Finding appropriate maternity wear does not have to be a chore. It can actually
be just as fun as shopping for any other types of clothing. But there are a few
things that you should do to make the process of shopping for maternity wear a
whole lot more enjoyable and save yourself some money.
Before you even begin
shopping, set aside sixty minutes to help you find maternity wear for less. The
time that you spend on this will save you aggravation and money in the long run.
So take your time. Just be honest with yourself. And above all, be realistic.
Determine exactly what you need. You will learn that when shopping for
maternity wear what you need and want will be different, just like your needs
and wants will be different when shopping for your regular clothes. Keep in mind
that the impulsive want purchase of maternity apparel is much more costly than
the impulsive buy of regular clothes because you will only wear maternity
clothes for a short period of time.
Take an inventory of your wardrobe to see what clothes you already have. Is
there anything that you can use until mid-pregnancy? Regular pants or even your
stretch pants with elastic waists can often be worn well into your pregnancy.
Look through your closet to see if any of the clothes you have inventoried can
be worn through your entire pregnancy. Things like oversized t-shirts work well
throughout your whole pregnancy, even if you just wear them while lounging
around at home. Raid your spouse's closet for bigger shirts and pants.
Ask friends and relatives if you can borrow any of their maternity wear. Once
you have completed steps one through five, you will have a small selection of
maternity wear you can put on throughout your pregnancy. Now you need to
reevaluate what you still need. Based on what you still want, determine how much
money you have to spend. Be realistic and practical. And remember that maternity
clothes usually cost more than regular clothes.
Save some money on the maternity wear you still need by visiting garage
sales, flea markets, consignment stores, and even online classified ads for
gently used maternity clothing. Again, reevaluate what you still really need.
You will probably still have a few requirements for your closet. Do not waste
money on items such as maternity underwear since you can usually get away with a
larger size of your regular style. Take the time to comparison shop. Comparison
shopping is the only way that you will get the best deals on your maternity
clothes. Check local stores, catalogues, and the internet.