Several Easy Ways to Save Money on Clothing
Saving Money on Clothes Requires Some Humility and Frugality
Clothing costs are always on the rise. Buying clothes that you like when you see it usually results in an expensive wardrobe with lots of pieces that go to waste. Instead, have a plan to coordinate your purchases so that everything goes together and nothing goes to waste. Saving money on clothes can help reduce your monthly household budget and add funds to your savings. Here are some ideas.
Ways to Save Money on Clothing:
- First, try to cut the amount of money you spend on new clothing buy buying less new clothes.
- Shop at discount stores or consignment stores. Consignment stores carry very nice clothing for a fraction of the designer cost.
- Try discount stores like Marshall's or TJ Maxx, that sell new but slightly flawed or overstock clothing at a fraction of the department store price. They carry most of the top brands.
- Shop at outlet malls, but pay attention to prices. Some stores are as expensive as department stores.
- Go to local or citywide garage sales. This is an especially great place to buy childrens and baby clothing.
- For children, ask around to other mothers and relatives for hand me downs. They are free and often in great shape. Make sure you pass on your hand me downs too.
- Borrow or rent items that you only use occasionally, like a formal dress or tuxedo.
- Find an inexpensive alteration store and instead of not wearing some of your clothes, have them altered to fit so that you wear them.
- Sell the clothes that you do not wear at a consignment or thrift shop.
- Carry a laundry pen with you so that when you get a stain you can apply the stain remover before the stain sets.
- Wear your clothes more than once between washes. It will last longer and you'll save on washing and drycleaning.
- Use home drycleaning kits to save on drycleaning costs.
- Cut back on shoes! Applies especially to women. Buy shoes that you can wear with many outfits so that they stay in your clothing rotation. Shoes that you haven't worn in the past 6 months should be sold. Try selling them on craigslist, ebay or a consignment store.
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