Save on Fall Clothes for the Family
Now that summer is slowly coming to an end and cooler temperatures are just a few weeks away at least that’s what we’d like to believe — now is the time to start focusing on fall wardrobe needs for the family.Rather than spend your weekends in brick and mortar stores searching for deals or online at your usual shopping spots, I have a few other options for you.
I recently read about an online swapping service for children’s clothes, ThredUp Kids Clothing Exchange.ThredUp is a by membership only web service where you can swap gently used clothes with other families.While, I haven’t tried it myself, membership appears to be free.
You simply sign up and select a gender and size for the clothes that you would like to receive.All you pay is a shipping fee to have the box sent to you.In exchange, you list a box of clothes to exchange. For kids who spend most of their days in daycare centers, at the local parks or around home, this actually sounds like an excellent way to dress them without breaking the bank.Additionally, the way that kids grow, most clothes don’t go through enough wear and tear before they are too small — added assurance that the clothes you will receive should be in decent shape.
EBay has been around for quite some time.And, for the most part, it has proven to be a very useful service for those seeking to purchase or sell all types of items.Big labels, little labels, they have it all.If you like the idea of bidding in an auction you can do that or you can buy something outright.Additionally, you can purchase securely by creating a PayPal account so you don’t have to provide your credit card information directly to the seller.You can also read reviews by other satisfied buyers before you make a purchase.
Let’s not forget Craigslist.Similar to your local classified ads, you can find all sorts of good deals on Craigslist.One of the neat things about Craigslist is that you are not confined to merchandise that is only available in your immediate area.If you are willing to travel, simply change your state or region in your search criteria.Because most Craigslist transactions require you to physically meet someone to complete the transaction, please take necessary precautions to ensure your safety.
ThredUp, EBay and Craigslist are just a few of many resale websites that you can use to find items to complete your family’s fall wardrobe without breaking the bank.You can shop from the comfort of your home and view detailed photos of the items before you make a purchase.Inexpensive and convenient, these online services are sure to offer you a nice change of pace from the traditional shopping environment.As with any service that is new to you, you should read and research these companies and their return and privacy policies before making a purchase.
Family Finance and Budget By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA.
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