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How much do you spend on your DCs clothes a year?

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5050not Fri 25-Sep-20 21:14:39

Just had to do some online shopping for DDs (2yo) winter wardrobe as she’s outgrown her last year stuff obviously. As always I have a serious bout of anxiety over how much I’ve spent (200, but that includes winter coat, rain coat and rain overall things) and wonder if it’s excessive. Probably do it 3 times a year (Early spring, summer and then winter) with some small bits in between.

I however probably spend less than £200 a year on clothes and shoes for myself grin (praise Depop)

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RosieLemonade Fri 25-Sep-20 21:16:17

I’ve spent £280 on DD’s clothes just this week. I take a lot of pride in how she looks and I can easily afford it. Shopping for her is my hobby.

molifly14 Fri 25-Sep-20 21:16:37

I have a DC the same age and probably
Spend the same. They need a new wardrobe every season at the minute!

Newchapter2020 Fri 25-Sep-20 21:17:02

We've just had to do a complete wardrobe over haul for the 11 year old and in total it cost around £450, she'll need more in the winter months aswell.

GoBackToPartyCity Fri 25-Sep-20 21:19:27

It quickly adds up! I’ve just spent £60 on 2 pairs of trainers, all last years winter stuff is too small so I’ve probably just spent £80 on a few jumpers and jeans. He’ll need a winter coat which will probably be another £30. I could have spent less but I’m a bit fussy about what I put him in.

Fatted Fri 25-Sep-20 21:22:49

Its bloody kids shoes that get me. I spent £50 each on my last lot of school shoes for DC. Last pair of shoes I bought myself were £20 in the sale!

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RayOfSunshine2013 Fri 25-Sep-20 21:27:54

Just done the ‘big shop’ as my 6 year old has grown out of the mountain of clothes he got just at the start of lockdown (approx £500), and this time round cost me about £300 but that’s without trainers at about £60-£90 a pair. Usually 3/4 times a year he needs a full wardrobe change so I’d estimate £1500 but that includes coats and stuff. No uniform included.

Could be done a lot cheaper obviously with places like next or supermarkets which are equally good quality but I usually choose him under armour, river island, Nike, Armani etc

MondeoFan Fri 25-Sep-20 21:28:46

£500 on summer wardrobe including sandals and swimwear and £500 on winter wardrobe including coat and boots.
Didn't have to buy any school uniform this September only shoes.

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Rustyspanners Fri 25-Sep-20 21:33:01

My DS is also 2. Probably spend £150-£200 twice a year. Spring ready for summer and then Autumn ready for Winter. That cost includes everything, clothes, coat, paddlesuit, shoes, wellies, socks, swimming trunks, PJs, etc. Get his stuff from Asda and Matalan usually.

Nomaj Fri 25-Sep-20 21:33:51

Hardly anything. We get a lot of hand me downs from friends/family and my kids are still young enough not to notice/be bothered by this.

My MIL is amazing and buys the kids schools shoes and trainers/sandals. My mum is also obsessed with buying the kids pjs so we have loads of those, she also likes to buy 2 sizes too big so they last for years grin

I might buy the occasional T-shirt or more specialised bits, like beach shoes or kit for clubs etc.

But not a lot.

MrsGrindah Fri 25-Sep-20 21:34:58

You put a 6 year old in Armani?!!,

Rustyspanners Fri 25-Sep-20 21:35:39

Oh and I probably spend £50 a year max on myself. Pant, socks and some new nighties at christmas! Maybe a pair of sandals in summer if mine are unwearable!

MuchTooTired Fri 25-Sep-20 21:38:58

For clothes, I’ve spent very little but I buy off of eBay, and resell their outgrown clothes so it all kind of balances out. I prefer dressing them in joules/boden/ted baker/next so would spend an eye watering amount if I bought new.

I only buy them new shoes though, and they average £30ish a pair from Clarks (with 10% twin discount for the second pair) and about the same on trainers each. I sell them on on eBay once they’re outgrown unless they’ve been trashed.

They’re 2.5 years old. I won’t always buy off of eBay for their clothes once they’re older and into fashion, but for now we’re happy and I’m saving for the later costs!

OhToBeASeahorse Fri 25-Sep-20 22:14:29

I do the same OP, I buy a haul twice a year. DS is 2 and in the last few weeks I have bought him:
5 x vests
5 x tops
4 x jumpers
5 x trousers
Dressing gown.

God knows how much I spent- shops were sainsburys, Next, Startrite and a bit of JoJo. When he was tiny I bought a lot of 2nd hand but 2by I found we just had loads of stuff because it all came in bundles and 2bh if I dont like stuff I dont put him in it.

We dont have family who buy him clothes really so it mainly falls on us. Dont feel bad, I think 200 sounds reasonable - ours was definitely more!

Ltdannygreen Fri 25-Sep-20 22:19:34

Depends, sometimes I buy slightly bigger tshirts and jumpers and they last 2 years.... if just been through all of her winter pyjamas and managed to save at least 5 pairs from slaughter so that saves me money. Her coat and rain jacket still fits from last year so will purchase new ones in the summer when they are on sale. DS on the other hand has to have clean pjs everrynight (he has asd) otherwise he did cost a fortune but as he hardly goes anywhere nowadays and when he’s at home he wear pj shorts or boxers her relatively cheap. Between both kids the last year including shoes I’ve spent around £300.

polkadotpixie Fri 25-Sep-20 22:24:27

Not that much, maybe £250 a year. I buy supermarket stuff/Primark/BNWT from eBay

I can't see the point in buying expensive designer stuff. He's 2 so he doesn't give a shit and he'll only get it covered in food/mud/paint anyway!

OhToBeASeahorse Fri 25-Sep-20 22:28:44

The 2 main questions for you should be
A).can I afford it
If yes...
B) do I want to afford it

I dont mind spending £15 on a jumper for DS. I can afford it and I think he looks lovely. I could afford more but personally I don't see that as good value.

The point I am making (badly!) is that you shouldnt feel bad about spending whatever you want on kids clothes if you can afford it.

Legoandloldolls Fri 25-Sep-20 22:35:21

Not quite that much. I dont buy any clothes except shoes and uniform full price. I buy lots second hand. I also buy lots from.Asda, sainsbury's and H&M. Kids still look very presentable mixing and matching with Joules and Boden.

I have also.made £700 this quarter selling their outgrown things on eBay. I live in expensive area so we have some decent designer bits pop up in charity shops.

H&M do really nice cheap things

SexyGiraffe Fri 25-Sep-20 22:38:36

£400-£500 (maybe a bit more) on DD aged 7. Not including school uniform. Most of her clothes are fairly cheap - supermarket, H&M, etc. get her decent shoes, coats, etc as needed.

OhToBeASeahorse Fri 25-Sep-20 22:43:25

@Legoandloldolls when you sell clothes do you find it's better to do it in bundles or individually? I am nearly due with DC2 and we have said no more so once each size is done we will be looking to get rid - if I could make a bit back I'd be pleased!

winetime89 Fri 25-Sep-20 22:55:48

No idea tbh. I think winter not that much though. There at school majority of the time so only need weekend clothes. used to buy a lot of things from Asda but have started buying mainly from sports direct/ jd. for winter they only need a handful of jumpers, trackie bottoms ect so cant imagine it costing loads.
Spend a fair bit more in summer though because of the six weeks holiday

Legoandloldolls Fri 25-Sep-20 23:04:08


*@Legoandloldolls* when you sell clothes do you find it's better to do it in bundles or individually? I am nearly due with DC2 and we have said no more so once each size is done we will be looking to get rid - if I could make a bit back I'd be pleased!

I sell them in bundles by size just under 1kg. If it's something brand new I would list it separately. I did find a few years ago it wasnt worth the hassle, but for whatever reason, it's all selling now. Price it low (£2 a bundle ) and it can go for more like £7.

I'm.trying to do it per season so got out dd winter clothes and sold the smaller bits now until end Oct. Then I will start again with Summer in April.

MotherWol Fri 25-Sep-20 23:08:23

Not that much, £250-£300 year (1 DD, 4yo). I mostly buy on eBay, usually Next, Boden, M&S. We get a fair few hand me downs from her cousins as well. Shoes are the expensive part, I don’t remember the last time I spent that much on shoes for myself!

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