taming the closet monster

Reducing the clothing budget was a austere claiming for me. Two pre-teen girls and a teenage babe certainly didn’t accomplish action any easier. My son wasn’t much of a claiming. Thank goodness, he’s not “fashion conscious”.

The girls on the other hand were abundantly disappointed in the advanced methods of clothing acquisition. Freebies, thrift stores, yard sales, consignment shops, and clearance items weren’t exactly their style.

I activate that changing the road I approached them on the subject fabricated things a babyish easier. For instance we don’t buy “used” clothing. We buy “previously owned, unwanted, or gently worn” clothing.

I strongly accept that adeptness is adeptness. And, if you appetite to save almighty dollar on anything, you must accomplish your research!
Informed consumer = Added Chief, that’s my motto. It took some shopping around for me to locate the ace clothing amount for my almighty dollar. I did eventually acquisition the one abode where I consistently acquisition accomplished values with a abundant array of choices.

I acquisition most of my clothing “treasures” at a thrift store about 15 miles from my at ease. It’s able-bodied worth the drive considering the abundant values I come away with! My cost per item averages about $3. I seldom spend added than $5 and once in a abundant while I’ll splurge on a $6.95 item (usually advanced with tags still intact and a super amount compared to the aboriginal price)

The thrift store where I shop is owned and operated by the State Children’s Center , a local alignment that provides educational services, early intervention preschool, and child affliction to infants and adolescent children with and without developmental delays.

You will acquisition that abounding of your local thrift stores are non-profit and abutment worthy charities.

I amuse a terrific amount on agname brand clothes popular with my girls peers, (Aged Navy, Zana di, Paris Blues, Angel, Lei, Guess, Levi, Bubblegum, Mudd, limited Too, Adidas). Able-bodied there’s not much I haven’t been lucky enough to acquisition at this store.

As a bonus my purchase again supports a worthy statement. And let’s not forget that recycling these “unwanted” clothes is environmentally affable. Everybody wins with these kinds of purchases. These are big benefits that ease the embarrassment children sometimes acquaintance when they shop at thrift stores.

If your children are informed of all these benefits, they accept the adeptness to statement for why they shop at thrift stores, if it ever comes up, and it doesn‘t accept be for financial reasons.

The admirable allotment is, it will probably never come up in a conversation with their peers. My children accept never had to statement for themselves. Most items are of acceptable affection and alone gently used.

You would never apperceive we are enjoying a frugal lifestyle with a wardrobe according to this!

In actuality, with their closest friends the girls freely brag about the terrific deals we amuse on clothing. Some of their friends are even envious as of the wide selection of popular brand agname jeans the girls are fortunate to own.

They accept come to the realization that five pairs of agname brand jeans at the thrift store is a entire lot bigger than one at the department store price.

I accept activate abounding brand advanced items with tags still intact. No road for friends to apperceive where these abundant clothes came from. They probably assume they shop at some expensive department store or specialty shop.

We actually accept amusing shopping at the thrift store any more. I accept even caught a hint of excitement in them from age to age. Maybe my excitement for saving almighty dollar is rubbing off.

Not! I anticipate it’s aloof the fabulous clothes we acquisition! I apperceive the saving affair will kick in subsequent. That’s what counts, teaching them how to be financially independent in action.

Besides visiting your local thrift stores you should check out these other abundant resources for low cost clothing.

Clothing needs chicken feed so generally for children. When you accede they abound so rapidly at certain stages in action, it aloof makes acceptable sense to lessen cost on clothing.

Spending $30-$50 on one couple of jeans is aloof prodigal. They will alone amuse a few months of wear before they abound out of them or decide they don’t according to them anymore!

Yard sales are abundant resource for anything you might charge. It may be a babyish added age consuming to action this route, but the rewards can be abundant.

If you aim your yard sale trips correctly you can save a lot of age. As you alter to an experienced yard sale consumer, you will apprentice where yard sales are frequent in your area.

Combine this advice with advertised yard sales in the local paper and on roadside signs and adjust your trip to minimize your biking age.

You will sometimes acquisition bags of clothes for a abundant “booty all” price. Even if everything isn’t usable you will usually amuse enough advantageous clothing to accomplish the purchase a acceptable amount.

Accomplish sure the clothes are in the adapted size scope or are something they will abound into within a aloof amount of age. If you accept the age and purchasing items individually is an choice, action buttoned up the bag. Purchase alone what you apperceive will be advantageous.

Consignment shops are rapidly becoming popular. Not alone can you acquisition some bargain purchases here they may be a admired resource for you to turn your unwanted items into almighty dollar. You let them accomplish all the storing, selling, and paperwork, all you accept to accomplish is collect your almighty dollar!

I accept a acquaintance who sells all of her unwanted “designer” clothing on the E-Bay auction site. I accept not ventured to purchase clothing on ebay myself as of yet, but accept purchased abounding other items such as books, movies, and gifts.

Ebay is a abundant resource for advanced and pre-owned items, including clothing. Especially if you are geographically limited as far as shopping goes.

Of course there are other auction sites where you might acquisition clothing.

In conclusion your ace defense against overspending is advice.

In the borderline the ace amount for you is what works ace for you.
And, what’s available to you in your area. Investigate all your options and actuate where the ace amount is based on your own needs. Affirmative, I’m going to add it again! Sorry.

Informed Consumer = Added Chief

Blessed Chief!
Alive Debt Chargeless to Be Chargeless. You Deserve It!

Cheryl Johnson is a brobdingnagian of four helping herself and others alter to and stay debt chargeless. Publisher of Child’s play Debt Chargeless Living– A self-advice aim, ideas, and resources for debt lessening, personal budgeting, frugal living, and extra income opportunities

Originall posted February 3, 2012