As I was at the grocery store today, I was floored at the prices of some items that I purchased two weeks ago. Some were 25-30% higher! Seriously!?! For most of us, even if we have a few extra dollars tucked away, we try our very best to live frugally, or at least sensibly. Since we are soon to be a family of six, yes, SIX! there are many aspects of life that I consider frequently.
I want to continue to be able to stay at home with my children and homeschool, that is very high on our priority list. For me to continue to be able to do so, we have to spend wisely. With so many children in the family, we go through our fair share of clothing no doubt, and it is no secret I love for my children to look adorable! While I love to shop sales at Gymboree, I also absolutely love to score awesome deal shopping second hand. When I find like new clothing, if I treat them right, they will last and even be able to be passed down to siblings or nieces and nephews.
Today, I thought I would share a few easy money saving tips in the way of how you can make your clothing last longer without much effort. When clothing becomes ruined, it is just like throwing money away, literally. By being slightly proactive or giving a little thought to your clothing, you will find you can really make many pieces last.
Ways to Make Your Clothing Last Longer
Use scissors not teeth
Start off on the right foot and resist just yanking the tag off, instead use scissors. Why? Haven’t you done exactly that, pulled a tag off with your hands or mouth and created a little hole in your new garment before you have even worn it? I have. And all because of a little impatience.
Dress for the occasion
Before you get dressed, think about what you will be doing. If you are going to be working outside in the garden, wear clothing that is appropriate. If you are going to be cooking, wear a cute apron to protect your clothing. Don’t wear light colors when you know you are going to be eating chocolate cake or spaghetti sauce.
Wash when dirty
Don’t wash your clothing if they are not dirty. I am not saying to make your kiddos wear their same clothing everyday, but there are occasions when the clothing we wear isn’t truly in need of washing, so don’t. Our dress clothing we wear a few hours at a time don’t need to be washed each time. Most often times, jeans, pants, sweaters and jackets can be worn multiple times without washing. Use your best judgment, but help teach your children to be able to examine (and smell) so that they can determine what truly needs to be thrown in the laundry.
If, rather when the spots and stains happen, try to treat them quickly. It is best to do so before they dry, but at a minimum, run water and a little soap over the spots and gently work it into the stain. This will help prevent the stains from really soaking in. I do this on almost a daily basis with one of the children’s clothing (or my own). It truly helps, even if it wont be washed for a day or so.
Don’t just throw everything in a pile and toss it into a single load. Your clothing will seriously last longer if you sort according to colors, and materials. Be sure to close any Velcro and zippers so they will not snag other articles while being washed.
Read the labels
I do my very best to steer clear of materials that require dry cleaning or hand washing. Read the labels, preferably before you purchase clothing so you know what you are getting into. Dry cleaning costs a pretty penny. I look for pieces that don’t require a lot of extra work. I usually wash in cold water to save money and love being able to pull items from the dryer or off the line and just hang up. (Moment of honesty, I hate to iron so cottons and knits are my friends.)
Attack damaged articles early
If you have a seam starting to fray, or a small hole developing, take care of it right away. If left alone, a small problem can turn into a big problem that may not be so easy to fix down the road. You don’t have to be seamstress to make minor repairs, many times they can be solved with a simple needle and thread and few simple stitches.
Hang onto buttons
I love to repurpose clothing that can’t be repaired or is out of style. If the item has buttons, I snip them off and keep them in a button jar. When one goes missing on a good piece of clothing, I usually have a spare match that will be the perfect fit.
Spruce up before dressing
Many of the products women (and men) alike use when they are getting ready for their day are very harsh on many materials. If at all possible, put on your deodorant, perfume, cologne, make-up and hair products prior to your clothing. It will avoid spots and the wear on your clothing.
Be mindful of your detergent
When deciding which detergent to use, be mindful of the ingredients. You want one that works, but also that isn’t going to leave your clothing full of harsh chemicals. method’s NEW 4x concentrated laundry detergent is what I am trying now and love it! It uses naturally derived cleaning power that is tough on dirt and stains.
•Keeps colors bright + whites white
•Works great in cold water so you use less energy for every load
•Biodegradable and hypoallergenic formula
•Can also be used as a really effective pre-treat for stains
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