Maternity clothes are expensive. It hurts my little frugal heart to think about spending so much money on clothes that I will only wear for a short amount of time. Now that I am almost 7 months pregnant, I have realized how important it is to find cute, comfortable maternity clothes- without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips on how to save money on maternity clothes.
How To Save Money On Maternity Clothes
Buy A Few Staple Pieces
Spending a little more money up front on a few closet staples is a good idea. I purchased a few pairs of jeans from Target’s maternity line and have been comfortably wearing them for a few months now. A few other budget-friendly maternity clothing stores that I like are Old Navy (online only), Amazon (of course), and H&M.
Shop Used: Garage Sales, Thrift Stores, and Craigslist
I’m a huge fan of buying used anything, really, and buying used maternity clothes is a no-brainer. I started garage sale hopping around the 20 week mark and happened to go to a garage sale that had some really great maternity clothes. (If you want to go this route, I would suggest browsing through Garage Sales on Craigslist early Friday or Saturday mornings. Usually the listing will tell you what type of items they have for sale. If they are selling baby items then there is a chance that they will have some maternity clothes for sale too.) You can also find gently used maternity clothes at your local thrift stores and on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
If you have a friend or family member who has a bunch of maternity clothes that they need to get rid of then offer to take them off their hands. They will be happy that they no longer have the clothes taking up space in their closet and you will have some free maternity clothes. Win-win!
Shop Discount Clothing Stores
I’m a huge fan of resale and discount clothing stores, like TJ Maxx and Ross. I’ve discovered that Ross has a pretty decent maternity clothing section, with clothes averaging $10 each. (So, about half of what you’d pay at Target.) They update their stock frequently as well. I’ve found a good range of maternity clothing here: pants, shorts, shirts, and a dress for my baby shower. Highly recommend checking out your local Ross for some maternity clothing bargains.
Wear Your Pre-Pregnancy Clothes As Long As Possible
At first, I thought I could get by wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans and just adding a band to extend the waist. And it worked, for a while.
But one day I woke up and nothing fit anymore. So, I had to make a Target run and buy a few pairs of pants to get by.
I’ve been able to continue wearing some long/loose fitting pre-pregnancy shirts (usually with a tank top underneath). Now that I am in my third trimester, I have realized that I will probably need to invest in a few more maternity tops to cover this growing belly.
Be OK With Not Staying Up To Date On Clothing Trends
Don’t fall into the trap of seeing these super cute maternity clothes on Instagram and Pinterest and feeling the need to buy that exact look. I’m kind of in the middle when it comes to my personal style. I like to look cute but also be comfortable, so Target really is my go-to for a lot of clothes (maternity or not.) You will spend so much money if you try to keep up with the Joneses. (And if you shop at some of the more popular maternity clothing stores.) However, if this is important to you, consider a maternity clothing rental service such as the one offered by Le Tote. You will end up saving money by renting the clothes instead of buying all these new pieces.
I hope my tips on how to save money on maternity clothes will help you be a little more frugal in this exciting time. Just remember: this is temporary and you will be able to wear your cute, pre-pregnancy clothes in no time. And you can use all the money that you save on maternity clothes for new clothes after the baby is born (either for you or the baby… because baby clothes are so darn cute!)