How many of you are like me — you like clothes and shoes? How many of you have children to clothe?? If you do, you know how expensive it can be. Let’s talk today about finding ways to stretch our money in the clothing department.
Many times we feel that it is impossible to dress stylishly and modestly without a lot of money. That is totally not true. Not having a lot money is not an excuse to look frumpy. Clothes that fit and match cost the same as those that don’t! With a little planning, and a lot of looking, you can dress nicely for less. As Christian ladies, we are daughters of the King, and we should represent Him well.
A few places to find inexpensive clothing:
- Sale racks
- Consignment shops
- Thrift stores (my favorite)
God expects us to use our money wisely. Why would you spend $50 for a skirt that you could get for $5, or $100 on a pair of shoes that you could spend $10 for? It really doesn’t make sense.
Here are some examples of clothing/shoes I have purchased from Thrift stores and what they would cost in a regular department store vs. what they cost at the Thrift store:
Bandolino shoes – between $50-60 (5.95)
BCBG shoes – $60-200 (5.95)
Xhiliration pumps – $30 ($5.00)
Children’s place skirt – $16.95 (1.95)
Osh Kosh shirt – $8.00 and up (1.95)
Liz Claiborne t-shirt with Satin trim – $20 ($2.95)
Talbots skirt – $90 – !00 ($5.95)
Amy Byer shirt – $20 – 30 ($5.95)
Sunny Leigh Petite skirt – $30 – $40 ( 5.95)
Gap Jean Skirt – $45 – $50 ($9.95)
Kupkake dress – $40-$ 50 (12.95)
Express Design Studio Shirt – $20-$30 (7.95)
A few things to remember that go along with thrift shopping:
- Realize that you are not “too good” for thrift stores. There will be odd people there. 🙂 It doesn’t smell so good either, sometimes!
- Teach your daughters that they are not “too good” for thrift stores! It’s not as fun as going to the mall to buy something, but once they catch on that they can get 5 things at the thrift store instead of 1 thing at the mall, they’ll start liking it!!
- Be willing to spend time looking. Everything is not hanging by size, etc. It will take some time to really go through things.
- Start at the skirts and build from there. It is the base for your next stop at the shirts! Dresses are the hardest to find, but not impossible.
- Check your local thrift store frequently. New items come in every day!
- You will pay a little more for name brand items, but they will last you longer.
I’m not saying that you should never buy a “brand new” outfit. I have plenty of them. And if your husband wants to buy you something new, let him! But if you are saving money on clothes on a regular basis, you can afford to buy “new outfits” when you want.
Thank the Lord for what you do have, and dress the best you can!
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you3