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54 Secrets To Save On Family Clothing Purchases
- Before purchasing new clothing items, ask yourself if you really need it!
- If you charge clothing, pay your bills before "due date".
- Consider shopping at discount stores.
- Can you get along without it until a sale comes along at season's end?
- Is it a new "fad" that may be out of style in a short time?
- Shop for clothing at rummage sales, garage sales, flea markets, etc.
- Shop for used clothing at "like new" shops - see your Yellow Pages.
- Watch newspaper ads for store sales, clearances, close-outs, etc.
- Consider buying or renting a sewing machine and making it yourself.
- Save by shining your own shoes.
- Keep care costs in mind. Buy washables and save on dry cleaning bills.
- Shop for clothing at thrift shops.
- always keep your clothes clean and in good repair. They'll last longer.
- Raise cash by selling discarded clothing at garage sales, flea markets, etc.
- Alter adult's clothing for your children.
- Make minor clothing repairs yourself.
- Get old shoes repaired for longer wear: resoled, new heels added, etc.
- Buy only clothing items that are well made and will wear well.
- Stick to basic styles, colors, fabrics.
- Trade clothing items with friends & neighbors (especially children's).
- Carry a plastic raincoat to protect clothing from unexpected showers.
- Look for clothing bargains in newspaper classified ads.
- Buy versatile clothes that can be used for different occasions.
- Buy coordinated clothing so you can mix and match and have more outfits.
- donate used clothing to charities for tax deductions.
- Save older children's clothing for hand-me-downs for the younger ones.
- Hand clothes properly for longer life.
- change into old (washable) clothes for dirty at-home tasks.
- Before storing, shoes should be cleaned, polished & shoe trees inserted.
- Take extra special care of leather clothing items for lifetime wear.
- Avoid dry cleaning bills. Many spots can be removed with cleaning fluids.
- Buy dual-purpose clothing, such as reversibles, topcoat/raincoats, etc.
- If bored with a pair of shoes, consider dying them a different color.
- Use worn-out clothing for cleaning, household wipes, and "nose blowers".
- Consider saving by ordering clothing items from mail order houses.
- Buy children's clothing items a size or two larger for longer wear.
- During sales, stock up on basics: sleep wear, underwear, socks, etc.
- Teach children to care for their clothing.
- don't "kill time" in clothing stores or you may buy things you don't need.
- Get to know where to go for the best buys for certain items.
- Practice sales resistance if you can;t find exactly what you want.
- Remember that high price does not necessarily mean good quality.
- When shopping, have a definite plan and stick to it.
- If you cannot find what you want, go home without it.
- Never buy anything just because "everyone else is wearing it"!
- Buy men's suits & coats in February, April, November & before Christmas.
- Stock up on children's clothes after back-to-school sales in October.
- Buy men's shirts, socks and underwear before Father's Day in June.
- Buy women's winter coats & suits in November.
- Buy summer clothing, swimsuits, shoes & sandals during sales in July.
- Buy cocktail dresses, winter boots and furs during January sales.
- Shop "After Easter" sales for children's clothes, dresses, spring coats and fabrics (for home sewing).
- Look for spring sportswear sales during May.
- Buy ski clothing during August; other sports clothing during July sales.
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