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.
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