5 Ways to Save Money on Maternity Clothes

Some women embrace pregnancy as a time to shop ‘til they drop. Even before they start buying things for the baby –  fashion, furniture, gear, oh my! – they start buying for themselves, especially clothes.

If I had a ton of extra money or planned on having a whole pack of children, I might stock up on quality/designer maternity clothes that would make me look and feel awesome. But since I don’t have a ton of extra money and will stop at 2 kids, I’m definitely a fan of saving money on a wardrobe I’m only going to wear for a few months.

Here are my 5 favorite ways to save money on maternity wear:

1. eBay. I’m not a big eBay shopper, but I found a great deal on one “lot” of maternity clothes: a dozen cute tops for under $100. If you don’t want to give up wearing name brands just because you’re pregnant, this is a good place to find them for less.

2. Consignment and thrift stores. Ask around or check online for local stores that sell used maternity clothes. I’ve found a few places that specialize in consignment clothes and gear for babies but also have great selections of maternity stuff.

3. Discount department stores. Think TJMaxx, Ross, and Kohl’s, or even trendier stores like Old Navy and H&M. For places that don’t have dedicated maternity sections, look in the regular areas for stretchy and roomy pieces like cardigans, camis, maxi dresses, and even mini-dresses that can be scrunched up to look like long shirts.

4. Craigslist. Work it two ways: (a) Buy used maternity items at a discount from a local seller (or for NO COST via sites like Freecycle) and/or (b) Sell your own maternity stuff on Craigslist once you’re done with it.

5. Hand-me-downs! Family, friends, coworkers and people you know online and trust with your home address are a great source for gently used maternity items. Bonus points if you can give it all back when you’re done, so you don’t have to store them in your attic until your next pregnancy.

Anyone else have tips for building a maternity wardrobe without breaking the bank? How do you save money clothing your pregnant bod?