They can go through clothes like there’s no tomorrow.
It gets amusing to listen to one kid gripe about hand me downs one day, and then want to dig through a bag of hand me downs the next day to see if there’s anything in there that they like.
And then, of course, it’s off to the store to make sure that they all have clothing that fits.
Which is all fine and dandy when everything is reasonable, but if the economy implodes or we have some other major emergency, you’ll need to know how to make do.
The first thing you should do is be sure to stockpile clothes. This means having extra clothes in the sizes your kids wear now, as well as sizes that are larger for them to grow into.
You’ll also want to be sure to have clothes for other kids too … In particular if you’re of child bearing age and you might have more kids. Having clothes for an unplanned addition to the family wouldn’t hurt.
Second, you or someone in your family should know how to sew and mend clothes. Knowing how to make new clothes, alter clothes you already have, and fix other clothes will be pretty useful in an emergency type situation that lasts any longer period of time.
And don’t forget to add consumables such as thread, cloth, patches, and the like to your stores!