You all know I love to save money. I’ve shared my grocery budget tips, Dollar store favorites and my love affair with Aldi in past posts. Well, after finally announcing my news on Instagram last week, I thought it was time to share some tips on how to score pregnant fashion items for super cheap. Although this is baby #4, I have let many people borrow my maternity items and after enduring those pregnancies as well as 3 of my own, I was sad to realize that it was time to stock up on a few maternity pieces. However, I hate to pay full price for anything and my goal has been to get the things I need for as cheap as possible since this will be my last pregnancy. I’ve come up with 6 ways on how to score your pregnant fashion clothing for extremely cheap!
1. Set A Price Limit. Once you start looking for maternity clothing, it’s tempting to get sucked in and start buying things just because they are on sale. For this pregnancy, I have set a price limit for myself to prevent this from happening. For me, I will only buy tops and bottoms that are $5 or less and dresses that are less than $10. That way, even if I see a cute shirt on clearance for $10, I won’t buy it because for me, it’s not really a good deal and not worth it just because it’s on sale. Now, you may think that less than $5 is ridiculously low or maybe that’s crazy high…everyone is different, but it’s important to set some boundaries for yourself so that you can truly gauge what is a good deal or not for your budget.
2. Hit The Thrift Stores. Believe it or not, thrift stores are a great place for maternity wear. Because most people wear their items for a few months, they are usually in great condition. You will notice that some thrift stores have a much better selection on maternity than others, but almost every single one has a maternity rack. I have found multiple shirts from Gap, Target and Motherhood Maternity that are in like-new condition for less than $5. And to get even more bang for my buck, I usually only shop at thrift stores on days where I know everything is 50% off or there is some discount happening. You can usually find out about these online.
3. Target Clearance. Oh Target and your magical red tags, how I love you. The majority of my maternity clothes are from the Target clearance rack. The key to finding amazing deals here is to look often and have patience. I start looking at the rack as soon as I find out I’m pregnant and think ahead. The key to Target clearance is to quickly look at the rack every single time you are there. 50% of the time, you won’t find anything in your super low budget that you’ve set for yourself, but I guarantee that every few weeks you will come across an amazing deal that no one else has snatched up. Most of my shirts are in the $4 range from Target and since I know I can wait and buy it for this price, I try to always wait until it’s marked down to the absolute lowest price. I also always check my Cartwheel app as well as the mobile site to see if there are any additional coupons. This same method applies to all clothing at Target.
4. Borrow From Friends. As I’ve mentioned before, I have happily lent my maternity clothes to probably 10 different people over the years. It’s all about sharing the love! Since I scored all my clothes for super cheap, it’s not a big deal if I don’t get something back or it gets worn out. In the same way, others have lent their clothes to me. If you are going to a wedding or a special event and need a dress, ask friends first. I have a wedding coming up and plan to do this. There is no reason to buy something that you will wear once. Free is best!
5. Consignment and Garage Sales. Right now is kids consignment sale season where I live! Most people don’t think to look at these sales for maternity clothes, but they are usually there! Just another place to score some high quality pieces for very cheap. I usually wait for the 50% off days because the consignment sales in my area tend to be more expensive than thrift store or even clearance prices. Another great place to find your pregnant fashion items is garage sales. These are harder to find, but if you hit just the right sale, it’s probably your cheapest option out of all of these! I just love garage sale season, don’t you?
6. Make Regular Clothing Work. My favorite thing to do is to buy regular clothing pieces that will work for maternity as well as post-partum. Don’t go easy on your budget here, though! You can still apply the same principles and find amazing deals on regular clothes but even get more bang for your buck by being able to wear the same pieces for months after the baby is born. I scored the a thrift store for about $5. I could tell it was really good quality, so when I got home I looked it up and found it’s originally from Anthropologie and retails for $90! It’s not maternity but works for being pregnant as well as just a flowy non-maternity top. I also love the long pocket V-necks from Target when they go on sale. They are great for both maternity and regular wear. Pair a long tank top under shirts to make them stretch longer.
So, there you have it! Never pay full price or spend a fortune on clothing you will only wear for a few months. Do you have any pregnant frugal fashion tips? I’d love to hear!
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