So, you’re pregnant, and excited to start buying all those “cute” maternity clothes… that is, until you go to the mall and find out just how much the cute clothes are going to cost!
Here are a few tips on having a great maternity wardrobe without overspending. I’d love to hear what you’ve done to stretch the clothing budget for this special life event!
1. Wear regular clothes as long as you can.
I know, I know – especially if it’s your first child, you want the world to know you are pregnant so you break out the maternity clothes at two months when your baby is smaller than the nail on your pinkie finger and the uterus is maybe the size of a grape. ;)
But if you want to save money on maternity clothes, resist the urge to start wearing them before it’s really necessary. You won’t have nearly the selection of clothes you normally do and by the time you’ve been wearing the same two pairs of pants and four shirts for six months in a row you’ll be super tempted to go spend a bunch of money on new maternity clothes. That’s how wearing them too soon gets expensive!
2. Stretch your normal clothes as long as you can.
With Baby number four on the way, I finally purchased a Bella Band. You see, I’ve worn maternity clothes a lot over the past five years and I’m to the point that I’d really like to just wear “normal” clothes for awhile.
So, I bought the Bella Band from [amazon.com] using [swagbucks], of course, and I think I like it. I wouldn’t say it’s an essential, nor is it essential to buy the name-brand. I think Target carries one that’s an off-brand that’s supposed to be pretty good.
I’m not going to say the Bella Band is an essential – after all, I’ve had three kids without one! But, it has let me wear my jeans and pants longer. At 3 months I’m in half maternity pants and half normal pants with a Bella Band, just whatever happens to be clean!
I think the Bella Band would have been even more useful with my first pregnancy, when I didn’t have a muffin top and I didn’t start showing before I even took a pregnancy test.
Also, many body types can wear many non-maternity throughout pregnancy. Think high-waisted, flowly, stretchy, and long. There are many popular styles right now that work great for maternity, and they’ve even been around long enough that they’ve made their way to thrift stores! I bought a few new shirts for Baby #3, but none of them were maternity shirts. Buy a size larger if necessary, but you’ll be able to spend way less on shirts if you shop the non-maternity sections!
3. Skip the non-essentials.
Do you need a maternity coat when your baby is due in June? You’ll only be a few months pregnant during the cold winter months – will your belly have expanded enough to need a special coat? A maternity swimsuit? Think about how many times you’ll be sitting at the pool during the summer while pregnant and make sure it will be more than once or twice. That’s an awfully expensive swimming session or two!
At the very least, weigh these decisions carefully if you’re on a tight budget. Would it be better to spend $75 on a maternity coat, or buy 2 or 3 or 4 other pieces with that $75?
Or, if you need a special occasion maternity dress for just a one-time event, consider borrowing one from a friend. Chances are you could even thank them with $10 and you’d still be out way less than you would if you’d bought one.
4. Buy used.
A lot of maternity clothing at thrift stores…well, let’s just say it should have been put in the thrift store twenty years ago! But, there are still many nice items to be found at thrift stores. I’ve found several pairs of pants at Goodwill for $3.99, and now just make a habit of quickly glancing through the maternity rack when I’m there. It’s not a big selection, so it doesn’t take long, and quite often can be a great source of maternity attire.
You could also try Craiglist, eBay, and of course garage sales. I do own a maternity swimsuit because I got one for $2 at a garage sale!
A couple of friends have asked if there are any maternity consignment stores here in the Springs. I don’t know of any, but maybe some of you do?
5. Don’t buy clothes, buy accessories.
A few well-made, maternity basics can last a long time and look quite fashionable with the right accessories. Think about jackets and blazers that you can wear unbuttoned on top of a nice basic top, scarves and jewelry, etc. You can stretch your maternity staples far with some fun accessories that you’ll be able to wear after Baby’s born, too!
Some of these tips may be too extreme for you, or wouldn’t work with your body type, but I hope they’ve gotten you thinking about simple ways to save! Looking cute during pregnancy doesn’t have to break the bank at all.
What have you done to stretch your maternity clothing budget? Do you know of any maternity consignment stores here in the Springs?
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