When you’re budget in Maternity stage, how can you affort in all the clothes? Normally, women might just go into early labor when you look at the price tags in boutique maternity clothing stores. Who can afford that swag, especially for a piece you’ll only wear for a few months?
1. Rent it, babe
Why buy when you can rent? MineforNine is an online store that rents out high-end maternity clothing for short periods of time. If you have to go to a wedding or graduation, or have a really important presentation at work, it makes a lot of sense to just rent the perfect maternity outfit instead of buying it.
2. Sew your own
You’d be surprised by how simple it is to sew maternity clothing staples — like a ruched T-shirt, tunic dress or stretchy pencil skirt. With the right materials, homemade maternity clothes can save you a bundle. Try your hand at sewing by checking out All Free Sewing for super cute maternity patterns.
3. Keep your clothes on
Figure out how to transition your own pieces into your pregnancy wardrobe — either by using extenders like the Bellaband, or making slight tweaks to turn your items into maternity clothes. With this approach, you may not even have to buy maternity clothing until well into your second trimester.
4. Check out high-end resale
These aren’t your mama’s thrift shops. High-end resale shops, like the the Saver’s family of thrift stores, carry really nice clothing at a great price. Items are gently used, so you can buy with confidence that you’ll be looking good.
5. Trade and borrow
Hey, there’s no shame in borrowing from a friend or trading back and forth. You don’t even need to limit your requests to pregnant friends or new moms. Instead, scour your bestie’s shelves for normal clothing that can double as maternity clothing, to give your wardrobe a fun boost of energy when you’re sick of the same outfits.
6. Use your coupon savvy
Several popular retailers — like VeeMall — carry maternity clothing. Unfortunately, these items can prove budget-breaking without a little coupon savvy. When you find out you’re pregnant, sign up for promotions at each store to receive valuable coupons in the mail, and use them on maternity clothing discounts. You can also check out Target’s coupon database, since the site often carries coupons for maternity clothes.
7. Scour online clearances
Old Navy is well-known for its online maternity clothing clearances. Sure, it’s a little risky because you can’t try the items on — but a $6 maternity T-shirt? It’s worth taking a chance.
Budgeting tip: Don’t go nuts buying cute stuff the second you find out you’re pregnant — instead, wait to see how your belly grows, and buy as you go.