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Thrifty mum shares clever secret to buying cheap department store clothes

Buying clothes for all the family as well as yourself can really add up.

One mum has come up with a smart way to save money on department store clothes, which might have you checking out the kids’ section next time you’re in need of a new outfit.

Anne-Marie Makin, 24, from Queensland, told Femail that she was out shopping for her two-year-old daughter’s clothes when she noticed some of the older girls’ sizes could be made to fit grown ups.

She said: "The main reason I really started it is because after I had my little girl obviously you start shopping in the kids section more and a few things just caught my eye and I thought ‘wow, that’s nice’".

She said that not everything is a guaranteed fit and the sizes she needs varies a lot, depending on the outfit.

"I’m a size 10 women so I vary between a 12 to 16 kids depending on the outfit. You really need to try them on," she said.

Anne-Marie said that being petite works in her favour, as she’s 157cm tall. She said this means she doesn’t have to hem trousers she buys from childrenswear.

Recently, she bought a stylish white dress she said she thought would be expensive in boutiques, but it only cost her $25 (£13) from the kids’ section – so says her smart trick saves her money.

"The best part is this dress comes in an identical style in the smaller girls section so now my little girl and I can be matching".

Anne-Marie also said that she finds the adult section a much "older style" for someone in their twenties.

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