I’ve lost count of the number of baby showers I've attended. Every time I go to buy a gift for the mommy-to-be, I’m reminded yet again of just how expensive it is to have a baby on the way.
For many of my mommy-to-be friends, they assume that they’ll need to embrace their "inner frump" so that they can afford all the infant supplies they’ll need. Luckily, a little research shows this is absolutely not the case! Here are nine ways to look amazing during your special maternity days and still have plenty of cash left over for the new baby!
1. Resale Maternity
If you like to shop for clothes online, you’ll love Resale Maternity—and not just for their fashions. You can find brand name clothes (Gap, Oh Baby, Old Navy, etc.) for under $10!
- Website: http://www.resalematernity.com
- Perks: Return for a full refund within 7 days and there’s free shipping on all orders over $50.
2. Upsize at non-maternity stores
Until you get into your third trimester (and even then with some of the new "stretchy" styles), many of my pregnant friends are finding that they don't need to shop specifically for "maternity" clothing. There are so many cute tunics, dresses and leggings that will work all the way up until your delivery date!
- Some great low-cost stores to check: Forever 21, Target, Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Old Navy, Gap, Kohl's and JCPenney.
3. Shop Goodwill
I can't count the number of fabulous maternity finds I’ve stumbled across browsing through my favorite Goodwill stores. The key with Goodwill is to pick your store by the neighborhood that surrounds it. I live in a fast-developing historic section of town that attracts a lot of young couples who are having kids. So my local Goodwill is always plentifully stocked with cast-off maternity fashions—many from top designers that cost just $10 or less!
- Find a Goodwill near you.
4. Buy a belly band
If you want to save even more, consider continuing to wear your same shorts, pants and jeans by just using a belly band. You can find a belly band for less than $20 on Amazon that will work with most of your pants and shorts.
- Shop belly bands on Amazon.
5. Borrow instead of buy at Mine for Nine
There’s something to be said for not stocking your wardrobe full of clothing you only really need for a few months of your life. Mine for Nine is a super-cool online swap site that lets you choose what you want to do—borrow or buy.
- Website: http://www.minefornine.com
- Perks: Place three orders and get 25% off your fourth order, join the email list for special offers, and get free shipping on orders over $75.
6. Rent your maternity clothes
Rent Maternity Wear offers a similar concept to Mine for Nine, but hones in on designer maternity wear. So if you have a special occasion on the horizon that you want something really fabulous for, you can get designer maternity wear for up to 75% off retail prices at Rent Maternity Wear.
- Website: http://www.rentmaternitywear.com
- Perks: Pay just $35+ for rentals up to 7 days, get a second dress size free, and the rental return shipping is free.
7. Shop online maternity outlets
Many maternity stores have online outlets where you can find the same stylish fashions for less cash. Plus, online stores often have special deals going that you can't find in stores (and let's face it, when your belly is growing daily, sometimes it’s more comfy to shop from home anyway!). Motherhood Maternity is a great example of this and if you have a brick-and-mortar shop nearby, you can even go in first to find out your size and then order it online for less!
- Website: http://www.motherhood.com/
- Perks: Free shipping for orders over $75, all inventory is regularly 20% off retail, and there are great clearance offers.
8. Check out Craigslist and eBay for maternity "clothing lots"
Of course, you can shop local garage sales too, but it can be even easier just to browse online "clothing lots" to find a collection of maternity wear that fits your stage and budget. Craigslist and eBay are great places to locate moms who are selling their maternity collection for a set price (and best of all, you can also haggle if you have a set budget!).
9. Bonus tip: Get cash back on your maternity clothes.
Once you’ve had the baby, consider getting your cash back by selling your maternity clothes.
Here are a few options:
- Your city's local consignment stores.
- Bundle your own clothing on eBay or Craigslist.
- Kid-to-Kid: http://kidtokid.com/how-it-works/how-to-sell/
- Belly Go Round: http://www.bellygoround.com/pages/sell-or-consign
- ThredUp: http://thredup.com
- LuLu Mommy: http://www.lulumommy.com