Unless your family consists of triplets, quadruplets or quintuplets, chances are there are going to be clothes that older kids have outgrown that can be passed down to younger and smaller siblings. Pipkin, who has five children, says his family always utilizes hand-me downs. When that doesn't work, however, there's still no reason to pay full price for any clothing because thrift stores often have stylish and little-worn clothing. So does the Freecycle Network, a nonprofit Web site that provides a place for people to donate and snap up a wide range of free items, including clothing.
Carlson of InCharge Solutions says it's also possible to take the concept of Freecycle Network, which connects strangers, to your own network of friends and extended families. "You'll be way ahead of shopping at the mall if you do swap meets with friends for clothing and toys," she says.
Keep reading to see how driving a hard bargain can save your family cash.