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How to Save on Clothing

Faith & Finance (formerly MoneyWise)

Christian talk radio with Rob West

April 23, 2020

Is your budget feeling a little stretched? Not quite making ends meet? If your expenses have gotten a little too big for their britches maybe it's time for a little trimming on clothing. Your budgets clothing category is one place where spending a little time can save you from having to spend a lot of money. Today our host, financial planner and teacher Rob West has some shopping tips. Once a year or so, go through your closet and pull out anything you haven't worn in the last 365 days and consider dropping those items off at a consignment shop. When they sell your clothing, they'll take a cut and give you a check for the rest. If you don't have a consignment shop near you, you can do this online at sites like ThredUP, PoshMark or TheRealReal. You might also consider donating the items to Goodwill or another charity. Shop at thrift stores. You can really find some great bargains at thrift stores especially when shopping for kids where the latest fashion isn't that important. Style doesn't matter much when you're out making mud pies! Save gas by shopping for online deals. Obviously you'd look at Amazon but many retailers web sites have great deals. If you do decide to venture out into the real world, don't forget about discount stores like T.J. Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls as these often have overstock items and slightly imperfect articles at big discounts. Wherever you shop, avoid the trendy places and stick to simple or classic styles that won't go out of fashion. You can still look nice without wearing the latest from Milan! Anything you can line dry will last much longer by keeping it out of the dryer. Dryers are convenient, but are also destructive. All that lint you clean from the trap means your clothes are getting thinner. So, if you have a favorite pair of jeans, put them over the back of a chair and let them dry on their own. That'll also cut down on shrinking and will save on electricity, too.

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