Clothing yourself, a family, and a home is expensive but you don’t have to break the budget. With a little closet cleaning, party planning, and splurging, you can redirect your resources from the “spent” category straight into your savings account!
When kids are growing, their clothes practically shrink overnight! Hand-me-downs – especially for kids who don’t know any better or before they have strong opinions about what to wear – are great when kids are young and go through sizes quickly. Inheriting clothes from family or friends helps defray the costs of growing youngsters. I always asked friends who had great taste if I could have their hand-me-downs when my kids were younger. It’s win-win! Closets are cleaned out quickly from those who can no longer fit the sizes and “new to you” clothes magically appear in your child’s closet.
Don’t forget about you – what about a “naked lady party” or whatever the term is in your neck of the woods? Invite friends over for drinks and clothing swap! Whip up a signature cocktail and have your crew bring with them clothing they no longer like or plan to wear. Everyone wins here! Take leftover clothing to your local donation spot and get busy wearing your latest wardrobe additions.
Reducing FAITH Expenses: Apparel
Here are 9 strategies for reducing apparel expenses.
- Choose :: Choose classic styles that can be worn for multiple seasons. Limit purchases of trendy clothing and accessories so that your clothing can be worn for multiple seasons instead of one.
- Reduce :: Having fewer items in your closet means there’s less to keep track of. Be sure and limit the number of “dry clean only” garments and save on those costs as well.
- Learn :: Learn basic simple clothing repairs. Don’t know how to sew on a button? Ask a friends to teach you. Missing a hem in your favorite pants? Trade a service with a friend who’s handy with a sewing machine.
- Limit :: Limit the use of your dryer. Not only is this better for your clothing – all that heat is hard on fabric – but you’ll help your clothing last longer. Limiting use of the dryer will save on utility costs, too.
- Dry :: Dry your items for 10 minutes or less in the dryer to remove wrinkles and make towels soft, not crunchy. Indoor laundry lines are easy to install and you can use them all year long.
- Shop :: Shopping second-hand first can really lower the cost of buying clothing both for you and your family and your home as well. Home decorations can be bought second-hand as well. Look for quality pillows that have ugly covers. The pillows can be washed and the covers can be donated. Don’t forget about slip-covers, too. They’re a great way to extend the life of furniture.
- Move :: Try moving your furniture or accessories around before buying new pieces. Throw pillows can really update a room and cost a lot less than a new sofa or chair. Don’t forget about framing artwork with second-hand frames as an alternative to buying new pictures to adorn your walls.
- Adopt :: Adopt a new past time or find a different activity to replace shopping if that’s your favorite sport. Go for a hike or meet a friend for coffee rather than going shopping.
- Splurge :: Want to splurge? Go for it but limit your purchases to a new pair of shoes, a belt or a scarf. By adding a pretty accessory you’ll feel like it’s a whole new outfit and you only bought one new item.
Clothing yourself, a family, and a home is expensive but it doesn’t have to break the budget. Clean out closets, have a party, move furniture, splurge a little, or learn to sew – these techniques can help redirect your resources from the “spent” category straight into your savings account.
How do you limit the cost of clothing at your house?
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Amy has some great tips for cleaning out a closet on Frugal Mama – “5 Good Things You’ll Get When You Clean Out Your Closet”