Clothing is a big expense in a family. Especially if you have growing little ones. But even if you are a fashionista, you can still save hundreds on your clothing budget with a little strategizing. Throughout this week, I’ll share my favorite ways to save without compromising quality. We begin with a trip to the thrift store.
As a reformed thrift store snob, I know what some of you may be thinking. But mixed in with the stuff from the back of grandma’s closet, you’ll often find some amazing bargains on great brand-name clothing. I have found everything from handbags to halloween costumes, dress shirts to designer jeans. That’s not a rare occurrence. I’m talking every. Single. Month.
You can realize the best success by following a few tips:
- Talk to an employee – Find out if there are regularly scheduled discount days and sales. Some stores even have an email list to keep customers apprised of events and special discounts.
- Note store hours – Many stores are closed at least one day per week, but they often still accept donations during this time. The following day is a great day to shop because they have an extra day of donations available.
- Visit more than one store – Not all thrift stores are created equal. Be sure to check out all the thrift stores in your immediate area to determine if there is one that suits your needs and preferences better than the others.
- Go 2-4 times per month – Some weeks I hit the motherload. Other weeks I walk out empty handed. The trick is to remain consistent and take the deals as I find them. In the long run, the money I save more than pays for the time investment.
For most families, having a wardrobe consisting entirely of thrift store finds is not realistic or desirable (although I’m sure a few of you are doing it successfully!) For me, it is one of many tools I use to keep our clothing budget low. It’s usually where I begin my shopping, so I can realize the biggest savings.
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another of my favorite tricks. If you have any, please share in the comments!
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