A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money Part 1

 

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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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.

I know you have great ideas that will really help the newbie frugalista! Now that they’ve got the basics you can help teach the advanced course ;).

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

16 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money Part 1

  1. Also check clearance racks. Just because you can’t afford a $30 shirt from Old Navy doesn’t mean it won’t be on the earance rack for $3 later. I just updated my wardrobe from the clearance racks @ Old Navy 🙂

    Also look at close out stores such as Ross. Not as cheap but I needed a formal dress for a wedding & found one @ Ross for $20 that retailed for $80 then bought the perfect shoes (exactly what I was looking for) at a resale store for $7 along with a clutch for $3.

  2. I agree with the yard sale point. I’ve noticed that around here the best priced sales are in rural areas. I like to keep our clothing pretty basic, so it works out fine. I have been surprised to find things in the clearance section of stores for less than they ask for in the thrift stores in my town. So shopping around is a big part of it. The other thing that I do is shop sales at the end of the season and buy for next year’s size.

    1. Oh yes!!! Shopping at the end of a season is a huge money saver. We shop the J Crew Swimwear at the end of the season and pick up swim suits for $8-10 for both pieces. Thanks for pointing that out and thanks for stopping by!

  3. I have 6 kids. The 3 girls are in the same size. I find as they get older its harder to find nice clothes. However we shop goodwill and eBay. I have found “lots” of boys pants and shoes for very reasonable, but not yardsale prices. I agree that nice used children’s place \gap clothes is better then New Wal-Mart clothing.

  4. Great tips! I am from the big city, so we don’t do garage sales or thrift stores.
    I save money on clothes by going to Kohl’s online. I use the store coupon and I also go to RetailMeNot.com and get another coupon. Those two coupons usually save me anywhere from $25-$40 a purchase!

  5. I love the picture where you label what you paid for each item of clothing! You can really find great deals when you look for them. I’ve clothed my family for almost nothing for years. I think underwear is the only thing I buy new.

  6. Great post! We use a fabulous charity shop (thrift shop in UK) where for every bag you donate you can buy £2 worth of clothes for free. Given adult tops go for 40p, this is basically free clothing!

  7. I LOVE saving money on clothes! I buy all the kids clothes on super clearance ($3 brand new shoes from Wal-Mart – YES PLEASE! I mean they were ugly Superman shoes, but for playing outside who cares?) or second hand, and I take all the hand-me-downs people will give me. I buy my clothes the same way, but not as often of course. I have also been to clothing swaps which is REALLY fun! I would be SOOO excited if I opened a bag of hand-me-downs full of 70s clothes LOL I am a vintage freak!

  8. Thanks so much for linking up with Womanhood with Purpose´s Heart-Filled Fridays 🙂 your post has been featured!

    1. Yes, we don’t have any cousins close enough to get clothing from. However, we do get a lot of clothes from friends which is a huge blessing. Thanks for stopping by Mel.

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