Finding frugal clothing to buy that won’t break the bank but will still make you feel like a million dollars is not a pipe dream but a reality with a little careful planning.
My partner and I are terrible clothes buyers, we always have been. We wear clothes until they absolutely fall apart and both of us just aren’t the sorts of people that really enjoy clothes shopping. Does that make us good frugal living examples?
However this means that we end up with only a few items of clothing left in good enough condition to wear, meaning that we have to go on one big frugal clothing shopping trip. However there are benefits of this type of big shopping trip.
We time our trips to the sales seasons – This is a really great way to buy all the latest styles but at a fraction of the cost they were only a few short weeks ago.
The January sales are really good to stock up on winter woollies for the next cold season. That way you are not forced to go out and buy warm clothing at their full price as soon as it starts to get chilly the following autumn.
It helps to coordinate your wardrobe – I used to find when I didn’t go frugal clothing shopping in my teens that I would buy a piece of clothing here and there and something else the week after, and end up with a wardrobe where nothing went together.
This forced me to go out and try and find something else that would match and make an outfit. (When I remember some of the terrible combinations I used to wear it makes me shudder).
Budget – It also allows me to have a budget for my frugal clothing shopping sprees and prevents me from over spending. It is a good idea to set your self a yearly amount that you consider will come within your budget for your clothes buying.
It can be all too easy to buy clothes willy nilly but when you have a budget figure to keep to, it stops you and makes you think twice, do I really need this item?
Before you embark on your frugal clothing plan, it is essential to know just what you do have lurking in those wardrobes. Hands up how many of you have items of clothing in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in years.
Yes I thought so, I was just the same. For some reason I was hanging onto a Boy George tee shirt that I used to wear in my teens. I can’t really imagine myself wearing it now that I am nearly forty (well only if I want to embarrass my partner).
If we know what we already own we won’t be tempted to buy a similar item and your clothes budget will stretch and stretch to last the whole year.
Tips on sorting out wardrobe
Many more of us are now becoming more aware of reducing our waste and recyclingitems. This includes clothing and many more people are either selling their old clothes or are giving them away to charity shops.
This is great news for our frugal budget and we now have far more choice on style and quality than we may have done a few years before. The best places to look for cheap clothing are:
Share share alike
One of the things I grew up with was sharing and swapping my clothes with my family and friends. This is something that can be continued into adulthood under the guise of coffee mornings and other informal gatherings.
Why not arrange with your neighbours and friends a swapping clothes party, keep it fun and informal and everyone will not only go away with some new item of clothing fro free but a nice time will have been had by all.
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