I’m not quite to the point of needing maternity clothes, but I know that the day will come soon when my regular clothes no longer fit.
I’ve never enjoyed shopping for clothes, and I certainly don’t want to spend much money on items I’ll get to wear for just a short time.
Here are some ideas for saving money:
– Go through your closet and take a quick inventory of what you already have. Don’t forget to look at your husband’s clothes, too. Shane has some track pants and sweatshirts I’ll be able to use. I’ve grouped together loose-fitting tops and skirts that I should still be able to wear for awhile.
– Before shopping for anything, make a list of what you need. That way, you won’t be tempted by clearance sales or eBay deals and go overboard. I want a few pair of jeans, black pants, long-sleeved shirts, a few t-shirts for layering or for warmer days, a sweater or two, some button-up shirts, pregnant lady undergarments, and a few dresses, for example. I have yet to decide how many of these items I want to buy.
By sticking to my list, I should have enough outfits to get me through a variety of situations–from everyday wear to church to dinner out.
– Set a budget. Now that you know what you need to buy, you should be able to estimate how much it will cost. Not sure how much a pair of maternity pants will cost? Check a few online stores to see the going rate, and try to beat it.
Personally, I’m going to do my best to clothe myself for under $175–maybe even under $150 if I can find some incredible deals. I don’t want to spend much money on these clothes since I’ll just be in them a short while. I hope to have several children, so I might get some use out of these clothes again in the future (depending on the season), but I’d rather spend my money on things for the baby–or heck, even a babymoon :).
– Borrow from friends! If you have friends who recently had a baby, perhaps you can borrow some of her maternity clothes. I don’t know anyone who can loan me clothes, but that’s ok. I’ll just get to be the lender for when my friends need something!
– Consider using a “belly band” to allow you to wear your pre-pregnancy pants for a longer time. I bought one at Motherhood Maternity for just under $17.
– Go thrifting! You never know what you’ll find a good thrift store. Since inventory changes all the time, if you enjoy thrifting, you might want to make several visits to their maternity racks. So far, I haven’t had any luck finding decent maternity clothes at my area thrift stores. Everything has been incredibly ugly!
– Hit up clearance racks. So far, I’ve had some luck at Target and Old Navy. Both have clearance sections for their maternity lines. I picked up a black dress (I think it looks great as a non-maternity item, too!) for $7.48 and two 3/4 length cotton T shirts at Old Navy for $3.99 each. In Pennsylvania, you don’t pay sales tax on clothes. Yay.
I plan to make regular visits to these stores to find great items that have been significantly discounted.
–Decide where to splurge and where to save. If there’s one item of clothing I’m willing to spend a little more on, that would be a good pair of jeans. No frumpy mom pants for me, thankyouverymuch! I like a long inseam, which unfortunately can’t be found at stores such as Motherhood Maternity. Old Navy and Target might have long jeans, but the stores here don’t have their preggo jeans out yet. Old Navy online does have jeans with a long inseam, however.
– Try eBay. I’ve seen huge lots of clothing sell for a fairly reasonable price. Only bid if you like a majority of the clothes listed, and are confident you’ll be able to work them into your wardrobe. No sense in buying a 20-piece box of clothes if you only like five items.
Some people run eBay stores that offer maternity clothes NWT (new with tags). You can get some great deals here! Since you can’t return them to the seller because of a sizing issue, try to try on the item in a brick and mortar store first, if possible.
One of the Gap stores here in tahn carries the maternity line, and I plan to visit it soon to try on their pants. If I like them, then I’ll try to buy them on eBay. Many auctions are going for under $25 with shipping, which is a decent price, especially considering Gap jeans can cost up to $78 regular price! Twenty-five bucks is my price to beat, as that’s the price of Old Navy maternity jeans on sale right now.
– Don’t buy your wardrobe all at once. This is hard for me, because I just want to get it over with! However, I don’t know when my belly will “pop” and I don’t know how I’ll carry. I could carry low and compact, high and wide, or way stuck out there like a watermelon smuggler.
I’m going to shop for my clothes in a few stages: Things to get me started, things to fill in the gaps, and things to wear when I’m massive.
– Use MyPoints gift cards. I’ve earned a few gift cards from them so far and I almost have enough points to redeem a $25 gift card. I’ll probably get it for Target or Old Navy, but I’m leading toward Target since I’ll be able to use the card for other things in the store I might need (baby things, groceries, etc.).
Haven’t signed up with MyPoints yet? E-mail me so I can send you a referral link! I’ll get some points for that. Thanks!
– When buying online, use Ebates (or MyPoints, if it’s a better deal) to get some cash back on your purchase. Right now, you can get 4 percent cash back with Ebates at Target.com, 5 percent back at Motherhood Maternity online, and 3 percent cash back from Ann Taylor Loft.
With MyPoints, you can earn 5-10 points per dollar spent at Target.com, 4 points per dollar at Old Navy.com, and 2 points per dollar at Ann Taylor Loft, for example. If you’ve never made a purchase on eBay, you can get 500 points when you register and make a bid.
Got any tips to share?