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to buy almost all DS's clothes from the supermarket?

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AKMD Thu 22-Sep-11 12:34:27

My friend thinks I'm a real cheapskate. Both our DCs are 18 months old (her's is a DD, mine's a DS) and we were talking about clothes, how they grow so quickly, get covered in mud/poo/orange and I told her I don't fuss about DS getting mucky because I buy all of his clothes from Sainsbury's/Asda/Tesco. She looked at me like this hmm and diplomatically told me that she thinks that is really tacky. I'm not offended at all (she wouldn't have known if I hadn't said, which I think proves my point) but the clothes I buy DS have all worn really well, are colour-fast, are made from quite nice, thick cotton and aren't emblazoned with Disney and slogans, so what's the problem? I think it's a criminal waste of money to buy clothes that look almost exactly the same from Boden or wherever and then worry about DC getting dirty through normal play and general existence, especially when they need a whole new wardrobe every 6 months anyway. When DS is older (and less likely to have food dribbling down his chin) I don't mind spending a bit more. AIBU?

grovel Thu 22-Sep-11 12:35:50


B52s Thu 22-Sep-11 12:35:57

I still do (mostly) and DS's are 2 and 4.

redskyatnight Thu 22-Sep-11 12:37:00

Well if you're a cheapskate I don't know what that makes me ... (18 month DS closed entirely from charity shops/hand-me-downs and ebay).

TheProvincialLady Thu 22-Sep-11 12:37:00

Your friend is a silly silly bint.

MorelliOrRanger Thu 22-Sep-11 12:37:03

Your friend is being a snob. smile

Small children aren't in the clothes long and if you can spend £5 on a jumper instead of £20 then you are being sensible IMO.

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Thu 22-Sep-11 12:38:36

YANBU but then I would say that. both DD and DS are decked out in Asda's finest most days. Couldn't give a flying fuck what other people think of that.

And you're right. The clothes do wash well. So there.

itisnearlysummer Thu 22-Sep-11 12:38:40


When my DS was younger a lot of his clothes came from supermarkets and s H&M.

If you have the money to spend and enjoy shopping and buying clothes for your DCs, then fair enough.

Although, IME, it some parents seem to think that the amount of money they spend on their children is directly correlated with how much they love them. And then apply that to everyone else also.

GodKeepsGiving Thu 22-Sep-11 12:38:55

YANBU. More like sensible and thrifty. We do this too and accept all hand-me-downs. It helps when you are saving for teenager's desires and is also a good example. However, I suppose people do have different priorities though, but in times of austerity you are absolutely justified.

LiegeAndLief Thu 22-Sep-11 12:40:26

I am starting to panic now that ds is in 5-6 sizes and our local Sainsburys doesn't seem to do much past 3-4. Time to venture into Asda living...

Of course YANBU. I have friends who wouldn't dream of buying clothes from the supermarket, but they have loads of cash, and don't look down on me (or at least not openly!). One has passed down all her lovely dd's clothes to my dd, so have spent even less money on her smile

BranchingOut Thu 22-Sep-11 12:42:27

YANBU - your friend was quite rude to make that comment.

On the other hand, I do buy a lot of my son's clothes from places like Boden and don't think there is anything wrong in that. They do wear really well, are generously sized and I have loved seeing him in them.

Also, in fairness, I live in central London so am not really near the larger branches of supermarkets that sell clothing.

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Thu 22-Sep-11 12:42:32

YANBU - no point spending a lot of money on kids clothes plus supermarket ranges now are really good.

Cheapskate my arse, your mate is a twit smile

2BoysTooLoud Thu 22-Sep-11 12:42:57

YANBU. Hand me downs and Tescos for us. [Your friend would look down on me as it is Tescos mainly for my clothes too].

Sirzy Thu 22-Sep-11 12:43:28

You buy clothes from where you are happy with them. If you want to spend £30 on a top that will last 6 months more fool you that's your choice! If you spend £2 for a t shirt -- more sensible-- again your choice!

suburbandream Thu 22-Sep-11 12:44:15

I buy most of MY clothes from the supermarket, not just the DCs'!! grin

AKMD Thu 22-Sep-11 12:46:32

Oh good, I was starting to think I was up there with Little Britain.

I'm not a reverse-snob at all. If people want to spend £150 on a plain white Ralph Lauren babygrow, I might think they are a bit bonkers but as long as the baby is allowed to do things a baby would normally do, it's up to them (as long as they don't start boasting about it, because that is very irritating). It's people decking out their crawling girls in designer dresses and then watching while the baby keeps crawling over the skirt and tripping themselves up so their noses dink the floor, or who would want that £150 babygrow to stay white at all costs, who make me wonder.

mardarse Thu 22-Sep-11 12:47:52

YANBU, just sensible I'd say.

Most of DD's clothes are Sainsbury's when there's a third off. We're not exactly "flush" and I don't see the point in spending more on clothes that end up covered in food, paint and dirt. Besides, I think the supermarkets have some good stuff and they seem to last and wash well.

Graciescotland Thu 22-Sep-11 12:49:39

I live abroad at the moment and I would love to pop to the supermarket for clothes smile So expensive buying everything from clothes shops. €5 for a long sleeve vest from H&M. I used to buy a pack of 7 for a fiver!

ThePumpkinKing Thu 22-Sep-11 12:50:14

Ha ha - YANBU!

My first thought on reading the thread title was 'but where else can you buy them shock


Pagwatch Thu 22-Sep-11 12:50:34

No. Yanbu

I don't buy from supermarkets because I am never in supermarkets.
But the clothes are fine.
Certainly better than primark <<bluerg>>

I buy dd loads of stuff because I do. But telling other people what they should do is daft. Your friend is silly

ladyintheradiator Thu 22-Sep-11 12:50:54

Your friend said it's tacky? Good friend?

AKMD Thu 22-Sep-11 12:56:11

Very good friend. Would be a perfect friend apart from this on hang-up, and I can easily forgive her that.

AKMD Thu 22-Sep-11 12:56:23


TheCrackFox Thu 22-Sep-11 12:58:11


She sounds like an idiot and incredibly crass. There is a huge recession on and most people are doing their best just to get through it, perhaps suggest that she reads a paper or watch the news occassionally and take her head out of her arse.

BlueGeranium Thu 22-Sep-11 12:59:09

Me too, suburbandream. In fact, I think the supermarkets do some really nice stuff now.

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