But back to clearance sales-- it works like this: you buy now for things you will need next year in the appropriate size for next year. Which means for kids, you purchase clothes a size or two bigger, depending on how fast they are growing. So, I bought Miss M's school clothes this past month to be saved for her school clothes next fall.
Miss M currently wears a size 6/7, so I am purchasing size 8 for next year.
+ 4 shirts
I already bought underwear (there was a coupon I used on the buy 1 get 1 free sale, so I bought (last winter) a package for her to wear now, and the 'free' package is for next year.) I just need to find a pair of jeans, a pair of heavy winter pj's and socks. Then she will be ready for her new school clothes next year.
I haven't had much luck with purchasing shoes ahead of time as her feet grow in funky spurts---but she has a grandma who loves to buy shoes as gifts!
One of my cousins shops for 3 kids. She recently spent $250 for their clothes, but saved over $1000! A friend of mine who I find is the QUEEN of clearance sales hasn't paid over $3 for a piece of any of her kid's clothing.
And Miss M is ready with her dresses too. I have 3 boxes for this coming year full of hand me downs from family and a couple of co-workers. And those were all free, which is even better.