Frugal Clothes Buying Tips
End of the Year Sales - The end of the year is the time to be sure and
go to your favorite thrift store. Many people clean out their closets at the end
of the year and make donations for the tax write off. Clothing, and other items,
should be processed and in the stores.
Fiber Content - Be sure to check the content of the fabric on the
clothing you buy. If your garment has to be sent to the dry cleaner, every time
you have that garment cleaned, you are paying for it again and again. Some items
that say they need to be sent to the dry cleaner can be washed by hand, and then
laid out to dry, or you may be able to use a home dry cleaning kit.
Hangers - Take the hangers home with you, if possible, and recycle the
hangers for your personal use. If there are clips on the hanger, use a
metal saw to free them and use them to hold items together or close food bags
like potato chips or cookies.
Shopping in the Girl's Department - Clothing made for girls is less
expensive. If you can find clothing that fits you, and looks age appropriate,
this is also a good place to check. Even if you can't wear the clothing, you may
be able to buy shoes.
Sizes - You can save a lot of money buying clothes second hand, or new
on ebay. However, you won't be saving money if they don't fit. The key is
knowing the designers of the clothing, and how they size their clothing. Size 10
made by one designer may be the same as Size 12 by another designer. The only
way to deal with this is to try on different brands of clothing in the store and
make sizing notes. Then you can find some good deals online or at yard sales,
and buy with confidence.
Unisex Clothing - Clothing for men costs less than the same clothing
for women. Many clothes can be unisex, such as sweats, flannel shirts and shoes.
Don't be afraid to wonder over to the other side of the aisle when shopping for
Seasonal Sales - The best time to buy clothing on sale for the next
year is at season's end. This is when most stores are clearing out the last of
their winter clothing and the merchandise is heavily discounted. You will find
sales for children before the new school year, but the deepest discounts will be
at the end of the school year.