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Friday, February 28, 2014

Family Financial Challenge Wrap-Up #SavingMadeSimple

February is over in what seems to be a blink of the eye, and so is the month-long Financial Challenge.  We've learned a lot about ourselves over the course of the last four weeks.   We've made some progress, changed some habits and plan to stay on this journey.   

The last weekly challenge is Clothing.  I knew this was my week to shine, I am the self-professed Queen of Thrift when it comes to clothing.

It has been three years since I've purchased new clothing for myself at a retail store.  This is a huge win for me, since retail shopping is not something I enjoy.  Shopping has way too much walking involved and trying on clothing is not easy for me anymore.  I am not into thrift store shopping either, I actually really dislike thrift store shopping.

I am super lucky to have a friend who does love to shop and who is willing to sell me her used clothing and footwear.  A few times a year she sells me large bags of her clothing/shoes/jewellery/scarves.  Her clothing is in great condition and I am paying a few dollars per item.  Not everything she puts in the bag is my personal style or size.  If it isn't appropriate for me, I do one of two things - I either donate it or I turn around an sell it myself.  There are several online garage sale sites locally and I'll list my items there.

A big expense for every family is clothing children.

Children grow so quickly that often their clothing is outgrown before it is outworn.  I have found online used kids clothing sites a great resource.  I can purchase, as well as sell my gently used kids clothing from the comfort of my home.   One I've used and I'm quite please with is FlipSize.ca.  They send prepaid bags to my home for me to stuff full of clothing, which I then send back to them.  They 'buy' my quality clothing from me.  I can use my credits to purchase new-to-me clothing or cash them out.  They inspect all clothing, so I know that what I'm receiving is in good shape, and clean.  Plus it is no hassle. 

My oldest daughter may be angry at me for telling the world - but, we've purchased a lot of her name brand clothing second hand.  She is almost 16 and wants to wear the popular brand name clothing.  Last summer we found a local university student who was selling  all kinds of clothing.  We went to check it out, and my daughter has been wearing that second-hand clothing this school year.  No one would ever know - and she has the names she wanted at a fraction of the costs.  


My son is the most difficult.  Boys are very hard on their clothing, I found it really challenging to find clothing for him second hand.  He has an older cousin that he has gotten a lot of hand-me-downs from, including his suit.  For Matthew, I take advantage of great sales, like the 50% off kids clothing at Old Navy, which they do a couple of times a year.  

I can proudly say that I clothe my family for a fraction of the cost at retail.

Throughout the month, I've been challenged and inspired by the bloggers who were participating.  I've learned a lot and have plans to continue on with this journey - Saving Made Simple. 





  Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities.

21 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm SURE you're not the only one smart enough to score name brand clothing second hand. I think that's really the only way to go! Places like Plato's Closet make it easy to do!

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Flipsize is awesome! I wish it were for adults too! lol

Amy Lovell said...

Ive heard of flipsize but have never sed it. I finit easier to go t goodwill. Is i really worth it?

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

Amy, I have limited patience for digging through the racks at places like Goodwill and other thrift stores. So, for me, I really enjoy online used clothing shopping. They have a no dud guarantee and I've never been disappointed with what I've bought.

Darlene Schuller said...

I raised 4 girls and 1 boy, he was the worst to shop for! Very very hard on his clothing as he was into skateboarding.

Francine Allain said...

clothes and shoes are something we always buy new. (sorry we don't know if they were around smokers, pets... even if you get them looking clean and get the smells out it can still be contaminated with smoke chemicals. and shoes are supposed to conform to your kids feet, I have heard it can cause issues to reuse footwear for other kids especially while their feet are still developing. I had foot problems growing up so we don't want to risk it for the kids.)

but anyway I can still get great deals on new clothes and shoes. I wait for the clearance sales. (around here the clearance sales are often cheaper than buying used anyway.) for example I got myself a 90$ pair of pants for 25$ used would have been 40-50$. I got a pair of sneakers on clearance for 15$ regular 60$

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

Wow! Those are some great deals you find, Francine.

I've never found used kids shoes that are in good shape, so that is something I buy new as well. I find SportsChek good for buying shoes - I like their buy one, get one 50% off deal.

Thank you for your comment and sharing your perspective.

Debbie said...

You should be proud of finding the deals. There is no shame in saying "I found this in Value Village" and it looks brand new.
(Debbie W)

christina s said...

There is hardly any room in my budget for clothing, thrift shopping is my favorite!

sensfan4eva said...

clothing is expensive for how quickly they grow out of it, then they become the age where certain brands are only good enough so I agree on getting deals while they will still wear whatever you choose

flowerchild said...

I have bought from flipsize and they have amazing prices, I have yet to send in any of my kids clothes

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

Flipsize sounds great!

Susan T. said...

I buy a lot of used clothes online and have saved tons of money! Ebay and Trendtrunk are awesome!

Anna .w said...

I rarely buy clothes for my children. They are on the smaller side so when ever their friends grow out of clothes I am usually offered them for my kids ( and I gladly accept!)

fredamans said...

Sounds like you did very well, even with your limits. Good job!

Amy Brown said...

I love to buy second hand for my daughter. She is very finicky about her clothes being baggy (she likes them baggy) and I find if we try on new clothes in the store when I get it home it shrinks in the wash and she won't wear it. The great part of second hand clothes is when she tries them on they are already shrunk. The other thing is she likes the clothes very soft and when they've been worn already they are usually nice and soft. I always find good quality brand names at very affordable prices, for example a polo dress she loves and is practically brand new I bought for only $4!

Brandee H said...

Kids clothes can get pricey!!! I love scoring great deals!! My local consignment store sells end of season items for a dollar. I try to stock up for the following year. I also dont buy much. My son reminds he doesnt need a dozen sweaters!! He always has a favourite!

Victoria S said...

Congrats on completing the challenges! I myself love shopping at thrift stores and have picked up many brand name items at second-hand stores. Victoria Ess

Jeannie Lam said...

Good for you for finishing the challenge. I like to buy clothes out of season when they go on clearance for next year.

Josh Siemens said...

I had not heard of flipsize before.

Tanis S said...

We like to buy at thrift/discount stores, too!