If you are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and you have decided to carry your baby to term, you will need maternity clothes. There are many more places that sell maternity fashions now than there were even just a few years back. In fact, entire stores dedicated to selling maternity clothing are popping up in increasing numbers. Just because a woman is pregnant doesn't mean she wants to put on a sweat suit and call it a day. If you want to find maternity clothes for free to low cost, read on.
Oftentimes when you are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, you have little to no money to spend on maternity clothing. Fortunately, there are many resources for free maternity clothing. You just need to know where to look.
The obvious place to start looking for free maternity clothing would be in the closets of people you know. Ask around to friends, family members and acquaintances. More often than not, if you spread the word around that you are looking for maternity clothes, you will get donations from the people you know.
You can also contact local charities and religious organizations to find out if they provide maternity clothing to mothers in need. Many charitable organizations give women free maternity clothes. One resource for this would be a crisis pregnancy center. They offer maternity clothing and baby items to women carrying their pregnancy to term.
If you have decided to carry your pregnancy to term, but you are placing your baby for adoption, contact your adoption agency. Maternity clothing is considered a pregnancy related expense and these are often covered by the adoption agency or parents. Each agency is different, but most offer some form of help with maternity clothing.
If you cannot find a free resource for maternity clothes, you need to find places where you can buy maternity clothes for an affordable cost. The first place you should look are a second hand shops like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Oftentimes, the maternity clothing donated to these stores has only been worn once or twice and it is in extremely good condition. You may be able to find maternity jeans, tops and pajamas for pennies on the dollar if you shop carefully.
The Internet is another great resource for finding low cost maternity clothes. Many women sell there used maternity clothes on auction sites like Ebay. In addition to this, you can check the clearance pages of larger retailers for discounts on new maternity clothing. When you are online, check out sites like Craiglist and Freecyle. It is not uncommon for people to be selling or giving away maternity clothes on either of these sites.
If you have to go out and shop retail for maternity clothing there are a few stores that have good prices. Wal-Mart has a nice maternity wear section and they offer the clothes at a fairly low cost. Target is another store that has a pretty decent selection of low cost maternity clothes. Plus, Target often has a nice selection of clearance items. Old Navy is another large retail chain that carries a nice line of affordable and stylish maternity wear. Check their sale rack as well as they have great sale prices.
When you are shopping for maternity clothing in a retail store you can save money by looking for sales or discounts. You can also ask that they put you on their mailing list so you get coupons and sale updates.
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