Jessie and I must be money soul mates. The first sentence of the following guest post is one of my life statements! If you’re pregnant, heed her advice.
I don’t really enjoy spending money on anything. I’d think most of you would agree with me there. Our hard-earned cash flies so frequently out of our bank accounts toward bills, groceries, housing, and necessities. Although I love nice clothes, most of my wardrobe comes from the thrift store, where I can hunt some quality pieces for decent prices.
One thing I REALLY hate to spend money on, though, is maternity clothes. A) They get worn for about four or five months, total. B) They are almost all unflattering. C) By the time you are done being pregnant, you’re so tired of these clothes you want to light them on fire.
Thankfully, there are ways to get maternity clothes for cheap. Here are some of the tactics I’ve used for my pregnancies!
- Let a relative buy them for you. Thanks, Mom, for much of my maternity wardrobe from my daughter! I worked full-time, so I really did need some nicer things. Mom was an excited first-time grandma, and my burgeoning belly had some lovely fashions.
- Thrift stores. Often hit-or-miss, but several bigger thrift stores have a maternity section. Always worth a peek inside. I lucked out and found two pairs of maternity capris at a local, small thrift shop before it was really capri weather (or I needed maternity clothes). Off-season, the Gap and Motherhood pants were priced at $3.50 each!
- eBay. I will be the first to tell you I think eBay has gotten overpriced in the tough economic times, but occasionally you can find a few good items for next to nothing. Do a search for “maternity lot” in your size and see what comes up.
- Consignment sales have been my best bet when it comes to finding great maternity clothes for pennies on the dollar. I desperately needed some casual, summer clothes and hit the jackpot at a very large sale here in Chattanooga. I even found some items with tags still on for $2-$3. Shop half-price day if you’re really in a financial bind (or just really cheap, like me!). There is always some good stuff left.
- Borrow from friends. And then lend on, after your bundle of joy is born. Maternity clothes are so much more forgiving, if you can find a friend who is even sort of your size, it should work.
- Adapt your regular clothes. A maternity tank top matched with a regular cardigan or jean jacket helped me through much of my first pregnancy! Pants and skirts with elastic waistbands can transition with you, as well as empire-waist dresses. Being a plus-size gal, I can often find clothes at Lane Bryant that are cut like maternity on their clearance racks for much less than I would pay at a maternity specialty store. And if you’re at at-home mom, a pair of yoga pants and a big tee will get you through those days you really don’t want to get out of bed … not that I have those, of course.
Do you have any other tips for saving on maternity wear?
Jessie is a stay-at-home mom in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she runs after her toddler daughter while trying to maintain a freelance writing/editing career and her blog, Vanderbilt Wife. She is expecting her second child, a son, in December.
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