The holidays are stressful on a budget anyway, but add the dress-up clothes that your kids will wear to church, or school programs, or holiday parties to the list of things you need to buy, and the budget just gets tighter. And when you consider that these outfits will only be worn once or twice and probably won't fit the same child next year, it's hard to want to shell out a lot of money for them.
There are a few ways to find those fancy dresses and outfits, though, and spend a lot less money on them.
Consider handmade: Online shops are so popular for unique, personalized or custom children's items, but they can be pricey. If you have some sewing skill or know someone who does, finding a cute pattern and supplies to make your own outfits can really cut down on cost, especially if you already have some fabric on hand or can find it on sale.
Shop Black Friday deals: Department stores are awesome for sending out coupons and having great sales at the start of the holidays. This can be great for hard to find pieces, like boys' dress pants. Combine the coupons with the sales and you can get a fantastic deal on what you need (plus, all of those new, fancy ensembles will be on display!).
Second-hand: As I've mentioned before, online auctions and second-hand stores can be great places to find these kinds of items, especially since they're rarely worn more than a couple of times. You may have to dig a little to find just what you need, but it can be worth it to save the money. Start looking in the fall for the best chances.
Hand-me-downs: Find a friend or relative that has kids slightly older and hit them up for their nicer clothes. Chances are, they'll be thrilled to see them being put to good use again.
I absolutely love seeing my kids dressed up in their holiday outfits, but they are so not practical! Any way to save money on them is great, in my opinion.
How do you find bargains on fancy holiday clothes?