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Money-Saver #5 from Coupons.com

by Freebies4Mom on January 20, 2009 2:46 pm

This is the fifth money-saving tip from Coupons.com, my favorite source of printable coupons. Kim Danger is the Family Savings Expert for Coupons.com and she has written these 11 money-saving tips to help you cut costs in your household and save up to $10,000 a year. Here is the fifth tip from Kim Danger:

Buy Fewer Pieces of Clothing
“Let’s face it: most of our closets are overstuffed the way it is. Wear out what you have, and when you do purchase something get it at the end of the season when it’s marked down by 50-75%. The best time to be purchasing warm weather clothing is in August; cool-weather clothing in January. Let the Mommysavers.com What’s In Store forum clue you in to markdowns and where to find the best deals. Most people are so wrapped up in the idea of image; but the truth is other people don’t pay as much attention to what you wear as you think they do. In fact, one woman in Canada wore the same thing to the office for a month and only a few people noticed. Total Savings: $1000 per year”
-Kim Danger, Family Savings Expert for Coupons.com

More Clothing Saving Tips from Freebies 4 Mom
I’ve got two toddlers and rarely go shopping for clothes for myself. But this month I discovered that my Target was having an extra 30% off their clearance clothing (most items already marked-down 75% off) so I took the time to thoroughly browse the racks and bought some new clothes while spending very little. Most items I bought cost around $4, and it wasn’t just winter clothing – I also found lots of t-shirts. After my shopping experience at Target I really believe that shopping for new clothes without spending full-price is all a matter of timing. Shop the clearance and at the end of each season and try to buy ahead for yourself and your family. If you don’t have time to check-out the in-store deals, then shop online and use Ebates to earn cash back on purchases at most online stores.

I’d love to hear your tips on saving money on your clothing purchases – please leave a comment. Another great way to add new pieces to your wardrobe is to shop at garage sales, but you’ve got to have the time for this type of treasure-hunting.

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Save 30% off one item at Bealls or Palais Royal
Sounds like a great coupon you could use on new clothes if you have one of these stores in your area.
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Mom That Makes Cents January 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

Where do I start? I don’t even remember paying full price retail for anything in a LONG time.Sales. You have to time it at the store. Gap and all their brands has a 30 day cycle. If you love something now just wait and it will go on clearance. If you see anything on the rack that ends in .99 then it will keep going down. Once you see .97 at the end of any dollar amount that is the lowest it’s going to go so don’t wait. Same holds true across all brands.Thrift stores are my obsession. Goodwill, Salvation Army, any of them. I really look and only buy top brands in great condition. Garage sales are my next. I have been buying clothes as I see them for my kids even if they are 2 3 or even 4 sizes to big. If it’s like new and cheap then I buy it and save it. I have bins and bins for every size. When they need new jeans, shoes or anything I pull the bin first and chances are I have it already!Gosh, I could write a guest post about all the ways to never pay retail!!

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Jenn January 21, 2009 at 10:08 am

That’s a really great tip, but I’ve noticed that I’m struggling with not buying clothes lately. I lost a lot of weight after having my daughter and got in a bit of a rut buying buying buying (not a bad rut, but expensive)! I’m trying to back off now, but with all the sales it’s really difficult. I find that the best two things to do is either stay away or only buy things under five dollars.

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Anonymous January 21, 2009 at 8:43 am

We have a Children’s Orchard near our house. They are a children’s consignment shop. They give either cash or store credit for “gently used” kids clothes and shoes. They also get in some new stuff from time to time.

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Susan Rodriguez January 21, 2009 at 7:24 am

I subscribe to FreeCycle.org. You post what you need and if someone in your area has it, they give it to you for FREE. I needed slippers for my boys (ages 3 and 2). Someone had them, plus a whole box of clothes her kids had outgrown.

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Heidi January 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm

A friend of mine told me about the Savers / Value Village 99 cent tag sales. Every Monday they pick a different color of tag, and everything in the store with that color tag is just 99 cents! I’ve been able to score some great deals this way, for a very small investment. 🙂

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Jessica-MomForHim January 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I always ask for a Kohl’s gift card for Christmas, since I don’t really need anything else. This way I can go and pick out a few new things each year, and at Kohl’s you NEVER need to pay full-price, since they have such good sales all the time. If it’s not on sale this week, wait until next week and it probably will be!You can also earn Kohl’s gift cards (or other gift cards) through reward programs online, like MyPoints. Let me know if you want a referral! 😉

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