In this crazy economic times we live in currently, and being a single income family, we are creative in how we save money. We have an only child, which means there are no hand-me-down clothes from older siblings and the cousins are all too close in age/size to share. We are really lucky to have a close friend who shares his hand-me-downs with us. Only 18 months apart, the two boys are best buddies and have a blast together. How lucky for us that once our buddy is done with his clothing my little guy gets to wear them! Some of them are even hand me downs from another cousin, so the clothes make for perfect play and school clothes, since they are well broken in!
It's nice to mix the old with the new. Some of the jeans we have inherited are great because they are softer than new jeans from the repeated washings. They work great with new tees or sweaters. We also have received snow boots, snow pants, snow suits and great coats, items that are not worn out at all! When we are done with them, the things we cannot pass on to others I either donate or sell at consignment, along with the items I have purchased. It's a great way to recycle clothing and to save money!