Save Money on your Clothing Budget – Tame the Closet Monster!

Save Money on your Clothing Budget – Tame the Closet Monster!

When I decided to take control of my finances, reducing the clothing budget was a serious challenge for me. Two pre-teen girls and a teenage girl certainly didn’t make life any easier.

Children grow out of their clothing before we can get it home and hang it in the closet it seems. O.K., maybe that’s an exaggeration, but not by much! It’s just as likely that the item you bought today will not be worn next month due to fashion “issues.” Taking this into consideration, it just doesn’t make sense to throw away so much of our hard earned dollars on clothing expenses.

It is also the reason that acquiring gently used and new items at budget saving resources is so satisfactory. Much of a child’s wardrobe is still in great condition when they grow out of, or no longer want to wear, the items. Many times their unwanted clothing is given away, donated to thrift stores, sold at yard sales, or offered at consignment shops.

When I decided to take advantage of these resources to save money on clothing and “tame the closet monster”, my girls were greatly disappointed. The new methods of clothing acquisition, freebies, thrift stores, yard sales, consignment shops, and clearance items weren’t exactly their style. My son wasn’t much of a challenge. Thank goodness, he’s not “fashion conscious”.

I found that changing the way I approached them on the subject made things a little easier. For instance we don’t buy “used” clothing. We buy “previously owned, unwanted, or gently worn” clothing. And, I was sure to point out the many benefits of shopping at these budget saving resources.

The thrift store where I shop is owned and operated by the National Children’s Center , a local organization that provides educational services, early intervention preschool, and child care to infants and young children with and without developmental delays. You will find that many of your local thrift stores are non-profit and support worthy charities.

I get a terrific value on name brand clothes popular with my girls peers, (Old Navy, Zana di, Paris Blues, Angel, Lei, Guess, Levi, Bubblegum, Mudd, Limited Too, Adidas). Well there’s not much I haven’t been lucky enough to find at this store. As a bonus, my purchase also supports a worthy cause. And let’s not forget that recycling these “unwanted” clothes is environmentally friendly. Everybody wins with these kinds of purchases.

These are important benefits that ease the embarrassment children sometimes experience when they shop at thrift stores. If your children are informed of all these benefits, they have the power to explain why they shop at thrift stores, if it ever comes up, and it doesn’t have be for financial reasons. The wonderful part is, it will probably never come up in a conversation with their peers. My children have never had to explain themselves. Most items are of good quality and only gently used.

You would never know we are enjoying a frugal lifestyle with a wardrobe like this! In fact, with their closest friends the girls freely brag about the terrific deals we get on clothing. Some of their friends are even envious because of the wide selection of popular brand name jeans the girls are fortunate to own. They have come to the realization that five pairs of name brand jeans at the thrift store is a whole lot better than one at the department store price.