BOSTON (CBS) – When you have kids it seems you are always shopping for clothes. Babies need a new wardrobe every couple of months. A newborn weighing in at 6 pounds will soon double her weight and need all new clothes. Clothes are a big line item in a family’s budget.

Kids hand-me-downs are great, unless, of course, you are the kid. And some things they are only going to wear once or twice at the most like a first communion dress or a boy’s blue summer blazer that the kiddo needed for your sister’s wedding.

So new-to-the-kid items can be found real cheap at consignment shops, church rummage sales, yard sales and the Goodwill or Salvation Army stores as well as online at Craig’s List and eBay.

If you want new, new for the little ones, try the outlet stores, discount stores, or shop the sales at the department stores. Places like Target or Walmart do have well-made kids clothing.

It is not practical to buy kids’ clothes or shoes for next year. I know the sales are great on summer clothes right now, but the kid could fool you and not grow very much or grow two sizes by next summer.

When you are online with your favorite retailer check their overstock department, while on Land’s End website I found girls summer clothing for 50% off.

TJ Maxx and Marshalls are liquidators that handle excess inventory. My favorite place to shop for my granddaughter. They have tutus very reasonably priced and when she was a flower girl last summer I got her dress for under $30.

The outlet stores are a great place to shop, but according to Consumer Reports Magazine, not all merchandise is created equal. If you go the Gap or the Banana Republic outlet stores you will be buying merchandise made specifically for the outlet stores. If you want the best deal on Gap merchandise check the sales in the regular stores.


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