06 March 2013

25 Strategies to Stretch Your Money - No. 3

Strategy No. 3 Take Care of Clothing

It is very easy to spend a lot of money on clothes, mostly because they are not properly cared for. In fact next to food, clothing is often the next largest category in a family's Spending Plan. It's easy to keep the clothing bill down (and the family well dressed) if you just take proper care of your clothes.

Re-hang clothing that’s been worn just a couple of hours and wear it again before laundering (constant washing and drying is hard on your clothes and is a significant factor in it looking worn and shabby after just a few wears). 

Use covers to protect out of season or clothes you don't wear very often from dust.  

Pre-wash by hand as soon as possible any clothing that gets a stain (give stains a rub with Stain Removing Soap and let them soak until washing time).  

Change from your work clothing to lower cost t-shirts and shorts or slacks when you get home to ensure you get at least a few years from your work clothes. Have children change out of school uniforms when the come home – they’ll get another wear out of them. And make sure they wear their after-school clothes for the week – they’ll only be in the a couple of hours before bath time and bed.

Do any repairs as soon as they are required - sew on that button, fix that hem, patch that hole in the knee - and your clothes will always be presentable and you'll get a lot more wear out of them.

1 comment:

  1. Wearing a house apron will also protect your clothes.


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