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20 Ways To Save Money On Clothes

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source: Patrick Crowley

My family hardly spends an money on clothes, and yet, we always look well dressed. It’s easy, if you know what you’re doing. Here are some tips to get you on the right track.

Ways to Save Money on Clothes:

1) Check out your local thrift shops. You may have to search through some junk, but it’s worth it for the cheap prices.

2) Most thrift shops have weekly sales days. Prices of most merchandise are 50% off. If you see something that you like, but it’s too costly for your budget, come back when a sale is occurring.

3) Yard sales are another good place to find bargains. A general rule is that earlier in the day the goods are nicer but the prices are higher. Later in the day, there won’t be a lot left, but prices will be dirt cheap.

4) If your community has a local flea market, you’ll find bargains there also. When we lived in Baltimore, I would come home from a trip to the Westview Flea Market with 10-15 items of baby clothes for less than $10.00. (Of course, that was a while ago!)

5) I rarely shop Walmart. Yes, the prices are cheap, but the clothes rarely hold up. I’d rather buy used clothes and get better quality.

6) Lately, I’ve started buying used clothes on Ebay. The quality is generally excellent and it’s easy to find my size. Just make sure you read the descriptions very carefully and that the seller has a great rating.

7) Learn how to do repairs. I’ve saved dozens of items from the trash heap because I know how to sew a seam, change a zipper and replace a button. A book from the library will explain the how-to’s.

8) If you have a sewing machine, make your own clothes. This only saves money if you have a cheap source of fabric, the item you are making is small (like a halter top), or you have a hard-to-find size. Otherwise, purchasing used clothes is more economical.

9) Avoid “dry-clean only” clothing. At $7.50 per suit, the cost adds up quickly.

10) Wear expensive clothes only when necessary. You may need to wear a suit to work, but change into casual wear as soon as you get home. There’s no reason to wear good clothing while watching TV.

11) Never throw out unwearable clothes. Sell it on Ebay, make it into rags or a quilt, or give it to a friend, but never send it to the trash pile.

12) If you lose weight, don’t discard your old clothing. You may not want to believe it, but there is a good chance you may be needing it again one day.

13) Make it known among your friends that you love to receive hand-me-downs. You’ll be surprised at the goodies you get.

14) Buy basics. You’ll get a lot more mileage from a conservative black skirt, than from pink pants.

15) Trade clothes with a friend. This is the only tip that I have never tried, but I hear that it really works.

16) Read labels carefully before laundering. If your shirt says hand wash and line dry, that’s what you need to do. No shortcuts!

source: Cowgirl Fever

What Not To Do:

17) Never buy clothes with a credit card. If you can’t afford to pay cash for your new shoes, then buy them when you can.

18) Never buy clothes from a department stores. Don’t even window shop or you may be tempted.

19) Never treat your clothes carelessly. If you know you always get tomato sauce on your shirt when you eat spaghetti, change before eating.

20) Never buy clothing unless you know you need it. If you have nine shirts, you don’t need another one, no matter how thin it makes you look.

If you try all of these tips your clothing costs should drop by at least 75%. Even if you only try one or two tips, your savings will still be substantial.

Please let me know if you can think of any other ways to save money on clothes costs. I’ll be happy to publish them.

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Cheaper At The Dollar Store

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cheaper-at-the-dollar-storesource: Jules Morgan

From the number of articles I’ve written praising the dollar store, a logical person could assume I have stock in the industry.  Not so.  I just happen to think that dollar stores are the best thing that happened for frugal wanna-be’s since the advent of coupons.

Just in case I haven’t already sold you on dollar stores, though, I’ve compiled a list of some of the things that can be bought for a dollar.  Please note, however, not every dollar store carries every item that I listed.

Also keep in mind that some dollar store items are of poor quality.  I’ve put an * by items that are of low quality.

Tools From The Dollar Store:

  • Crazy Glue
  • Nylon Rope
  • Duct Tape*
  • Contact Cement
  • Gloves
  • Utility Knives
  • Measuring Tape
  • Paint Roller
  • Safety Goggles
  • Foam Brushes

Toys From The Dollar Store:

  • Balloons
  • Tennis Balls
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Marbles
  • Pick-Up Sticks
  • Dominoes
  • Decks of Cards
  • Puzzles
  • Plastic Animals
  • Plastic Bugs
  • Action Figures
  • Dress Up Jewelry
  • Pool Toys
  • Small Metal Cars
  • Beading Kits
  • Sand Art Kits
  • Modeling Clay
  • Jump Ropes
  • Dolls*

Crafts From The Dollar Store:

  • Stickers
  • Craft Sticks
  • Foam Balls
  • Beads
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Small Cross-Stitch Kits
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Scrapbook Kits for kids
  • Good Quality Scrapbook Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Punches
  • Buttons

Housewares From The Dollar Store:

  • Hangers
  • Picture Frames
  • Gloves
  • Potpourri
  • Toilet Paper
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Glasses
  • Cereal Bowls
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Knives
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spatulas and Ladles
  • Strainers
  • Sponges
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Can Opener
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Trash Bags*
  • Utility Bucket
  • Pitcher
  • Serving Trays
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Oven Mitts
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Detergent

Party Supplies From The Dollar Store:

  • Plastic Knives, Forks and Spoons
  • Paper Tablecloths
  • Paper Plates and Cups
  • Gift Bags
  • Party Favors
  • Gift Bows
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Party Games
  • Banners

Bath, Body and Hair Supplies From The Dollar Store:

  • Shampoo
  • Hand Lotion
  • Cologne*
  • Hand Soap
  • Socks
  • Combs and Brushes
  • Ponytail Holders
  • Scrunchies
  • Socks

Stationary and School Supplies From The Dollar Store:

  • Pencils
  • Photo Albums
  • Pens
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Composition Books
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Glue Sticks
  • Colored Glue
  • Alphabet Stencils
  • Note Pads
  • Dividers
  • Manilla Envelopes
  • Colored Paper

Think about how much these items would cost if bought elsewhere, and then decide if the dollar store it worth checking out.

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