1. Paying Retail
When you need to buy clothes, the worst thing you can do for your wallet is pay full price. If you go to a clothing store, head straight for the sales or the clearance rack. You may be amazed at what you find. Furthermore, if you have never been thrifting before, now may be a great time to start checking out your local thrift stores. Many thrift stores only stock quality, lightly used items, and buying used clothes is much better for the environment than new ones.
If you (or your kids) balk at the idea of thrifting, one trick is to give yourself a budget of how much you might ordinarily spend on clothes and take that amount to the thrift store. You will be amazed at how far those dollars can stretch. You can also look for consignment stores, which only stock very high-quality merchandise but at a steeply discounted rate.