Friday, July 23, 2010

Frugal Friday

First, I'd like to apologize for the posting glitch on Monday. I had several people email and post comments that the pictures and info weren't showing up. Thank you so much for letting me know! When I'm logged in I can see the post just fine, but apparently no one else can. I've had this happen one or two other times and I'm not quite sure why, but for some reason posting a comment on my own blog does the trick! Now, back to Frugal Friday tips...

Today's tip is about clothes shopping. I know, I know, it's No Spend Month and I'm talking about shopping. Go figure (: Goodwill has become one of my favorite places. Not only are there great finds at great prices, but the money spent there is going to a good cause and helping the community.

Oh! Don't you just love the way they organize the racks by colors!! Why would you pay full price for a perfectly good designer suit when the same suit could be purchased at Goodwill for under $15? Much of the clothing donated to Goodwill has never been worn and many times the tags are still on the garments.

My mother lost a lot of weight and purchased quite a few new pieces from her favorite clothing store only to loose more weight. The new pants and shirts she just purchased no longer fit. Mom didn't want to spend even more money after the first investment, so off to Goodwill she went!

She was able to purchase 1 fitted blazer, 3 pairs of dress pants, 1 pair of jeans, 2 cardigan sets, 4 sweaters and 4 blouses for under $70 and almost all of the items were designer names. She would have easily spent over $500 for the exact same items had she gotten them from the original stores.

Many places have one day set aside for replenishing merchandise. Ask the store manager when they get in new items and visit on those days to get first pick. Set a budget, look for basic key pieces and build a wardrobe that suits your lifestyle. Once you have a good foundation of basics, then add trendy, fashionable items that can be switched out as the styles change and don't forget to spend some of that money you've just saved on great shoes that will last.

I'm no slave to fashion and prefer to choose something comfy over something dressy, but love it when elegance and comfort collide (: Just be yourself. Clothing does no define who you are or determine your worth. They're just clothes for goodness sake! Find something that makes you smile and go with it! When you feel good on the inside, it shines on the outside (:



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18 comments:

  1. Smart lady! When I lost weight the same thing happened repeatedly. It got to were even the thrift store was a bit expensive! She might try places that resell or consignment too. That way she could maybe get some stuff free or the trade value on clothes she can no longer wear.:)

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  2. I love Good Will and know they have great bargains... after all, I drop some pretty nice clothes there myself :) Thanks for the reminder to shop there. It's been a while... be blessed, bobbi

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  3. Hey I know what you mean about Goodwill! I used to shop there all the time for clothing...when they had sales. My Goodwill is not that clean or organized and they have raised all their prices. I'm a huge fan of Belk and Kohls when they have huge clearance sales. You can get brand new for less than Goodwill prices. Check it out if you have one near by!

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  4. I love Goodwill for home projects, but I am always afraid of the clothes. (Although I did recently make a Pottery Barn knock-off pillow out of a Goodwill sweater)I don't know why, I just have a mental block against it. I'm freaked out by the idea that I could be wearing the clothes of a dead person- Like when my grandpa died and we donated all his clothes.(For some reason that thought does not freak me out when it comes to furniture or home accessories.) I must be a weirdo. Although, if our Goodwill looked like yours I would be much more inclined to wear their clothes! Ours is not nearly that clean or well-organized! Yours looks beautiful!

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  5. Love Goodwill!! We went to Georgia last weekend, and there was a Goodwill Emporium just 3 blocks from where we were staying. Spent 2 1/2 hours and $38, came home with 5 skirts, 3 shirts, and 2 skirts for my 2 year old!! I would have spent several hundred at a store. Plus, two of the items I bought still had the store tags! Love it!!!

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  6. Stephanie, you're so funny (: We all have things that freak us out a little. I can understand what you mean. I like to focus on the clothes that have tags and you'd be surprised at how many new items people drop off because they just had them sitting in their closets.

    This particular Goodwill is close by a very wealthy community and the items reflect that. So glad it's there (:

    Melissa, that is great! Goodwill makes the perfect place to shop for kids clothes. They grow out of them so fast anyway (:

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  7. OK... I have just got to get better at our local GW or find a new one. I'm just a GW flunkie. Sigh.

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  10. Oh Debbie, don't despair (: It could just be the Goodwill location. Don't forget to ask the manager about their replenishing day. Ours is Tuesday so when I'm looking for something I usually go on Tuesdays.

    Thanks so much Regan! I appreciate it (:

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  11. I LOVE thrift shops. At Goodwill, they have new stuff there from Target! With tags! My favorite purse (right now) was purchased at the assistance league thrift shop for $3.50.

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  12. Thanks so much for finding my site so I could find yours. Enjoyed my visit this morning and hope to be able to drop in again soon.
    Your home is lovely. I sure could use you around the ole farmhouse to make it lovely too.
    Have a great weekend and thank you for joining my site
    Take care
    Maggie

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  13. Good idea to ask when they replenish. Great idea to shop first at GoodWill. Why not? Why spend more than you have to? Same applies to Aldi for groceries.

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  14. My closest Goodwill is awful! Maybe I should try another location before throwing in the towel?

    Many Blessings,
    M.

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  15. I LOVE Goodwill and all the thrist stores! I'm able to find designer lables for my teen age daughter. Otherwise there is no way I could afford to put her in clothes.
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    Amy

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