Clothing is Getting Expensive: How to Save
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Clothing is Getting Expensive: How to Save

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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Despite raw cotton prices declining a bit, some analysts are predicting that clothing prices will continue to soar. There are many factors that are contributing to the price increase, from soaring gas prices that make transporting good more expensive to the fact that manufacturers are still using cotton fabric that was purchased months ago at higher prices.

Recently, clothing made out of denim fabric, such as those comfy jeans, rose by 30 percent, and clothing manufacturers say that they won’t be lowering prices anytime soon. In fact, further price hikes may be expected, and not just on denim but on many other types of clothing as well.

The picture isn’t very promising, and if you are like me trying to get out of debt, justifying paying 30 percent more for a pair of jeans can be tough. But clothing is one of the basic necessities, so we still have to buy it, despite the price increases.

It is time to pull out all of the stops and find ways to save on clothing.

Combine Coupon Codes with Store Sales

One of the best ways to save on clothing is to pay attention to online coupon codes and clearance sales at clothing stores. You can get some amazing deals when you combine the codes and the sales together. For example, I bought name brand outfits for my daughter at less than $3 a piece by doing this. Gap, Old Navy, The Children’s Place, Sears, JC Penny and Kmart are a few of the stores where you can get great bargains using this technique.

Make It Last Longer
Another simple way to save money on clothing is to take a little extra time to make sure that the clothing you already have lasts longer. Purchase classic pieces and limit the trends to less expensive accessories.
You can also put off having to replace worn pieces of clothing by making sure that you slow down the wearing out process. Use gentle detergents and hang dry or lay items flat to dry whenever possible. Treat stains immediately and don’t let dirty clothing sit, where oils and dirt can start to decay the fabric.

Shop Second Hand

Getting your clothing second hand is actually very in right now. You can find great gently used designer clothing pieces for a fraction of the price new at consignment shops. Even thrift stores, such as Goodwill, offer new with tags items that are donated in previous seasons by store giants, such as Target.

Children’s outgrown sales are a great way to outfit your kids with barely worn clothing for only a dollar or two a piece. Look for announcements of these sales at churches, schools and community centers.

Despite rising clothing prices, you can save cash, yet still dress like a million dollars, when you follow these money saving tips. Keep your money in your pocket instead of in the cost of your jeans.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.