Knowing how to save money on maternity clothes can seem impossible. When I was pregnant, I dreaded growing because I’d have to spend money on clothes I’d only wear a short time. Thankfully, I had help from family and friends who are savvy shoppers and knew how to cut corners when it came to maternity clothing.
Below are some ways to save money on maternity clothes so you aren’t breaking the bank before baby arrives!
How to Save Money on Maternity Clothes
1. Don’t buy them until you need them. In the excitement of being pregnant, many women go out and buy maternity clothes as soon as they find out they are pregnant. Many times, even with 2nd pregnancies, you won’t know how big you will get or how you will carry, so buy it only as you need it.
2. Buy some basic pieces that could be used after you give birth such as long tanks and tees, leggings, yoga pants and so on. That way, you can save money on maternity clothes and get more wear out of them.
3. Shop in the plus sized section. You may be able to find some things that look flattering for less. This is especially true in places that sell department store clothes with better cuts like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.
4. Shop consignment. Some baby and children’s consignment shops have a small section for maternity wear. You can get name brand or even designer maternity clothes for very low cost and since consignment shops inspect the items before agreeing to take them in as inventory, you will know they are of good quality. There are even maternity clothing shops popping up!
5. Go thrifting! Many thrift stores have a whole section just for maternity clothing. You can often find name brands like Motherhood Maternity in there as well. Thrift shopping is a great way to save money on maternity clothes.
6. Go “shopping” in your own closet. There are many pieces of clothing in most women’s wardrobes that will work for most of your pregnancy. Maxi skirts, empire waist tops and dresses and stretchy tanks are good for most of the pregnancy. There is no need to buy specific maternity types of these items.
7. Shop in any store, just pay attention to style. If it is flowy, stretchy or loose, it will work. This means you can avoid specialty shops and sections and pay more for something very similar and may be able to find stuff on clearance at end of season sales. Just buy something a size or two bigger than you would normally wear in next year’s stuff. For instance, at the end of the winter (think early to late spring), buy a coat that is roomy if you will be very pregnant during the winter next year.
8. Invest in a belly band or make one yourself with some elastic and a couple buttons. These handy inventions allow you to wear you pre-pregnancy jeans and pants throughout most of your pregnancy by giving you extra room at the waist.
9. Don’t be afraid to ask for any of your friend’s help. If you have friends that just had a baby, ask them if they still have some maternity pieces they can let you borrow.