How you and your wallet can survive kids fashions *Guest Blog*

Another clever little guest blog that I thought you might find interesting/funny/entertaining 🙂 Enjoy!

Shopping for kids clothes can be a lot of fun, but it can also be expensive, time consuming, and often frustrating. Nobody really minds shopping for the little ones, but getting too much information about “kids fashions” can get on your nerves. Like maternity dresses, kids fashions are a matter of personal taste. Good designs can speak for themselves, and you know better than anyone what your kid actually needs.

The kids clothes issues

Quality is the only issue. Kids clothes need to be good quality things that don’t wear out the minute you look at them and can be washed without a PhD in nuclear physics and a radiation suit. They shouldn’t be “cute” to the point of nausea or terrifying grandparents and other drivers on the road. A child’s outfit can either be seen as a fashion statement or a cry for help which may turn into a lawsuit when the kid grows up. Never mind the cheap garbage, stick to the good labels that make real clothes.

Dodging the credit card killers

There may be a recession going on, but that doesn’t mean you should have to single-handedly do a national bailout just buying a little outfit. You really should be able to get plenty of nice things for a young kid without spending next year’s budget. An extra digit on a credit card can do exactly that, and you need to be aware that you’re not only paying top dollar, you’re paying a premium on top of top dollar.

The quick way around this situation is shopping online. If you can find what you want, you can save yourself traipsing around the world to get things. Everything gets delivered, and it’s a very civilized way to shop. To avoid using the credit card, you can also use PayPal. It’s a lot cheaper than a credit card, and also more secure. Alternatively, you can use a debit card, so there’s a built in limit on what you can spend at any given moment.

Finding good prices

Shopping online also saves a lot of time doing quality and price comparisons. The online merchants are usually specialists in the kids clothes markets, and they’re generally pretty reliable in terms of communication and getting what you want. One Live Chat or a phone call can save you a lot of money, and you may also get suggestions about options you didn’t know you had.

It’s a good idea to lock in a few suppliers when your child is young, so you can deal with the “size factor” as the child grows. Good suppliers can save you a fortune between infancy and school age. There are usually at least a few good prices around, and a bit of tough-minded shopping will always pay off if you’re patient. Don’t settle for one price for anything, always check against other offers, and you’ll save money every time you shop.

One other tip: If you’re talking to a shop owner who looks like a mother, mention that buying kids clothes is as tough as buying maternity wear– You’ll get all the help you need.

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