5 Ways to cut your expenses: #2 Clothing

Day 2 is all about saving on clothing.  Let me know what I may have missed in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.  Thanks for reading! 

Clothing can be expensive if you let it be.  Unfortunately we need clothing because it’s kinda illegal to walk around naked.  Bummer.  Here are some ways to keep the price down.

  • Avoid buying things that will go out of style.  Instead, buy things that can be worn until they are worn out.  You can accessorize with trendy scarves or jewelry to update the clothing instead.
  • Read the care labels and whenever possible, avoid clothes that need to be dry cleaned.  Dry cleaning is expensive.  If you have to have items that need to be dry cleaned, wear them more than once before sending them off to be cleaned.
  • Buy clothing when it’s on clearance for the following year.  Do you know that you are going to need a new winter coat the next year? Get one in February or March when they are on clearance. This is also a major way to save on kids clothing.  Not only do they grow quickly, but they are messy little buggers.  Why spend $30 on one pair of pants when they are only going to stain it and/or outgrow it in a few months?  When clothes are marked down, buy them in the next size (or sizes) and put them away in a storage tub for when they grow into it. 
  • Shop used. Garage sales, Goodwill, Salvation Army, consignment shops, children’s resale events, Facebook garage sale groups, and Craigslist are all great places to buy clothing at a fraction of the cost.  Granted, you need to check them over a little closer to make sure there aren’t any stains or holes.  Know your prices when shopping used.  If I find a pair of pants for $10 but it’s only $12 to buy them new, I opt for new.
  • Wait for sales.  One of my favorite things is when I get the 30% off coupon from Kohls!  However, I only use it when there is actually something we need or when the seasonal clothing has gone on clearance and I can use the coupon on top of the clearance pricing to buy ahead for the next size up.
  • Host a clothing swap.  Get a group of friends together and swap out clothes that you don’t wear anymore, or you kids have outgrown, for clothes from friends that they don’t need anymore.  It’s a win win situation!  The same goes for baby and kid clothes.  Maybe you have a little boy but are pregnant with a girl.  Do you have any friends who have girl clothes but need boy clothes?  Swap them out!
  • Learn to repair clothes.  I’m not talking about how to take in or let out seams (though I’m jealous of those of you that do know!).  I’m referring to sewing back on buttons and snaps, repairing a ripped seam, or repairing holes.  If you can learn some basic skills, your clothes will have an extended life.  At the very least, make friends with someone who knows how to repair clothes and swap out services.
  • Welcome hand downs with open arms!  Whenever anyone asks me if I want clothes their kids have outgrown, I say “Yes!”  Even if they aren’t in the best of shape, my kids can use them for play clothes. 

Stayed tuned for how to save money on entertainment….. Coming tomorrow!

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