Are you a mom or dad looking for ways to save money? Are you searching for ways to reduce your family’s clothing costs and your own consumer mentality while also preserving the planet? As a mom of a 7 month old baby, I know I am constantly looking for ways to save money while reducing waste and recycling as much as possible. I call this method “raising a green baby.” Below are some of my favorite tips to reduce spending in an eco-friendly way, so that, at the end of the day, we have money for things that really matter.
Buy used and save the difference. As a new mom wanting to raise a green baby, I have learned that buying used not only meets my environmental preferences, but it has allowed our family to save considerable amounts of money. I have found brand name, almost new baby clothes for bargain prices. My daughter has an amazing wardrobe that cost us pennies on the dollar. Not only are we saving money and recycling, but we are also reducing carbon emissions. According to the National Institutes of Health, “fashion leaves a pollution footprint, with each step of the clothing life cycle generating potential environmental and occupational hazards.”
Check your local Goodwill. Before my daughter was born, a good friend gave me a tip: check Goodwill! And, I did. I was impressed that Goodwill, at least the one in my town, is full of incredible merchandise. A step up from my happy memories of thrift store shopping in high school and college, our local Goodwill has an amazing selection of beautiful clothes that are nearly new. And, shopping at Goodwill or any number of other nonprofit clothing shops also does something else: it encourages others to recycle, it creates jobs in the local economy and it gives to an amazing cause.
Shop eco-friendly children’s clothing retailers online. Although full-price eco-clothes can be pricey, if you hit a sale or clearance day with an eco-friendly online retailer, the payoff can be incredible. I have saved 70%, 80%, or even 90% when checking eco-friendly clothing websites regularly. You may want to sign up for their Facebook page or newsletter to get deals regularly.
Check with family and friends. If you are a new parent or pregnant and have a baby on the way, you would be smart to check with family and friends for their used baby clothes. You will be amazed, once you start asking, how many beautiful clothes, toys, blankets, and cribs are lurking in closets, basements and storage units!
Go to garage sales. Garage sales are a must for many families with small children. You can find everything a baby could need, if you are willing to search and arrive early.
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