I have found some great thrift stores in the area and check them periodically. I have found some great items - even clothes with the tags still on for a fraction of the price! I also set a budget when clothes shopping and make it a game for my kids to see how many items they can get with 'x' amount of $. When I go to the store/mall I always check the sale racks and if I happen upon a great deal I stock up, especially on jeans and shorts. I have found that if I purchase a few items here and there throughout the year I'm never faced with a full on wardrobe purchase when my kids grow.