Posts tagged with "saving-money"

January 16, 2020

Seven Ways to Follow Minimalism

Are you into the minimalism trend? Less stuff and living more simply can mean lower stress, fewer bills, and easier, more enjoyable living.

Minimalism is a trend that we see a lot of Kids on 45th customers referencing. But what does minimalism refer to exactly? Is it all about living with less, or is there more to it than that? We did a little research and it turns out there are many ways to interpret and apply the minimalist philosophy in your life.

At its core, minimalism is about simplifying. Here are seven basic ways that K45 customers and many others are applying minimalist principles to their daily lives.

  1. Owning Less Stuff: Decluttering and reducing the amount of material items we own is probably the most well known of the minimalist philosophies. Our possessions can control us in a way – we have to shop for them, buy them, maintain them, manage them, keep them organized. It’s a lot! By reducing the amount owned, minimalists lighten this load and simplify their lives. In doing so, they diminish a huge weight that many of us don’t even realize we’re carrying around. As Kids on 45th fan Mila @discreetminimalism puts it, “Not that you shouldn’t own anything, but that nothing should own you.”
  2. Simplifying Finances: Minimalism applies to personal finances through the call to simplify. Opting for one credit card, one bank account, and so on diminishes time spent monitoring and managing our accounts. It makes paying bills easy-peasy and helps get a handle on fees and interest charges. It even lightens the load of pesky things like how many user names and passwords we have to organize.
  3. Going Smaller: Choosing a smaller home goes hand in hand with the minimalist mantra of having few possessions. Having less stuff means you can opt for a smaller space, saving you money on everything from rent to utility bills to the cost of furnishings and maintenance. It frees you from needing to spend all your free time on house projects and upkeep. And it prevents you from falling into the trap of buying things just to fill the empty spaces. You’ll be motivated to keep and display only the things you really love. Clutter and the overwhelm that comes with clutter diminish.
  4. Reusing and Reducing: Whether intentional not, the green factor is strongly aligned with minimalism. The act of reducing the amount we consume is itself a sustainable act – the less we buy and use the easier we are on our planet. Many minimalists like Kids on 45th fan Erica Flock sell possessions they no longer want and become part of the secondhand economy. As an eco-minded minimalist, you might try to buy all items used instead of choosing new.
  5. Being Thoughtful about Purchases: Most people who adopt a philosophy of minimalism still make purchases – after all, they have to live! – but there’s a new thoughtfulness that comes with consuming. You start to really consider whether you truly need or even want the things you’re buying. Rather than purchase something cheap that you’ll have to replace in a short time, you might opt to save up for a higher end brand that will last longer. Or you might choose to seek out items secondhand before purchasing new.
  6. Expressing Gratitude. Simplifying life seems to have the effect of jumpstarting feelings of gratitude and happiness in minimalists. As people learn to live with less, they tend to more fully appreciate what they have, and what they are electing to keep in their lives. Kids on 45th customer and minimalist enthusiast Chelsea Brown posts regularly about the gratitude and contentment that comes with living with less.
  7. Choosing Experiences: With the newfound freedom that comes from simplifying, minimalists tend to discover they have more time and resources available for experiences and living. From trips and activities to just being more present in their daily lives, minimalism-minded types report being able to better engage with the people, hobbies, and events of their lives because they’ve simplified the day-to-day aspects of their existence. Check out our friend Courtney’s @outofofficefamilyInstagram for one look at the adventures that can happen with a simpler lifestyle.

What’s your approach to minimalism? Are you a fan, and if so, what are some of the ways you’re embracing the tenets of minimalism in your family’s life?

January 06, 2020

Which Dave Ramsey Type of Shopper Are You?

We All Fit Into One of these Common Shopping Styles, Says the Budgeting Expert

Hello, January! The holidays are over – hope they were great! – and now it’s time for all of us parents to recover from the craziness that comes with playing Santa. Our bank accounts are usually the first thing we need to mend after the season of giving, and many of you turn to financial guru Dave Ramsey’s budgeting tips for guidance. We love his practical, accessible advice for taking control of our personal finances. Knowing yourself and the ways you spend is key to starting to save and budget. Dave identified six types of common shoppers, and we found some of our Kids on 45th customers in each profile. Take a look and see if you see yourself in any of these!

The Bargain Shopper

This is the parent who could have starred in TLC’s “Extreme Couponing.” S/he has a discount code for every purchase, whether in-store or online. It is not uncommon for this shopper to hit multiple stores in one day hunting for the best deal.

Is this you? We love a discount! Grab a Kids on 45th coupon code by signing up for our email list.

The Researcher

We like to think of this parent as the Proud Planner. This is the parent who actually buys their holiday decorations and clothing items during the week after each holiday. They know the exact ratio of soccer shorts to shirts that will last their kiddo through the spring season, and they buy all they need in one swoop and don’t shop again until the next season.

Is this you? Sign up for our Seasonal Saver program to save 30% on your first seasonal delivery.

The Impulse Buyer

Impulse buyers are just as they sound: They make purchases at random when they see something they like/want/need, without much research or deliberation.

Is this you? Check out the Add-on Items in your kiddo’s Build a Box for fun, brand new items your child will love.

The Negotiator

These types of buyers don’t like to pay retail prices. When it comes to making a purchase, negotiators will see how they can get the item for less, and won’t stop until they do.

Is this you? Kids on 45th is the fastest way to get kids’ clothes for cheap, and our Happiness Policy guarantees that you can feel confident in your order containing the best quality items for the lowest possible prices. Drop by Kids on 45th, we’re made for you!

The Loyalist

Loyalists are extremely brand loyal and fond of buying everything in one place. They find a brand or product that works for them and they don’t stray from it.

Is this you? Are we your person? Make sure you’re sharing your Kids on 45th referral code to earn $10 in credit every time a new customer uses it.

The Mama on a Mission

With a baby strapped to her back and credit card tucked in her front pocket, this mama makes a beeline for the clearance rack. She needs to stock up on daycare clothing items for her kids, and she’s shopping on a tight budget and even tighter timeline. She’s never tempted by impulse buys, and self checkout is her very best friend.

Is this you? Sign up for our emails or follow up on social to hear about our regular Dollar Rack sales, when we offer flaw-some items starting at the bargain price of $1!

Photo: Kids on 45th fan @thesweetestlittlelife shows us how she shops with kids.

January 02, 2020

Introducing StyleSaver: Women’s Clothing Subscription Boxes You Can Actually Afford

Like-New Clothes All Just $9.99 an Item, Regardless of Brand
Designed to Boost Your Style and Confidence

Since we launched Kids on 45th, we can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard from women wishing this product existed for them. Boxes of nearly-new clothes selected and shipped to them, for a price that’s actually affordable? That’s a busy mama’s – and busy woman’s – dream.

Because we all want to look good, but honestly – who has the time or money to shop? Even if we did, many of us dislike shopping for clothes and cringe at the price of retail. Plus there’s the environmental effect of buying new clothes. If you’re not ok with the waste that fast fashion produces, you’re not the only one.

And those are just a few reasons why we are so excited to introduce StyleSaver!

Affordable Women’s Clothing, Styled for You

StyleSaver is your styling best friend: a clothing subscription created to inspire your inner confidence at prices you can truly afford. Each box is an assortment of six high-quality, seasonal clothing items handpicked by a stylist just for you. All items, regardless of brand, are $9.99 and anywhere from 20-90% off retail.

Like you, we find retail prices of clothing WAY higher than we’d like to spend. That’s why our clothes are like-new secondhand: you get great quality, brand name clothes for a fraction of the retail price – and no one will ever guess they are used!

The Easiest, Most Affordable Clothing Subscription

StyleSaver is designed to be all about easy convenience. Because we know you might get some items that don’t work, we have a generous credit policy and a self-service kiosk for requesting credit (you just need to do it within three days of receiving your box). We find returns to be a total drag, so we don’t require that you return those items that didn’t work. Instead we ask you to donate them to a charity or friend. Our set-it-and-forget-it subscription delivers a wardrobe refresh every month, but it’s also easy to skip a month or cancel at any time.

StyleSaver’s Mission: Making Getting Dressed Fast, Easy, Affordable + Eco-Friendly

At StyleSaver, we’re all about:

  • Living frugally, so we can save money and live better
  • Saving time, so we can take more well-deserved breaks
  • Shopping sustainably, so we can do right by our children and our planet
  • Sharing the love, by gifting to our friends and our communities

Life is busy and time and money are tight! StyleSaver’s stylists aim to provide everyday fashion inspiration conveniently and for a price that’s comfortable. Whether you’re in a style rut, a cash crunch, or just looking for a super easy way to refresh your wardrobe regularly, you’re going to want to check out StyleSaver. You’re going to look and feel so good!

Give StyleSaver a try now and save! Use code 50OFF4U to save 50% off your first box at StyleSaver This offer is valid through January 31, 2020.

If you try StyleSaver, let us know! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @style.saver.co and #stylesaver on social. Or send us an email at [email protected]

December 04, 2019

Kids on 45th Holiday Gift Inspiration Guide

We’ve Got What Your Kids Both Want and Need, For Less
Because Great Stuff + Awesome Deals = Happy Kids, Happy Moms

Love the holidays and gifting but getting sticker shock when you hit the stores? Us too. Which is why we’re here with a gift inspiration guide. We’ve got tons of brand new items – including brand name toys, clothes, and accessories – available on kidson45th.com now. Here are just a few of the things we think your kiddos would love to find under the tree, or wherever you stash your holiday gifts.

Pro tip: To find these items,

  • Look for the ✨ on items in your kiddo’s Build a Box to select brand new clothing items! (Colors and styles may vary).
  • Click on the Close Out tab on the Build a Box page to shop our brand new clothes and toys from major retailers!

For your Frozen fan:
Fleece Elsa hoodie, $8.99 Now $5.99
Find it in girl sizes 2T - 6x (add a girl this size to your account to order)

Frozen hoodie

Frozen hoodie

Your kiddo might also love:

  • Disney Princess Tangled Rapunzel’s Discovery Bag, $9.99
  • Disney Maui “Tsum Tsum” mini
  • Moana Collection, $2.49
  • Pochew sparkle and lace tutu, $5.49 Now $3.99 girl sizes 2-8

For the kiddo who loves to create:
Bunchems Bunch’n Build Activity Kit, $12.49
Find it under the Close Out tab on the Build a Box page

Bunchems

Your kiddo might also love:

  • Brand New Athletic Pants, Boy/Girl Sizes, $9.99
  • Slimes and Putties Mad Mattr $7.49

For your tiny dancer:
First Impressions Baby Girls Printed Velvet-Trim Tutu Skirt, $3.49 Size 24m
Find it under the Close Out tab on the Build a Box page

First Impressions Skirt

Your little might also love:

  • Brand name two-piece knit set, $11.99
  • Brand new super cute rain jacket, $14.99

For sweet feet:
Cozy, nonskid Girls’ Slipper Socks, $7.99 Now $4.99
Find it in girl sizes 4 - 12 (add a girl this size to your account to order)

Sherpa socks

Your kiddo might also like:

  • Brand new joggers, $8.99 Now $4.99 (girl sizes 2T - 10/12)
  • New black packable puffer jacket, $16.99 (girl sizes 2T - 14)

For your teen:
Celebrity Pink Juniors’ High-Rise Button Ankle Skinny Jeans, $14.99 Size 15
Find them under the Close Out tab on the Build a Box page

Celebrity Pink jeans

Your kiddo might also like:

  • Fishbowl Juniors’ Lace Illusion a-Line Dress, $17.49,
  • Hippie Rose Juniors’ Plush Hooded Cardigan, $13.99, size small

For sweet little legs:
Jefferies Tights, $4.99 Now $2.99
Find them in girl sizes 2 - 10 (add a girl this size to your account to order)

Jefferies tights

Your kiddo might also love:
Pikmi Pops Surprise! Mega Pack - Marshmallow Set, $11.49

For tween sleepy heads:
Two pack of Brand New Pajamas, $12.99 Now $7.99
Find them in boy/girl sizes 6/7, 7 / 8, 10/12 (add a boy or girl this size to your account to order)

2 pack pajamas

Your kiddo might also love:
Spin Master Pimple Pete Board Game, $9.99

For your cuddly kid:
Plush fleece jackets, $13.99
Find them in boy sizes 2T - 14/16 (add a boy this size to your account to order)

Jachs Plush Fleece Jacket

Your kiddo might also like:

  • Pace Maker Extreme Game, Electronic Games, $12.49
  • NERF Super Soaker Twin Tide, $6.49

For your littlest one:
First Impressions Baby Girls Bright Future Graphic Cotton T-Shirt, $3.49 Size 6-9 months
Find it under the Close Out tab on the Build a Box page

First Impressions Bright shirt

Your little might also like:

  • Brand new infant 3-piece set, $7.99 Now $6.99
  • New cozy fleece hoodie + pants set, $8.99

For your bare-headed babies + toddlers:
Brand new winter hat, $2.99 Now $1.99 - $2.99 (retail $8)
Find them in boy/girl sizes newborn to 4T (add a boy or girl this size to your account to order)

Flap Happy Hat

Your kiddo might also like:

  • New jeans, $12.99 Now $6.99 (boy/girl sizes 2T - 4T)
  • Superfly superhero cape, $12.99 (various colors, one size)

For your kiddo in need of basics:
Brand new 3-pack of Disney character undies, $5.99 Now $2.99-$3.99 + 3-pack of TeeHee Kids socks, $4.99 Now $2.99
Find them in most boy/girl toddler + big kid sizes

We hope you find some holiday gifting inspiration here, parents! Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

October 11, 2019

We compared kids’ clothes prices and confirmed: Kids on 45th Is the Cheapest!**

Kids’ clothes don’t have to cost a lot of money! Celebrate the savings with an extra $5 off today!

It’s National Savings Day, and while it’s great to take a day and focus on banking some bucks, here at Kids on 45th we are always in a save-money mindset. We’re committed to giving your the best prices on your kiddo’s everyday clothes and we keep an eye on other retailers’ pricing to make sure we’re delivering on our promise. We know we’re the most affordable place to get kids’ clothing, but sometimes even we’re surprised by how much cheaper we are than other retailers!

We headed to a popular discount retailer for a price check on boys’ fall clothing for our CEO and chief mama Elise’s two boys. Compared to Kids on 45th’s super-low prices, we spent twice as much (plus it took over an hour to find everything)! Here’s a round-up of how prices compared.

Isaac, size 5T

Discount Retailer Kids on 45th
1 Fall Jacket $38.99 $11.99
2 Long Sleeve Tees $8.99 each $3.99 each
1 Sweatshirt $19.99 $6.99
1 Athletic Pants $10 $4.99
2 Jeans $12.99 each $5.99 each
7 ITEMS $112.94 $43.93

Cooper, size 2T

Discount Retailer Kids on 45th
1 Fall Jacket $34.99 $11.99
2 Long Sleeve Tees $8.99 each $3.99 each
1 Sweatshirt $19.99 $6.99
2 Athletic Pants $10 each $4.99 each
1 Jeans $10.99 $5.99
7 ITEMS $103.95 $42.93

The receipts speak for themselves: when it comes to your kiddos’ everyday clothes, Kids on 45th provides incredible value and also mega time savings every single day. It just goes to show: Kids’ clothes don’t have to cost a lot of money!

And in honor of today’s National Savings Day holiday, we’re giving you even lower prices! Use code SAVINGSDAY5 to get an extra $5 off your order today, October 12, at kidson45th.com

October 08, 2019

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

Kiddo still need a Halloween costume? There’s no need to panic (yet) with these ideas for the fastest, easiest, cheapest Halloween costumes for kids.

With Halloween right around the corner, so is that creeping urgency to find unique, creative costumes for your kiddos (ideally without spending a ton of time or money!). Brand-new costumes can be super spendy, especially if your kiddo is only going to wear it once, and honestly so can DIY costumes if you get too elaborate! That’s why we are loving these cheap and easy ways to get your kids costumed this year.

Work With What You Have!

The average Halloween costume is nearly $100. This statistic helped spark our creativity as we surveyed our kiddo’s closet, and we hope it helps you too. 😉 So many clothing items you already have can be turned into the perfect Halloween costume. Take a red long-sleeve and a cut-out letter A to turn into Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks. A yellow dress, some black tape, and pipe cleaner wings can become the cutest homemade bumblebee on the block.

Here is our Minnie Makeover for inspiration:

DIY Minnie Mouse costume

Encourage Dress-Up!

Does anyone else take the price of an item and divide it by the times you wear it? 🙋‍♀️ Enter: the dress up box. Use your costumes year round for imaginative play (and occasional trips to the grocery store. We see you, toddler T-Rex in aisle three).

Check Out Our Nearly-new Costumes!

We scored a literal truckload of pre-loved costumes from our clothing distribution partners. Right now you can add a nearly-new Halloween Costumes to your Kids on 45th bundle for just $7.99 per costume - excellent bang for your buck, given how much even thrift store costumes run these days! You’ll get a “surprise” costume in your kiddo’s size, which is a pretty fun way to approach this most imaginative, creative holiday. Stock up on a couple mystery costumes for the spooky season and beyond. Your kiddo can mix and match to create a totally unique costume, dress up as two different things (one for school, one for trick or treating), or stash them in the dress-up bin for future playtimes.

How do you Halloween? We’d love to hear! Share your quick, low-cost costume ideas in the comments below!

CONTEST TIME

We want to see the costumes you get in your Kids on 45th bundle! Snap a photo of your kiddos in their Kids on 45th costumes (or the homemade costumes you create with Kids on 45th clothing) and tag us on Instagram (@kidson45th) for a chance to win a box from Kids on 45th. T + C: Must be 18 years or older to enter. U.S. Only. Winner will be randomly selected on or after November 1, 2019, and contacted via Instagram direct message. Prize awarded as a $65 credit good at kidson45th.com

August 27, 2019

Check Out Our Labor Day Dollar Rack: Prices Start at $1

Limited Time through Labor Day - Stock up on Gently-Used Kids’ Clothes! We think they’re “Flawsome”

Love a deal? You’re not the only one. At our store in Seattle, our Dollar Rack is the most beloved section. And we know why! These are items that show the slightest bit of wear and tear – maybe a tiny bit of fading on jeans, perhaps a little pilling at the bottom of a sweatshirt – making them are crazy good values. Our in-store customers love to buy from the rack frequently, because they know what gems we find. We know you’re also going to love it, and we are excited to bring the Dollar Rack to our online customers, finally, for a limited time through Labor Day weekend.

The idea for an “Online Dollar Rack” came to us when we were sorting clothes to find the best items to include in our Kids on 45th boxes. Our stylists follow strict guidelines for our Premium Used Kids Clothes that require them to reject clothes that are in perfect shape except for some tiny flaw like a bit of pilling on a sweatshirt or fading on a graphic tee. In our experience at the store, we know there are many parents out there who would love to purchase these “flawsome” clothes if the price was right. And that’s why we’re bringing the Dollar Rack online this Labor Day weekend.

Save Time and Even More Money

Prices on this weekend’s Online Dollar Rack are super low, even as compared to our regular cheap prices on kids clothes! Items on the Dollar Rack start at $1 for toddler clothes, $2 for big kids and tweens, and top out at $5. And remember: we do all the hunting for you, so you can bank both money and time saved when you shop Kids on 45th! You may also love that “saving the planet” feeling.

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Use Your Style Notes

Using the style notes you have in your kiddo’s profile, our stylists will hunt for the perfectly imperfect clothes that fit your kiddo just like they do for your Premium Used Clothes. When you get your box, you’ll see why parents at our Seattle store rave about the Dollar Rack. We think you’ll love these clothes as much as you love the price!

We want to hear what you think of us bringing our Dollar Rack to our online customers, so let us know in the comments below or on our social media like Instagram and Facebook. Should we have the Dollar Rack options all the time?

Don’t Miss this Sale

Shop our Labor Day Dollar Rack “flawsome” clothes with the awesome prices now. Hurry, this sale ends Monday, September 2nd.

What’s on the Kids on 45th Dollar Rack?

We know you’re curious about what types of flawsome clothes you’ll get when you shop the Dollar Rack. Take a look –– We checked out one Dollar Rack item with our friend, Isaac:

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

@sweetfrugallife

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

@mommygazelle

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 below.

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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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