How to save money on maternity clothes
There comes a time in every pregnancy when those pants won’t slide above that belly.
No matter how much you wiggle, twist and pull it just isn’t happening. Yep, it’s time for those maternity clothes. Maternity clothes are not cheap either. Buying a whole new wardrobe that will only be around for the next few months may seem like a total waste of money. Unfortunately, it’s something you can’t get away with skipping. I managed to end my pregnancy only spending a small amount on clothes. There are some great ways to save that may not have crossed your mind yet. After spending less than $100 on my maternity wardrobe, I want to share with you all.
First things first…the goodwill!
The first thing I did when I started running out of room in my waistline was go to goodwill. I wasn’t ready for maternity sizes yet but a size or two up definitely got me through a couple of months. I only bought a few pair of work pants though. Two or three pair of work pants at $3 or so apiece got almost halfway through my pregnancy.
You have to have a belly band!
The next purchase I made(and this one was my absolute favorite!!) was my belly band from target. This is a stretchy band that you can pull up over the pants you already have that just won’t button or zip anymore. This was perfect for my jeans! Plus, even if you see the bottom of it under a shirt it just looks like a cami. I have a black and white one. I wore both of these all the way to the end of my pregnancy and then some! They may seem a little costly, but they are worth every penny! My black one came from target for about $16. After I fell in love with that one I scored my white one at a consignment sale for $4! Oh and ladies these are great even after you aren’t pregnant anymore too!
Consignment! Consignment! Consignment!
Which brings me to the next deal…consignment sales! There are tons of children’s consignment sales in my area. Maternity clothes may may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a children’s consignment sale, but they are always their! They are always cheap as well. This is where most of my maternity wardrobe came from. My mom was actually the one that got them for me. I had 3 pair of black work slacks, one pair of perfect fitting jeans, and 1 pair of khaki pants. This was plenty to get me through my pregnancy. They were only a few dollars a piece as well! Score!
Stretchy waist = must have!
I did work full time during pretty much all of my pregnancy so those few pair of pants I listed above were by no means all I wore. I had plenty of non maternity pants with a stretchy waist. You know, things like leggings, skirts or the ever so popular boho pants. If you don’t have clothes like this that you can work into your maternity wardrobe buying them now means you will have them for a while. These kind of clothes won’t get packed away with the rest of your maternity clothes. I’m all about comfort so this was already what half of my wardrobe consisted of. All of my clothes like this were worn under my belly instead of going over it like the ones with the maternity band do.
Stick to the basics
When I started getting gigantic I did finally run into the shirt problem. Yep, they barely covered the belly anymore, forget making it past my waistline. It was time for the maternity shirts too. As tempted as I was to buy all the cute tops for my growing bump I resisted. Keeping it basic is a big money saver. I bought solid colored fitted t-shirts in short and long sleeves. I just stuck to the only discount store in my area that had a maternity section; Ross. Remember, you will only be in them a few months so buying top quality $50 t-shirts just is not practical. YOu can pair the solid tops with your favorite accessories, scarves, belts, vest, sweater, ect. That $5 maternity t-shirt you bought just made you a ton of outfits from things you already had.
Camis are the best!
Buying longer cut camis instead of maternity camis. I usually get cheap camis from forever 21 for a few dollars each. Before my pregnancy I only wore the shorter cut but I my belly grew I needed some more fabric. I tried the longer cut one(for the same price). I liked it so much better than the one maternity I already had. There was no thick seam on the side that gathered to add more fabric in front. It was actually comfortable. My due date was in December so as I got bigger and the weather got colder the layers got thicker. Having a thick cami under a shirt and then sweater was no fun. Plus they go great now with my leggings and a tunic! I didn’t have to pack them away with the maternity clothes.
One last really great way to score cheap second hand maternity clothes is through social media. This is the only route I didn’t take but wish I had. There are some really great facebook pages out there for moms buying and selling great quality stuff. You always have to make sure you’re being extra safe these days though. Never go alone and always meet in a public place. One pro with facebook is that you can see a picture and sometimes a profile of who you’re meeting. Craigslist always has stuff for sale as well, but I only attempt to buy with it’s a deal I can’t pass up.
Keep them for baby #2
One of the most cost effective things you can do if you are planning on having another child is to pack them away for next time. Maternity clothes are only worn for such short amount of time. They usually stay in great shape and makes them one of the best things you can buy second hand because . Giving them a second life and keeping as much money in your wallet is a win-win! I’d love to hear about your money saving strategies during pregnancy too!
Are you excited about getting a new wardrobe for cheap?
See, I told you maternity clothes don’t have to be expensive! When you shop second hand, keep the wardrobe basic, buy things you can wear post baby and don’t forget that belly band you can definitely maternity shop on a budget! Oh! and Preparing for a baby on a budget can easily be done too! Happy shopping!