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    Default Tips for Saving Money on Clothing

    Although many consumer items have actually reduced in price over the last few years (most notably, computer and electronic items) the cost of clothing has seen a continuing upward spiral. In addition, a purchase price that not too long ago bought a good quality garment now seems to buy virtually "throw away" clothing. With some planning, though, it is possible to maintain clothing purchases that are in line with your family budget.

    Buy separates that coordinate. You can make numerous combinations with a few well matched items. For women, jackets, slacks, skirts and blouses can be mixed and matched to create many different outfits. Plus you can change the look of these outfits with accessories such as jewelry or scarves. Men's clothing offers a wide variety of separates that can be coordinated: blazers, slacks, shirts and ties can all be interchanged to create a versatile wardrobe with a minimum of expense.

    Buy a season ahead. Buy next year's winter clothes at the end of this season and save. The styles won't change that much (if at all) and you will pocket a big difference in the price.

    If you are "hard" on clothes, buy quality. Buying an $80 pair of shoes that will last saves money in the long run instead of having to buy 3 pairs of $35 shoes that don't hold up.

    Stay away from trendy fashions. Stick with the basics. You can always be sure you clothing styles will last from year to year when you buy perennial stand-bys such as medium length A-line skirts and solid tailored blazers for women or neutral color shirts and tailored to semi-tailored sports coats for men.

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    Default Re: Tips for Saving Money on Clothing

    Our favorite way to save on clothing is to hit the thrift stores. We got one near us that sells everything for 20 cents an item. Occasionally we find stuff we just take home and wear but what we really look for if types of fabrics and colors we want. My daughter made her own formal gown last year for 86 cents. It was the greatest formal at the formal dance in Kansas City last year! Everyone wanted to know where she got it! She designed it herself and used two different peices of clothing and a little trim from walmart. One of the girl's there offered her $300 cash if she'd sell it to her! It's fun to go browsing at the thrift store and just go for the fabric in an outfit instead of trying to find something you can wear as is!

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    Shop Before You Need Something - So many of us wait until the very last minute to shop for something to wear for a special occasion. Purchasing clothes on impulse or at the last minute is more often than not going to cost more. Chances are you will also find you don't wear the article of clothing again and that is always wasteful spending. Plan ahead so you have time to look for the best price and take the time to pick an item you love and you know you will wear again.

    Shop at the end of the season - If you shop for new clothes at the beginning of a season you will sometimes catch early sales but more than likely you will pay top dollar for new season items. If you plan ahead and shop at the end of the season for next year you will find super low prices. Buy staples, not ultra stylish items as you may find you don't like them next year. Buy only items you know you will wear and avoid buying something because it is really cheap unless you know you'll wear it. Money spent is still money spent.

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