Tighter Belts? Find Kids' Gear for Less With Online Clothing Swap

Filed under: Holidays, Shopping, Fashion, Teen Culture, Gear Guides: Big Kids, Gear Guides: Tweens, Gear Guides: Teens

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Sure, money's tight, but at the rate our kids are growing, their clothes are even tighter. So we welcome any out-of-the-big-box-store solution to saving money on back-to-school shopping this year.

Enter thredUP, a new kids clothing swap website that allows busy parents to exchange boxes of their kids' outgrown clothing for new gear that fits just right. The best part? You can do it all online. The service connects thousands of families across the country and coordinates trades so there's no bartering, bidding or tiresome trips to the post office.

With the free basic membership, you pay only shipping and handling on the boxes of clothing you choose. Upgrading to a pro membership ($29.99 a year) gives you access to extra features, such as more detailed views of other member's boxes and the ability to add more child profiles to your account.

Discount alert: ParentDish readers can sign up via this link for 20 percent off a thredUP pro membership -- valid throughout the month of August.

Related: Easy Ways to Bring New Style to Old Hand-Me-Downs
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