Unsugar Coated Motherhood

Thrifty Tips for June

a particularly good haul for just £1 when a charity shop was closing for a refurb!!

Although I didn’t make the shortlist, I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated for several categories of The MADs. One of these categories was thrift, and a very pleasant surprise it was too. I get a real kick out of being thrifty, and it felt good to know that others have been enjoying my posts centred around saving money. If you’ve missed them, they can be found here. I’ve decided to write a regular post, and will be sharing my tips with you each month. Sometimes I’ll talk about brands, or products, sometimes my home made recipes and others the things I do to save cash here and there. I won’t be trying to reinvent the wheel, just passing on information. Hope you enjoy!

My tip this month is: don’t shy away from second hand clothes, especially when it comes to the kids. As well as saving a ton of £££, it’s so much more eco friendly than buying from cheap clothing companies. I remember getting ready to watch a C4 Documentary a few years ago called The Devil Wears Primark, but it was pulled about ten minutes before it was due to go on the air. I’ve often wondered what that programme would have revealed!

Anyway, there are lots of ways to get your mits on second hand clobber…

– take any hand me downs on offer! I’ll admit that I used to be a little reluctant to do so, or feel obliged to give something in return, but not any more. I’ve come to realise that I’m doing them a favour by saving a charity shop run. Also people never pass on rubbish clothes.

– speaking of which, I’ve had some awesome bargains in various charity shops over the past year. You have to be prepared to stay there for a good chunk of time to have a proper rummage though. No point only half doing a job, and a quick glance will rarely bag you the bargain of the century!

– car boot sales can be very hit and miss, but on a plan free sunny Sunday morning why not?

– although postage charges seem to increase every month, eBay is still worth checking out. Ditto The Gumtree

Freecycle can be a bit random, and time consuming but it’s worth keeping an eye on. After all one ladies junk is another’s treasure.

– my favourite is to get a group of friends together and have a clothes swap party, as it’s also a fab opportunity to catch up and have a few drinks. Each person must bring at least five items with them. Everyone gathers into a circle and the clothes gets chucked into the middle, then you go round the circle and pick an item each until everyone has a few new bits. The host can donate what’s left to charity, thus also doing a good dead.

Do you have any to add?



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  1. It can be such a fun way of spending an evening, and you get new clothes too. Win win 🙂

  2. I love a good shwopping session with girlfriends! Great tips, and thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou

  3. I am positively addicted! Seriously, I have an illness where charity shops are concerned 😉

  4. I have to admit I love a good bargain in a charity shop – I try and pop into one or two a week:) #thriftythursday

  5. Couldn’t agree with you more. I’m always scouting the charity shops and ebay, especially for the children. A clothes swap party sounds like a great idea too

  6. Second hand is the new brand new 🙂

  7. It’s great once you get into the habit. I can’t remember the last time I paid more than a fiver for anything 🙂 xx

  8. ginacaro says:

    I’m a charity shop addict! Kids grow out of clothes so quickly I don’t see the point in buying new. Thanks for joining in with #ThriftyThursday 🙂

  9. ghostwritermummy2014 says:

    Great tips. I don’t often think to buy second hand clothes but the kids wear hand me downs all the time so it makes sense
    x x

  10. What a fab way of describing them xx

  11. Hand me downs are fabulous. Already loved items that need more love. Can’t beat it. x #Sharewithme

  12. Yay for hand me downs! I agree, we don’t need new. clothes swap parties are so much fun, although you’ve probably got your hands full for the time being my dear 🙂 xx

  13. That is definitely a win win hon, gotta love eBay 🙂

  14. My kids live in second hand clothes, hand-me downs from their cousins, colleagues and anyone who will give us clothes. They do not really need new clothes, but when I get some (really rarely, it is a real treat for me as well as them choosing exactly what we want – probably happens once every 6 months!). I love your idea of the clothes swapping party. I would not have thought of doing that but it makes sense! Will suggest it to my friends. x Mel

  15. I love a good bargain and always love your helpful handy thrifty tips!!! I buy most of my kids clothes off ebay! It’s great! Then I resell them on ebay too. Win-win. Charity shops are the best too. Always can find something unique and great in them. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  16. Tee hee, that made me giggle 😉

  17. That’s fab hon! My girls love that their clothes always used to belong to someone else, especially if they are favourite people (which I imagine yours’ older cousins are) xx

  18. I’m such a bargain hunter these days, even in charity shops, but have picked up so much stuff for pennies it really is worth it 🙂

  19. Glad you have people passing clothes on too, as you said it’s such a blessing 🙂

  20. I know what you mean. Gorgeous clothes, but way too pricey. One of my friends always shops in the Next sales for her girls, then passes all their clothes onto us, so lucky!

  21. Thanks hon. Saving pennies is a must with three kids 😉

  22. I’m a sucker for random homewares in charity shops too!

  23. Fab bargain hon, glad you’re getting lots of use out of it!

  24. You really can! I picked up a Jil Sander coat worth a few hundred pounds for £7.99 a few months ago, and it was hardly worn 🙂

  25. I always have a browse in the charity shops for clothes, I have some real bargains and you can often find pricey brands for a fraction of the cost. #magicmoments

  26. We were buying a bike that is £70 in ToyR’Us and got it for £11 at gumtree! We are always lurking in there to find decent bargains. The bike is not bad and we are still using it now =) #sharewithme

  27. I love a rummage round a charity shop, although I tend to look more at the household items and books. I should really start to pay more attention to the clothes, as saving money is always a good idea! #sharewithme

  28. Some great tips there for saving money on clothing – with three daughters to clothe, two of which are teens I have to do a lot of sales shopping to try and save some pennies! #sharewithme

  29. Great tips, I often buy second hand Next clothes for the kids because I love their clothes but I hate their prices 🙂 #sharewithme

  30. Totally agree, hand me downs are such a great thing, especially for the kids….they’re are only in them 5 minutes before they grow out of them!! As you say people only give you the good stuff anyway!! Living in the Seychelles there are little to no choice in clothes and so hand me downs are a huge blessing for us!!!

  31. Not A Frumpy Mum says:

    Great tips, I love a good rummage through a charity shop but like you say you need to be prepared to spend the time. Can be well worth it.

  32. Good advice lovely. My husband is a huge charity shop fan. Not just for clothes but toys and music too. As for second hand clothes, my children have older cousins so are constantly in their clothes. It’s great to see hardly-worn items get a use again! x

  33. I’ve been very lucky as I have a friend whose daughter is a couple of years older than mine and a friend with older sons so we get quite a few hand me-downs. They’re both more fashionable than I am so my kids look forward to their clothing drops!

  34. I really do love charity shop shopping 🙂

  35. How lovely Izzie! I’d really like my kids to volunteer when they’re old enough to do so 🙂

  36. That’s great! It’s nice to get the kids involved early to make them appreciate what they have 🙂

  37. That is sound advice Maddy! We’re so lucky on the hand me down front too. My eldest just assumes everything in her wardrobe used to belong to someone else and says things like ‘who gave this to me’, she is chuffed when the answer happens to be one of her favourite people xxx

  38. maddy@writingbubble says:

    All my kids have worn masses of hand-me-downs because a close friend had her third and last baby (a boy) six weeks before I had my first son. He grew out of things just in time for her to pass them on to me, and then I kept them for sons two and three. So my best tip is to time your pregnancies with those of a good (and generous) friend and make sure you have children all of one gender! 😉

  39. I am a huge fan of charity shops, I get stuff for myself and my little boy, and he is a huge fan of them too, he won’t go past one and loves to find old toy cars and boats. Some fab tips here.


  40. I don’t have any tips to share, but my daughters were both charity shop converts after volunteering for different shops locally.

  41. Someone after my own heart, I am a real charity shop shopper for all the family #MagicMoments

  42. If you live in close proximity to a handful, charity shops are awesome! Especially when they have a sale rail 😉

  43. I love shopping at charity shops…..Especially for the kids….I have got some great bargains in the past 🙂

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