The following is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.
As you move further along in your pregnancy, the need to purchase new clothing will be necessary. Naturally, you want to find fashions that flatter your growing figure. However, sometimes finding a balance between comfort, fashion, and affordability can be a battle. It seems you find clothes that are stylish, but they cost an arm and a leg, while the cheaper clothing options are less attractive. Luckily, there are solutions that will allow you to look your best without breaking the bank.
- Purchase Pre-owned Maternity Clothes
You’re only going to be pregnant for the next few months, so spending a ton of money on something you won’t get much wear out of is kind of useless. With the exception of staple pieces that you feel like you “must have,” you can opt to purchase your maternity clothes from an online consignment shop. Check out the site swap.com/maternity-apparel for a good example of your options.
- Ask a Friend or Family Member
If you know someone who was recently pregnant, chances are they have some maternity clothes lying around that you could make use of. Ask if you can either have or purchase their maternity clothes from them.
- Check Yard Sales
Yard sales can be a great place to find great deals on maternity clothing. Since the clothes are really only needed for a few months, many women will put them up for sale after they’ve had their baby.
- Purchase “one size fits all” clothing.
If you want to make the best of what you have, then purchasing clothes that are “one size fits all” or that can adjust with your size can save a lot of money. For instance, purchasing a few t-shirts and utilizing your leggings is a great way to save on the need to purchase maternity pants. Oversized sweatpants or elastic waist pants are another option as they can adjust as your belly grows.
- Match Sales with Coupons
Another way to save money is to match sales with coupons. There are a ton of online coupons you can print and coupon codes you can use to receive discounts. As you view the various sales offered at your favorite retailers, try to purchase things on sale that you have a coupon for to capitalize on your savings.
- Go Up a Size or Two
Maternity clothing can sometimes be pricey because it’s a specialized product. Instead of actually purchasing maternity wear, you can simply purchase clothes that are a size or two too big. This will give you room to grow into them and will also save you money.
- Use Belly Bands
Your pants are likely one of the first things to stop fitting once you become pregnant. While “mom jeans” can be great for comfort, they will also set you back a few bucks. A great option to save money on maternity pants would be to utilize belly bands. They are a neat apparatus that allow moms to wear their pants unbuttoned, providing them with a little extra room to grow.
- Make Your Own
If you’re savvy with a sewing machine, then what better way to save money on maternity clothes than to make your own? There are easy to follow patterns and affordable material that will still cost a lot less than purchasing brand new clothes from a maternity store.
Some women will tell you the cheapest thing to do is to wear your husband’s big t-shirts and call it a day, but where’s the fun in that? Pregnancy is supposed to be a beautiful time in a woman’s life and she should be able to dress accordingly. Whether you work or stay at home, when you step out of the house you want to feel great, and using the above tips, you can!