Here are some examples...
First I take any hand-me-downs anyone will offer. Sometimes there is a lot to wade through to find things that fit or are suitable but it's totally like treasure hunting. Here T Rex is wearing some hand-me-down PJs - Thomas the Tank Engine - he LOVES them. Cost - free.
Then there's ebay. I LOVE ebay. At times I get a little carried away but it's fun. This Hanna Anderssson dress retails for about $36. It arrived at my house in perfect condition for $9 including shipping.
And if you're looking for some super cute and nicely priced cloth diapers, she is wearing a Kawaii diaper (snap version) that I purchased new for $8.95. It has already paid for itself twice. Kawaii diapers are a nice way to dress up one's diaper stash without breaking the bank and this one will last until she is potty trained.
Aden and Anais sleep sack (retail $29.95) was purchased at a local used kids' clothing store for $4. I could not believe this find.
And last method, and my personal favorite, is receiving thoughtful gifts from kind friends...
And, of course, you've seen the various toddler pants I've made for T Rex. Material usually runs anywhere from $1 to $8 a yard - depends on the fabric and if its a licensed print. But I'd say, on average, these cost about $4/pair to make.
Blankets qualify too!