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?
– 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?