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Saving Money On Clothing And Personal Care

Saving Money On Clothing And Personal Care

Clothing and personal care expenses may be necessary, but there are ways to cut costs and save money.

Clothing

* Buy only because you need clothing and buy only those items that will fit into your present wardrobe. If you are choosing between two outfits, buy the one that goes best with what you already have.

* Buy good, usable clothing from thrift shops, garage sales, warehouse outlets, discount centers, and yard sales. Check any purchases first for stains or worn spots.

* Make purchases during sales time: clearance, end-of-month, or end-of-season.

* Buy versatile clothes that will expand your wardrobe, i.e., a sweater you can wear with two pairs of slacks you already have.

* Instead of buying new clothes, buy accessories that give a new look to the clothes already in your closet.

* Buy multi-season clothes such as an all-weather coat with a zip-in lining.

* Remodel or recycle an outfit you already own.

* Use cloth diapers and launder them yourself.

* If you know how to sew, consider saving by sewing your own clothes, but estimate costs carefully. You may be able to buy certain items on sale for less than you would spend on fabric and supplies.

* Share or trade sewing skills with family members or others in your community.

* Swap outgrown children’s and/or maternity clothes with neighbors or friends. Consider doing the same with shoes, ice skates, sports equipment, baby accessories, activity or school uniforms, etc.

Clothing Care

* Always consider care costs before purchase by checking the care label. Washing by machine costs less than dry cleaning.

* Keep clothes clean and in good repair. Remove stains promptly.

* Store clothes properly to protect from sun, moths, mildew, stretching, etc.

* Protect shoes and other leather items from water and salt stains.

* Buy minimum-care clothing: washable, dark colors. Dark clothes usually show wear less than light colors — especially coats, slacks, etc.

* Use self-dry-cleaning services and dry-clean your own clothes. Make sure all stains are removed before dry-cleaning. Self-dry-cleaning kits don’t usually work well on oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, etc.

* Share a dry-cleaning load with a friend if you don’t have enough for a full load.

Personal Care

* Use a mixture of baking soda and salt for brushing teeth.

* Buy personal care items from discount stores or wherever you find a personal care product on sale.

* Buy necessary items such as shampoo and toothpaste at reduced prices when stores offer “specials.” Stock up on specials but no more than you can reasonably use within the life of the product.

* Compare generic, store, and national prices — you may be paying for advertising.

* Give haircuts and permanents at home. Adopt a hair style you can manage yourself and which doesn’t need expensive care products and/or upkeep.

* Try inexpensive cosmetics. Similar ingredients are used in like cosmetic products. The difference in price is often due to promotion and advertising costs.

* Watch for coupons and rebates for personal care products.

Reader Question: What are some of your tips for saving money on clothing and personal care

 

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7 Responses to “Saving Money On Clothing And Personal Care”

  1. elle says:

    I save 4800 a year on my hair by cutting it short, wearing it natural and dying it myself at home. Previously I was spending 200 a month to have my hair relaxed and colored. I also stopped using acrylic nails and go in maybe once a month for a full mani/pedi, saving me $120 a month. The dollar store is a wonder for toilet paper, feminine napkins, toothpaste, soap, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies. But compare these items to the same items at costco. Sometimes its cheaper there and sometimes its not. The point being is to buy items you need everyday in bulk at the cheapest price possible.

  2. I generally save money on clothing by not buying any. I think I have items in my wardrobe that I was wearing when my kids were small! I bought two shirts the other day for the first time in I don’t know when because I actually needed them. And I made sure to select items that went with clothes I already have that I can still wear.
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  3. These all are great ideas.
    All so durning the spring and summer
    time hang the lanudry on the line it
    will say money.

    All so you can make meals up and find other
    family to do the same and you can swap meals.
    You need at least 3 family to do this.

    Hope these help Bonnie
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  4. Leigh says:

    I definitely recommend on learning sewing. I took a pair of my favorite pants in to get fixed and it cost me over half of their original cost.

    Being able to do that myself would have made the repair so much more economical.

    I’ve also been experimenting with a no shampoo method for my hair but I don’t think that’s for everybody.
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  5. Jodie says:

    I have begun teaching my daughters how to sew, especially since one is into fashion at the early age of 7. But again, some patterns and fabrics cost more than you would pay for a pretty dress from Target. Sewing does help in repairing clothes, like hemming uniforms and pants, to save on having someone else fix it. Darning socks is a lost tradition. I have also been selling and buying children’s quality clothing on auction websites, the trick there is to sell stuff and then use those funds to buy stuff, so you’re not spending your everyday to upgrade to the next size. :-)
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  6. David Allen says:

    Save money by showering with a friend.
    At this time of the year we get free hot water from the solar panels on the roof. So we can get in the shower solo.

    I save money with driving my car like a granny except for the accidents…. With the cost of petrol getting so high I like driving slow. Also good to always have an open road in front of you. There might be a bit of a queue behind sometimes but I never worry about that.
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  7. Being a single Father i am already forced to be a “thrifty” shopper but these tips are actually very helpful! I dunno about that salt and baking soda on your teeth one though!

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