Posts tagged with "saving-money"

August 24, 2019

5 Laundry Tips that Make Your Clothes Cleaner Without Making More Work for You

We Got the Dirt on Laundry Know-How

When you’ve got kids, those piles of dirty clothes and linens just keep on comin’! Feel like you need to up your laundry game to stay on top of it all? Laundry is one of those things we feel like we could always do better, but we don’t want to spend any more time on – you’re with us, right?!

With the goal of cleaner clothes in mind, we turned to an expert. Mama of four and Kids on 45th superfriend Mindy McNally is a gardener, teacher, and blogger extraordinaire who was happy to share with us her top tips on tackling the laundry monster.

1. Use felt balls: Skip the dryer sheets (they’re full of chemicals) and throw a couple of these in your dryer to have clothes dried and fluffed in less time.
2. Add vinegar: Fill a downy ball halfway and throw it into your wash for cleaner clothes.
3. Don’t skimp on the scent: Mindy recommends Gain Fireworks for a pleasant laundry fragrance.
4. Make ironing easier: If you do a lot of ironing, you want it to be as quick and easy as possible. Spray clothes with wrinkle releaser spray right out of the dryer and hang them up immediately, then steam them at one time or as you need them.
5. Get the ultimate stain remover: Mindy swears by a stain-removing product called Bunch of Farmers for removing her kiddos’ toughest stains.

Thanks, Mindy! You’ve totally inspired us to up our laundry game.

Here’s our tip: Folding laundry isn’t many people’s favorite thing – but it can do double duty as an inventory-check of what your kiddo has grown out of. Grab a bag, and toss in anything that is due for a donation. Bonus: one less thing to fold! Once you know what they’ve grown out of, you can grab a new bundle of clothes for them in that next size up.

August 24, 2019

Brilliant Back to School Tips from Real Moms

We asked two mom bloggers to share their top back-to-school tips. From having the best homeschool year ever to saving money on back to school, these mamas have insight to spare

Money-Saving Back to School Supply Shopping Tip from Melanie @sweetfrugallife

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Mom to three Melanie shares her amazing live-well-and-save-money tips at @sweetfrugallife and on her blog (check out her review of us!). Faced with back to school expenses (kiddos are expensive!), we asked her for tips on saving money in the new school year. She dropped this genius tip on us and we had to share:

Shop your house first!

“This can be a really expensive time of year when you’re trying to buy all those school supplies. I follow the rule to shop your house first. Before you ever even consider going to the store, see what you have laying around your house – it can be used! – for the back to school list. I try to keep all back to school supply options in a box -so when the school supplies list comes, we check it and also desks, drawers, and closets to find whatever you can to fit the back to school supply list before you ever go to the store.”

Such a brilliant idea, thanks, Melanie! Loving that she suggested going with used before new too ;)

Looking for another amazing way to save on back to school? Let us Build a Box for you – for all your kiddos’ back to school clothes – 20-90% everything your kids need now.

Homeschooling like a Boss - tip from Kayla @mommygazelle

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Travel nurse and mom of two Kayla (on Instagram as @mommygazelle) is sending her daughter off to kindergarten this year – in her kitchen! Kayla and her kiddo are homeschooling, and although she’s feeling some pressure from that decision, she’s also feeling confident she’s got the chops to make this the best homeschool year ever. Back to school can be overwhelming for every parent, and homeschooling parents feel that crunch too, especially with all the preparation that homeschooling requires. To help families succeed in their homeschooling goals, Kayla shared three tips with us that she’s using in her house.

Three Tips for Homeschooling Success courtesy of @mommygazelle

1. Make it fun: Enjoy the process. Your kids will only be in each grade once, so remind yourself to enjoy the process. Be the one to set the tone and atmosphere to help your kids enjoy school and learning.

2. Build a community: Whether you create a homeschool co-op or find other homeschool families in your neighborhood, make an effort to get connected with kiddos and parents who are homeschooling in your area.

3. Snap a first-day photo: Don’t forget to take those doorstep photos. It’s your homeschool kiddo’s first day of school too!

August 21, 2019

Help us Give Back to the Teachers Who Give So Much to Our Kids

Every Box Sold Counts Toward our Goal of $10,000 to Help Classrooms in Need

We know it’s not enough to just shout out teachers and the incredible work they do. Inspired by the teachers who inspire our kiddos, we’re putting our money where our mouths are, and for every $50 spent at Kids on 45th, we’re donating $5 for classroom supplies to local schools. We’re donating up to $10,000 to help teachers build classroom libraries, buy art supplies, take their students on educational field trips, and improve their classroom environments.

We’re parents first and foremost at Kids on 45th – (shout out to Isaac, Isla and Charlie, three of our kindergarten-bound kiddos!) – so of course supporting teachers and schools is top of mind for us right now as we head back to school.

We Want Teachers to Start the School Year Off Strong

Here’s how it works, it’s super simple!

  • Order a box of super-affordable clothes from Kids on 45th
  • For every $50 spent at kidson45th.com through September 2019, we’ll donate $5 to projects at donorschoose.org until we reach our goal of $10,000.

Are you a Teacher? Raise More Money for Your Classroom

Teachers, we would love to support your campaigns directly. If you are a teacher, get the link to your current donorschoose.org campaign (or make one!) and let us know here.

We will contact you with a unique kidson45th.com referral link to direct donations to you from people in your community who want to participate.

We know this is a crazy time of year, so thanks for reading and helping us with this goal!

June 14, 2019

Curious About our Clothes? Watch a Kids on 45th Unboxing

Nearly every week we unbox a sample Kids on 45th bundle on our Instagram and Facebook pages, so we can show you some examples of our finds. Below is a compilation of a few of these videos. All these boxes sell within 10 minutes, so don’t snooze on these sales!

June 11, 2019

We love when you love your Kids on 45th Haul

Check out this Kids on 45th customer who came to us for a BIG box of clothes for her 3 kids. She loved what was inside.

April 16, 2019

How You Buy & Clear Out Kids Clothing Has a Big Impact on the Environment

Hand-me-downs, consigned clothing and thrift shopping are great for both your wallet and the world

Sustainable is a word you see a lot when it comes to kids clothing these days. And why not: parents are the original clothing reusers and recyclers – hello, hand-me-downs! hello wearing the same yoga pants on repeat! – plus we’re very aware of the impact we’re making on the planet our kids will inherit. You know instinctively that buying pre-loved, secondhand kids clothes is a good thing – of course you’re right!

Turns out buying used and secondhand when it comes to children’s clothing is super smart, totally trendy, and seriously great for both your wallet and the world. Check out these five things to know now about clothing and the environment, courtesy of the EPA and this report from ThredUp.

1. More than 20 Billion Pounds of Clothing is Thrown Away Every Year (according to the EPA): That would fill more than 3,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools! In fact, discarded clothing makes up the majority of the textiles Americans send to the landfills – our garbage dumps receive or incinerate a garbage truck’s worth of used textiles every second, yikes! Also, here’s a shocker: there have been wild reports that brands from luxury (Burberry, Louis Vuitton) to affordable (H&M, Urban Outfitters) actually set fire to tons of their surplus clothes and merchandise to prevent them from being sold secondhand, dropping a double whammy of pollution (waste + smoke) on the planet.

2. We’re Getting Good at Recycling and Reusing, but Reducing, Not so Much: The amount of clothing that all of us recycle and reuse is increasing. But so is the amount of clothing produced as we all buy more and wear each item less. No denying it: we love getting new things to wear, but that results in us still sending a ton of usable clothing to our landfills. One solution? Buy pre-loved, secondhand clothing rather than new when you’re itching for new fashions for you and your kiddos.

3. Pre-loved Clothing Is Totally Trendy: You know a good thing when you see it, and that means choosing secondhand items more and more frequently. Pre-loved clothing is one of the fastest growing areas of retail, courtesy of all of us smartypants shoppers out there.

4. Buying Secondhand Clothing Has Never Been Easier: With the rise of online consignment stores, apps, and websites, you can buy quality secondhand clothing without leaving your house or searching through thrift stores. Kids on 45th is one example of this new kind of retailer, providing parents like you a way to save time, money, and the planet with excellent-quality, pre-loved children’s clothing delivered to your door.

5. Each Used Item You Buy Reduces its Carbon Footprint by 82%: That’s like taking a giant elephant-sized footprint and reducing it to a dog pawprint in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide (aka greenhouse gases, aka pollution) it creates. Hello, green! Hello, making a difference!

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Even parents who aren’t able to put a lot of time into researching environmental options 🙋 are buying secondhand kids clothing for the huge money savings that come with pre-loved clothes.

Saving the planet, saving money, saving time: there are so many great reasons to buy secondhand clothing for your kids. You can order a season’s worth of clothes for your kiddo in less than five minutes at kidson45th.com and feel good about your purchase and its impact on the planet and your wallet!

February 26, 2019

3 Steps to Save Money on Kids Clothing by Folding Laundry Like Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo’s home organization tips are the easiest to apply in your kids’ rooms and can actually help you save money on your kids’ clothes. The pro tip is that you can start on laundry day with no extra effort. In this case, imperfect is the perfect way to go!

You’re undoubtedly aware of Marie Kondo and her organizing show that’s inspiring some serious spring cleaning, or at least fueling millions of Netflix binges! The Japanese organizing consultant and star of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” is showing all of us how to clear our clutter with gratitude and delight, seriously!

Her five-category, clutter-clearing system (Clothes, Books, Papers, Miscellaneous, Sentimental) may feel like a lot to tackle. But it’s surprisingly easy to “Marie Kondo” your kids’ clothes, and her folding method can actually help you save money on your kids’ clothing.

Use these three steps to organize your kids’ clothes, Marie Kondo-style, and save money on kids clothes:

  1. Laundry day can make or break your kids’ clothing budget – Use the time to sort out the small stuff: Sure, if Marie Kondo had her way, you’d pile up all your child’s clothes like a children’s clothes outlet bin and sift through them. But why not do a mini version of this on laundry day? As you fold each item, take a peek at the sizes, and make a donation pile for items that are too small. And notice if the items that still fit “spark joy,” which is Marie Kondo’s signature phrase, for you or your kiddo. If an item doesn’t give you delight, thank that cheap name brand hoodie for its service, and into the giveaway bag it goes (gently! That shirt served you, mama!).

  2. Go full Marie-Kondo-folding method in your laundry basket: Marie Kondo has a unique technique for folding and storing clothes. Neat as can be, Marie Kondo folds clothes into small rectangles (you can see exact instructions here). Then stands the clothes up vertically like little clothing soldiers. This way you can see all of your clothes so you know exactly what you have. Brilliant! Here’s our addition to the Kondo brilliance: As you fold your laundry, you can place the clothes vertically into your laundry basket so it’s that much easier to quickly slot them into your kiddos’ dresser drawers.

  3. Your kid’s clothing drawer becomes your shopping list: You now have an inventory system for your children’s clothes – with one glance you can see that you need more jeans, sweatshirts, etc. You know you never get dirt cheap kids clothing when you’re are in a pinch (helllllo, full-priced clothes on a Target run), so this method can help you see a clothing outage before it happens. And you know where you can fill in those girls onesies, boys pants, girls shirts, summer dresses, and anything else you need: Kids on 45th :)

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Great for Growing Kids

We really love Marie Kondo’s folding and storage method for our kids’ clothes. Because kids outgrow stuff so fast, it can be hard to keep up with what they have and what they need. Plus, their clothes are often so small and there are so many of them, they can really get lost in the drawers. Using Marie Kondo’s folding and storing style, we’re able to see all of our kids’ pants, leggings, tees, pajamas, etc. all at once. It’s seriously so helpful when it comes to buying kids clothes, because it really gives you an understanding of what your kids need and what you already have plenty of, so you can stop ordering leggings and finally get your kiddo some short-sleeved shirts or whatever! (You know where to go for those in a snap, right? You got it 👉 kidson45th.com )

Have you been watching the Marie Kondo show, mamas? What do you think of her style of tidying up?

February 01, 2019

Frugal February Survival Guide

Good thing it's the shortest month of the year!

January was a cold, dark month… for our bank account! The decadence of December really hit home for us in these recent weeks. If Santa was a little too generous at your house, we’re sure you’re feeling it too 😭 Well, come on over to our Frugal February party, everyone’s welcome!

When you’re feeling broke, the best thing to do it buckle down and embrace it, right? Go full cheapskate for a month, build the bank back up, and you’ll feel soooo much better about everything. Even if it means opting out of your [favorite disposable indulgences] for a few weeks. That’s what Frugal February is all about: spending little or nothing on the “unnecessary” items on your want/need list.

(For the families of federal employees, we realize you are in a very different kind of financial agony! Here’s hoping that all of the outstanding paychecks have been issued by the time you’re reading this!)

Google “Frugal February” and hello, it’s a phenomenon! So at least we don’t have to be alone in our month of cutting back. Of course, everyone has their own approach to spending and saving, what’s essential and what’s an indulgence. Here are some general guidelines if you want to try your own Frugal February:

Identify your essentials. First things first, you have to know what’s off limits when it comes to spending. Things like rent, bills, gas, and groceries are pretty basic, non-negotiable expenses, right? But you can put some limits on the kinds of food you purchase by only shopping with a list (no impulse buying!), and save money by only buying items that are on sale or discounted. For example, a great way to save on kids’ clothes every time you buy is with Kids on 45th subscription boxes. You can get a whole season’s worth of clothes for your kiddo for less than $50. The average price of each item in our boxes is just $3.29, so cheap!

Do a quick audit. Frugal February can be a good motivator to reduce the recurring expenses that can be a hassle to tackle, like cell phone bills and cable TV service. Sure it’s a total pain to switch phone plans and providers, but Frugal February demands it! Go through those annoying calls to customer service and trips to the phone store now, reap the $$$ benefits later.

Find new fun. Nobody likes sacrificing, especially if it cuts into a fun time. If you’re really embracing Frugal February, you might feel like you have to say no to a lot of social events like after work drinks, restaurant meals with friends, and date nights. The trick is to get creative. Go out during happy hour. Have friends over to your place for a potluck instead of racking up a big bill out. Do date night at home: swap babysitting with a friend and designate the time to hang out with your honey.

Don’t go total deprivation. If getting a fancy coffee and a muffin and meeting friends at the mall playspace is the one weekly ritual that you look forward to, consider ways you can make it work. Maybe you only go every other week in February and skip the pastry. Or ask your friends if they want to take turns hosting a weekly coffee-and-kids playdate for a month. Who knows? Maybe it will turn into a regular thing!

Are you all about Frugal February? How are you saving money this month?

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