Clothing is one of those expenses that you just can’t get away from. No matter how hard you try to cut expenses, you still need to get new clothes every now and then. This is especially true for families with children who are outgrowing their clothes and shoes at a rapid pace. Here are five quick and easy tips to help you save money on clothes for you and your family.
Shop for Used Clothing at Thrift Stores
First, always check out used clothing at thrift stores before heading to the mall to purchase new clothes. While the selections can be limited at times, you might be surprised at the quality of items you can buy at your local thrift shop. It’s easy to find name brands at a fraction of the cost you’d expect to pay in stores or even on the internet. Thrift shops simply cannot be beat for the overall value.
Buy New Clothes Online
If you’re looking for new items for a special occasion, or you just can’t find that perfect pair of baby jeans from places like Chunkabuns, try shopping around online. Most sites also allow for returns, in case the item is not what you were expecting or does not fit, but always read the fine print before purchasing, just to be sure.
Learn to Sew and Repair Worn Clothing
Back in the day, nobody threw out a pair of pants just because it had holes in the knees. Everyone and their grandma knew how to sew a patch onto an old garment to get a few more miles out of it. If you’re hurting for cash these days, you might want to look into that. Some patches are actually really stylish and can add a fun, hippy-chic vibe to your wardrobe.
Trade Your Kids’ Clothes Once They Outgrow Them
If your kids are outgrowing their clothes quickly, you might want to connect with other families in your area to swap clothes. You can find groups like these through Facebook, MeetUp and Craigslist, or you can see if there are similar co-op groups that meet through your kids’ school or church.
Sell Old Clothes for Cash
Lastly, if you take good care of your clothes, you can sell them online for a decent price. Just keep in mind that buyers can be picky, and they’ll quickly return any items that are not in the exact condition you described in your listing. So be sure to look every item over closely and take photos of any frays, holes or tears in the fabric.
Saving money on clothing can be pretty easy, once you know how to use internet marketplaces and local thrift shops. By taking a little extra effort and time to find good deals, you can save a lot of money on clothes, shoes and accessories.
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