Ways to Save Money on Clothes for Your Family
Clothing is one of those regular expenses, like food and shelter that you really cannot do without. Rather than eliminate this expense, you can only do your best to maximize the value of your spending on clothing, and the life you get out of the clothing you do purchase. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this. Despite popular misconception, you do not need to sacrifice quality or fashion in order to save money on clothes for your family and yourself. In fact, putting more of your attention on quality and fashion can actually help you to save money on clothes. Additionally, you can further save money on clothing by focusing on your needs rather than your wants, considering the cost of care, matching multiple outfits with the same items, and following the cleaning and care instructions on clothing labels. Savvy consumers buy used clothing rather than new clothing, bargain hunt for discount clothing, and spice up the existing wardrobe with some lower-cost accessories. Choosing clothing you can wear in more than one season, repairing instead of replacing worn clothes, and swapping kids’ clothes and maternity clothes with family and friends are all good ways to save hundreds of dollars on your clothing purchases annually. The following ideas can help you begin the savings today.
Focus on Your Needs
Only buy the clothes that you and your family need, when you need them. Put practicality first and avoid impulse purchases. Only buy what you can fit in your dresser, closet and wardrobe, and if your drawers are already full, get rid of some of that clothing. Ideally, you can give it away rather than throwing it out, before you buy anything new.
Pay Heed to Quality
Sometimes paying a little more money in the short term can save you a lot more money in the long term. Quality-made clothing may tend to cost more, but it also tends to last longer. Consider the likely life you will get out of any piece of clothing you may purchase, and factor that into your value calculation. This will allow you to determine how economical a purchase that particular piece of clothing is for you.
Consider the Cost of Care
Before you purchase any item of clothing, read the label to find out its proper care and cleaning instructions. If the care and cleaning of that piece of clothing involves extra cost beyond your normal laundry expenses, such as dry cleaning or special detergent requirements, consider buying a comparable clothing item with more compatible care and cleaning instructions with your normal laundry routines.
Match Multiple Outfits
Buy clothing that matches. Choose versatile clothing in terms of color, design and usage that goes well together with other clothing you have to create multiple outfits. In so doing, you get more mileage out of each piece of clothing you own and avoid getting bored of any particular piece of clothing too soon.
You can find tremendous bargains on used clothing, including brand name and designer clothing that you might never consider buying or be able to afford to buy new. Before heading down to the department store, try shopping Goodwill, The Salvation Army and your local, trendy thrift stores first. Do not forget about yard sales, flea markets, discount centers and warehouse outlets.
Buy On Sale
Schedule your clothes shopping according to the calendar. Save your clothing purchases for end of the month and end of the season sales, clearance sales and holiday sales. Clip coupons and join store membership programs that offer discounts or cash back rewards to members. Try your best not to ever pay full price for a piece of clothing again.
Instead of buying a whole new piece of clothing to spice up your wardrobe, consider buying a stylish and versatile accessory that you can use to enhance the look of the existing clothing in your collection. The right belt, brooch or scarf can make an old outfit look brand new again.
Buy Multi-Season Wear
Instead of changing out your entire wardrobe every season, consider including some clothing in your wardrobe that you can wear in more than one season. All-weather jackets with unzippable inner linings are a good example. Buying thinner fabric clothing that you can layer on top of each other allows you to use some of the same clothing in warm weather and cold.
Repair Instead of Replace
Consider whether it might be cheaper to repair a rip, tear or hole in a piece of clothing rather than replace it. Learn how to sew and you could even save money on those repair costs. The right patch can even double as a fashion accessory that serves to breathe new life into an old piece of clothing.
Think about your friends and family with families of their own. Surely, you can find neighbors and loved ones alike who have kids, slightly older or younger than you own, with whom you can swap out old clothes. Exchanging hand-me-downs can take a huge dent out of your clothing budget. The same goes for maternity clothes and general adult clothing when people have lost or gained weight.