This time around, I've tried to be just as frugal as we were with our first little man. We're trying to save as much as we can for the baby fund, while also building up our regular savings and paying down our car and home equity line debt. Part of this means saving what we can on maternity clothes.
I've been fortunate to be able to borrow maternity clothes from a few friends and family. I also had a few things left over that were my own from the first time around. I haven't been choosy about things, but willingly took whatever was offered to me. Some of it isn't my normal style, but if it fits and suits the occasion, I'll wear it.
My mom also generously purchased a few new to me things at the local consignment sale. These have been really nice to fill in the gaps from things that I've borrowed.
The only thing I've had to purchase this time around has been some compression tights and leggings. (Yea! for varicose veins in pregnancy.) I found a great website, Preggers by Therafirm to purchase them from that's been wonderful to work with, especially when we had to return a pair because they were obviously going to be too small a few months from now.
So, the basics for saving on maternity clothes:
Beg and Borrow
Don't hesitate to ask friends to borrow their stuff. I asked around at work and was able to score a few things too. Most maternity clothes are worn for such a short time that they're in really good shape. If pants are too long, you can temporarily tack them up with some simple stitches that you can remove when you return them. Take care of things, of course, because you'll want to return them in as good a shape as they were loaned to you.
Use Your Own Stuff
There are some of your regular clothes that will work and stretch, at least for the first two trimesters. I have several shirts, sweaters, and leggings that will be modified to work all the way through. Scarves and jewelry also allow you to personalize things that you've borrowed.
Purchase Used When Possible
Shop consignment or online (eBay, Twice, Thread Up, etc.) for used maternity clothes. I found a deal on a maternity coat for $10 at the consignment sale, which probably would be upwards of $40 or more new.
Expect the Unexpected
I never thought (or even really knew) that varicose veins would be an issue this time around. And compression hose, socks, leggings, tights, etc. are not cheap! But by finding a well designed product with great customer service, I've been happy and comfortable. We also found coupon codes to use, and shopped the sale items, to find items that would work for me. For example, I found that the tights with toes were way too tight and my toes really hurt by the end of the day. So, I found some footless tights and leggings through Preggers that worked for me.
I've probably spent about $50 in compression hosiery, but that's all we've spent out of pocket in terms of clothing this time around. By borrowing things and using what I already had, I'll make it through this pregnancy in comfort and well dressed. Do you have any tips for saving on mommy stuff during pregnancy? I'd love to hear from you!