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How to Raise a Large Family on a Budget


Savvy Thrift
Hand-me-downs are a great way to keep gently used clothes in the family.
Hand-me-downs are a great way to keep gently used clothes in the family.
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"All of my kids either share clothes or hand them down," said Dawn Bunn, who's raising three teen girls and three elementary-aged boys. "I don't buy them much. They mix and match what they have."

When replacement clothes become necessary, discount stores offer serious price cuts on off-season or slightly imperfect clothing, including designer items. Thrift stores are another great option for gently-used designer clothes, as well as books, games, puzzles, small appliances, cookware and furniture. Some states even hold tax holidays on back-to-school shopping, so you'll save a little more then.


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