disadvantage of online shopping is that you cannot try on anything before you buy it. Most sites are equipped with very detailed sizing charts, though, so just measure your children before you start shopping and you should be able to get a perfect fit for the most part. Be aware of the online retailer’s return or exchange policy so you know what do to if you end up with an item that does not fit your child properly. For example, some online sites let you mail items back for free, while others let you return or exchange them in their brick-and-mortar stores.

2Buy Second-hand stuff.

If, like the rest of us, you’re on a tight budget this year, check craigslist.org or ebay.com for great deals on used [and sometimes brand new] items at discount prices. If you buy from a person selling her wares on craigslist, be sure to meet in a public area to pick up the goods.

3Sign up for specials.

If your kids love a particular brand of clothing or shoes or a specific store that you frequent, the retailer or manufacturer may reward you for your loyalty. Sign up at your favourite stores’ and brands’ websites to receive email newsletters, coupons and sale notices. Then sit back and wait for the savings to come to you!

4Visit Savings sites.

Check out savings sites such as Momsview, which offers free stuff, clearance links, information about special sales and printable coupons for kids’ clothing retailers and even some of your own faves.

5Stock up.

When you find steals on basics that you use daily (socks, undies, jeans, tanks/tees, etc.), stock up and make the most of such online deals.

6Make it last.

Your kids’ tastes change even faster than your children grow. So when they beg you for the latest must-have trendy item, take to the Internet to find it second-hand or from a discount online retailer, such as Overstock or Zappos. Such stores offer all kinds of name-brand items at slashed prices.

If you must pay full price for an item, try to purchase it during a time when the shipping is free [many online retailers reward purchases over a certain amount with free or upgraded shipping]. Complement the pricey trend item with basics such as jeans and tees that usually last a few seasons.

With the ease of shopping online, you literally can have your kids’ hot new duds dropped at your doorstep without ever leaving the house. We’re not suggesting you stay home 24/7… But shopping online is a convenient, economical option for all your kids’ clothing needs.

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