52 Money Save Ways: Week 2, Buy Your Clothes Used
As part of the 52 Week Money Challenge, I am also doing a weekly series on Money Saving tips that I have dubbed, “Money Save Way” Tips. The reason is, the old way you are doing it is a money spend way and since I am here to help you break your habits and save money, I hope you will start to do it the Money Save Ways series!
This Week’s Tip: Buy Your Clothing Used (or..at least don’t pay full price!)
With so much waste these days in our culture, you can only imagine how much is going in the garbage that is still usable and how much money being tossed away. You would be amazed at what you can find at second hand stores, thrift stores, on Craigslist and at yard sales.
Many people think that buying second hand means getting low quality and over-used.
Recently, I went to the local Value Village (a 2nd hand store kind of like the Goodwill) and got a pair of Gucci Jeans and a Coach Scarf. Retail value of these are in the hundreds of dollars. How much did I pay? Less than $20. Both were in great condition. I also happened to get a pair of Lrg jeans for my husband at the bargain price of $15. This is more than I normally spend on used clothing, but since these jeans retail for near $80, and these still had the tags attached, I went for it.
I buy second hand clothing so much I am always astonished at what clothing costs in retail prices. By shopping second hand, I save 50% to sometimes 90% off retail and part of the fun is hunting for the really awesome deals.
While savings are amazing, I would suggest some of the following tips as well:
- Always wash what you buy as soon as you get home
- Always try things on. The clothing could be stretched from the previous owner and may not be true to size.
- Always look for holes, stains and tears.
Many places will not haggle with you on price, but be ready to do it if you feel the item is over the price range you would pay. Happy thrifting and I hope you join me next week for some more “Money Save Way” tips!
If you want more tips, then definitely continue to read on how you can save money on Children’s shoes here.
Plus if you want to shop like the Pros at the Thift store, then read my tips posted here.
****We’re in week 2 of the 52 Week Challenge! If you’re the following challenge you should have deposited $2 bucks or $51 bucks (if you’re going in reverse) or another amount that’s comfortable for your budget!
Continue reading more of the 52 Money Save Ways Series
- If you missed Week’s 1- You can find it here: 52 Money Saving Ways: Week 1: Make Lists
- You can find the 52 printable, an excel tracker and more found here
- Also did you know I was going on a Spending Strike this month? Come read more about that here!