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You’re sure to agree with many other parents that your life simply wouldn’t be the same without kids. They breathe so much joy into our lives, and give us such a great sense of purpose, it’s sometimes hard to remember our lives before we had kids. As wonderful as parenthood is, there’s one major drawback: it’s a lot of work! Now that the days are rapidly getting warmer and longer, here are some smart shopping tips for your kids’ summer clothes.
Look Through your Kids’ Wardrobe Before Setting Off
Remember that young kids still don’t have the best grasp on the value of a pound, or how hard you have to work for the various things you buy them. They’re also not all that interested in the clothes they have at home. You don’t want to come back from a big shopping trip, then go to put their new clothes away, and discover that you’ve wasted your money on several duplicates, or that you haven’t bought nearly enough in the way of what your kids actually need for the summer. Always have a quick look through before heading out to the shops. You don’t want to spend the money for a Burberry swimsuit twice, or go on holiday with no swimwear at all!
Take your Kids’ Measurements
If you have a child who’s a little outside the average in terms of height or weight, then you’ll know how tough it can be to find clothing for them that fits. This can be made even harder if, like most kids, your children aren’t too thrilled about the idea of trying on shirt after shirt after shirt! The easiest way around this is buying a cheap tailor’s measuring tape, taking your children’s measurements, and then taking them with you on your big shopping trip. After writing down your kids’ measurements, you can compare these against the stores’ sizing charts, which are usually accessible online.
Browse the Website in Advance
Before you round everyone up and get them in the car, it’s generally a good idea to spend a while looking at the stores’ websites, and getting clued up about the styles that are in stock, their prices, and any sales or offers that are on. A lot of clothes shops run discounts that aren’t advertised in store, and doing this research can save you a small fortune!
Re-evaluate Purchases Before the Tags Come Off
In all the stress of clothes shopping with kids, a lot of people will find that their decision-making abilities go completely out of the window, and after reaching the counter, all you want is to get out of the store as soon as possible! Once you’re home, lay out everything you’ve got from your haul, and evaluate each item, deciding what works for your kids and what doesn’t. If there’s anything you decide you don’t like, it can go straight back into one of your bags, with any tags and receipts, so that they can be returned or exchanged the next opportunity you get.