I thought we could spend the next few weeks talking about the basics of saving money and the frugal lifestyle. I hope that I can provide you with some practical tips that will add cash to your wallet.
It’s Hard to Save Money on Clothes
It can be expensive to cloth a large family, or a small one for that matter! We spend less then $100 per month to cloth our family. My goal is that our kids are nicely dresses and reasonably stylish. However, as I have taken a good look at their wardrobes recently noticed a lot of gaps I needed to fill for the bigs. So how do you cloth a large family on less then $15 per person per month.
One thing that is critical to these strategies is to keep abreast of the needs of your family. Will your kids need winter jackets or new swim suits, jeans etc… The hunt should begin when the need is on the horizon and before the need arises which will give you plenty of time to look calmly around for the needed items. Keep a list on your phone or on a notepad and always have it with you so you won’t have to strain your brain trying to remember if such and such has gloves, hat or jeans.
How to Save money on Kids Clothes
- Say yes to hand me downs . Yes, you will get some bags full of worn out clothes from the 70’s. But you don’t have to put your kids in them :D. We’ve found some treasures in even the humblest of bags.
- Frequent garage sales when you can and make it a priority when your family/kids need something in particular. To find GREATER success at garage sales you should also learn where the “Best” garage sales are located, sometimes it’s in the ritzy communities and sometimes it’s not. Just find them and be sure to go because $1 for a shirt is much better then $15. this can be something fun and fruitful to do with a couple of your girlfriends.
- Shop at Thrift Stores. But just like garage sales not all thrift stores are created equal. Some will have great sales and discounts and others are an over priced waste of time. You can bargain at some stores and some stores the clothing is priced as marked. Know which ones frequently have what you need at good prices. Which reminds me you should know your prices, know how much a new Wal-Mart shirt costs. On that note it’s my humble opinion that a lightly used A Children’s Place, Gymboree or GAP (etc…) clothing item is a better deal in longevity and quality then a new Wal-Mart shirt.
Get Everyone on the Money Saving Bandwagon
Get your family excited about finding a deal and they will start pointing out yard sales and looking for good prices in stores. If we have budgeted money to pick up needed clothing items folks will enjoy finding the deal because they know it will be purchased at that time. Instead of ‘sometime’ hopefully in the future. Even my husband is fully on board with our budget and fashion goals for himself. Recently, while he was on a business trip in Ohio he went to a Goodwill Outlet and found the black dress shoes he’s been looking for and paid $1.50 for them, I hope their Bostonians!
Now it’s your turn, what do you do or want to do to start saving money on clothes.
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