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Building A Wardrobe the Frugal Way

Article by: Renee
Dated: May 28, 2006

Building A Wardrobe the Frugal WayEditor's note: Catch Renee's appearance in the June 6th edition of Quick & Simple magazine, on newsstands May 31st, 2006 through June 6th, 2006! For more information on where you can pick up this magazine, please click HERE!

In the past year, I've lost 80 pounds. That definitely has its advantages, but one of the disadvantages frugally was needing to buy almost all new clothes. Here are some tips that will help you build your wardrobe frugally, whatever the reason.

1. Hand Me Downs aren't just for kids. Do you know someone that used to wear the size you wear? Someone who might have things they no longer want? Someone you wear the same size as that you could trade clothes with? I had two people who had also lost weight offer me their hand me downs, and they got me through some in-between sizes.

2. Shop sales. Shop sales. Shop sales. Never pay full price for clothes. Learn the sale cycle for your favorite stores.

3. Inventory your closet. Find the things that have fallen on the floor and been pushed to the back. Get rid of things that don't fit, are out of style, or aren't flattering. I can say from experience, that if you do fit your size sixes again, they'll be out of style. Once you know what you actually have, decide what you NEED before shopping. Make a list and stick to it.

4. Buy based on your lifestyle. I try not to have more than one pair of black pants, because with seven cats, black pants really aren't practical.

5. Try clothes on before you take them home. I'm really bad at this. Many things look much better on the hanger than on you. If you are never going to wear it, it is not a deal.

6. Try to buy used first. I've had the best luck at consignment stores for clothing, but others on our boards have good luck at thrift stores. Find your local resources for used clothing and look there first. Rummage sales and yard sales can also be a good source of cheap clothing.

7. Plan ahead! If you need a dress for an event that night, you are much more likely to pay full price for something you only somewhat like. It takes time to find the perfect dress at the perfect price.

Most important, enjoy the thrill of the hunt! It is so much fun to find a great price on something you know you will be able to wear for years!
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