4 Clever Ways To Cut Your Clothing Bill
18 Jan 2022
Around two percent of the average household’s annual budget (about $1600) is spent on clothes. It’s true that we spend more on rent and gas and utilities, but that still makes a relatively significant dent in a family’s finances, and it’s not as if we can just stop buying clothes – if you need them, you need them! Not to worry, though; here are some clever ways to ensure that your clothing bill is reduced and your savings flourish.
If you spend a little more money in the beginning, when you’re first shopping for your clothing, then you’ll find that you’re buying better quality clothing. Cheap clothing is tempting because of just that; it’s cheap. However, that cheap clothing won’t last very long, and you’ll soon be back in the store buying more of it. Over time, that’s going to add up. Buy quality items if at all possible, and you’ll find that those clothes last much longer than their cheaper counterparts, and over the same amount of time, you’ll actually spend less. The better quality the clothing, the less money you’ll have to pay all in.
Time It Right
If you really want to save money on your clothing bill, don’t buy the latest trends and fashions as they are sure to be more expensive. Buy last year’s styles, and you’ll find you can get them at bargain prices. Not many people are really going to notice that you’re not wearing ‘now’ items, and if they do, so what? You saved money, and you can use that money for better things than clothes that will fall out of fashion within a handful of months.
Make Your Own
In the modern world, it’s far easier to go to a store and buy some clothes than it is to take the time to make them yourself, but this could be something you change, and if you do, it will save you money. Once you have picked up the basics of how to make a piece of clothing yourself, you can look out for fabric shop sales to get the material at a lower price and then make whatever you want.
Not only will these clothes last longer because you’ll use better quality material, but they’ll be entirely unique, which is an exciting idea too.
Look After Them
As with anything in life, if you look after it, it will last longer, and clothes that last longer will save you plenty of money in the long term. If you store your winter or summer clothes away until the right season, invest in some plastic vacuum pack bags to keep them protected, for example. Another way to look after your clothing is to follow the instructions on the label. If they are hand wash only, it’s best to wash them by hand. If you have dry clean only clothes, you can learn to clean them at home – but make sure you know what you are doing first. Your clothes can last you a long time if you take care of them properly.