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Plan Your Shopping . . . Shop Your Plan

Twelve shopping rules that can help you save money on clothing:

  1. Inspect clothing carefully before you buy.
  2. Check what is in your closet and work with what you have.
  3. Accessorize the clothes you have to spruce up you wardrobe without spending a lot of money.
  4. Buy clothing at the end of a season.
  5. Look for clothing made of all-season, medium-weight fabric.
  6. Stick with classic designs – something that will not go out of style in a year.
  7. Check the care label. Buy machine - washable clothing.
  8. Buy dark-colored coats, jackets and outerwear, which will not need cleaning as often as lighter garments.
  9. When possible, buy quality, not quantity. But, remember you will be wearing the garment, not the price tag.
  10. Shop around and compare prices.
  11. Plan your shopping and shop your plan!
  12. Good places to shop for bargains:
    • Second-hand or thrift shops
    • Garage sales or rummage sales
    • Churches or social service agencies.

Common Shopping Mistakes

Shopping Successfully

  1. Do I really want this item?
  2. Will it fit with the rest of the clothing in my wardrobe?
  3. Can I use accessories to update what I have?
  4. Can I rebuild my wardrobe using separates?
  5. Does the garment have the features I want?
  6. Are there hidden costs of buying this item?
  7. Can I buy it somewhere else cheaper?
  8. Is it fashion or fad?

By Ellen Burton, Extension Educator. University of Illinois Extension: "Be the Best You Can Be"

Tips for Buying Secondhand Clothing

There are many places to get clothing for a lot less than buying them new. Your local directory can serve as a guide. Places to get clothes for less:

Plan Your Shopping . . . Shop Your Plan

When shopping second-hand, these guidelines can be helpful: