The first issue many people have when it comes to sleepwear is a preconceived notion about what is appropriate sleepwear. In fact, the cheapest set of pajamas came with you when you were born. Choosing to sleep in the buff is not for everyone, though, and there are times when the weather might have a say in your decision, not to mention the social situation. Below are 3 additional ways to save on what’s pretty much a necessity for most people.
Assuming you need to purchase pajamas for a number of individuals, it is always best to anticipate and buy out of season. That means waiting out the season. For example, winter pajamas arrive at the stores in early fall, and if you can wait until about February you will find that they go on sale, sometimes dramatically. It isn’t unusual to find half off or more. Of course, if you are purchasing for kids, you will also have to anticipate their sizes a year later.
Buy Off Brands or Other Clothes
You don’t need to get the fanciest pajamas to stay warm at night. There is a lot to be said for getting your sleepwear at bargain shops, thrift shops, or even as hand-me-downs. After all, the primary goal of nightwear is to keep you covered and warm.
Think about simply investing in a set of inexpensive tee shirts. Get them a couple of sizes larger to use as gowns for a girl and with sweatpants or underpants for a boy. Use some fabric paints to decorate your new night clothes to suit the wearer. You can also use clothes that have gotten too small to wear day to day, but make sure they are warm enough on the nights you plan to wear them.
Go Large and Use it Longer
If you are purchasing pajamas for young kids, seriously consider getting a size larger. It doesn’t take much effort to hem a gown or a pair of pants. You can manage such repairs, even if you can’t sew by using hem tape with only a hot iron and a good eye. Another option, especially with footy pajamas, is to use hair Scrunchies to keep arms and legs in the right place, rather than flopping about.
Of course, if you have several children, remember that hand-me-downs aren’t the end of the world. Night clothes don’t really need to be fancy or perfect, just usable. If your children attend sleepovers, invest in one nicer set of pajamas that they can take with them when they go out. That will alleviate any social concerns they have while still saving you lots of money.
Most night clothes are available either in polyester or cotton. Cotton is flammable but can be treated and if worn snuggly it is considered perfectly safe. Polyester is fire retardant but melts when subjected to high heat.
Don’t spend large sums of money on pajamas. Comfort, warmth, and ease are all that is required of any nightwear, so keep your money for something that is more important.
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