Save Thousands By Being Organised!!
March 1, 2007 12:16pm CST
I have saved thousands of dollars on clothes for my family over the last decade. No matter how big your family, you can do the same; the key is to keep their wardrobes organised. Go through your family's wardrobes at the end of each season. Decide which items you'll store, pass along or sell (on auction sites or consignment shops, for example). Keep your notebook handy and write down what each person will require for that season next year and also anything required for the coming season. Buy the appropriate size at the end of season sales and start hunting down bargains for the coming season if you don't have everything they need. I often find kids' clothes on the auction sites that are brand name current fashions in great condition, for a fraction of what I'd pay at the local children's boutique. These clothes last through many washes and still get passed along to younger siblings. Buying a few quality items can often save money over buying a bunch of chain-store 'bargains'. Many people comment on how lovely my children look - all six of them. There would be no way we could afford to pay full retail price on kitting them out each year, and we wouldn't want to. By taking care of their clothes (washing gently, mending faults, and removing stains) and accepting hand-me-downs over the years, the money we have saved runs into the many thousands.
• United States
2 Mar 07
Good tips...you sound like a very organized person. Hand-me-downs, thrift stores, and consignment shops are great resources that many people under use or refuse to use. I don't understand people who hate anything that's secondhand. Buying all new, expensive clothing especially for a child who will either outgrow it or stain/destroy it after one or 2 uses makes no sense to me.
• United States
1 Mar 07
I can honestly say that this is some of the best infomation i have seen here latlely ...what a great idea to sell the clothing that the kids can no longer wear... as for sorting through each season that is a great way to know which clothes they will need for the next season too ... get two for one with that idea ...thanks for sharing this ... :D
1 Mar 07
This is really true, nowadays we need to be practical and organized to save whatever we can since the cost of living is really soaring high. Though we haven't tried selling our some used clothes on auctions and bargains here in the Philippines, but yes, we did try buying some second hand clothes which are still in good condition from the bargain and thrift stores here (we call them "ukay-ukay"). That indeed save us a lot. And yeah, we also pass along the clothes that won't fit us anymore to our younger siblings, and even cousins and friends.