Clothes and Holiday Shopping
Whether we want to think about it or not, clothing, birthday, and holiday shopping can really put a cramp in our budgets. It may seem at times that we have done very well budgeting for everyday expenses, when suddenly a birthday we forgot about demands our attention, school starts, children need new clothing, or we gain (or lose) ten pounds and need a new wardrobe.
There are ways that we can save money on all of these items, with a bit of planning and some smart shopping tips. Here are a few of them:
Clothing - Children outgrow their clothing very quickly and often, well before they are worn out. Rather than buying new clothing for children, check out auctions on eBay, join your local free-cycle group and check out second hand stores. All of these options are ideal for saving on play clothes. For adult clothing, you may find that end of season clothing can save a considerable amount of money. Another money saving idea for adult clothing is eBay as well. eBay also offers new clothing for sale and you may find they are less expensive than store bought clothing.
Birthdays & Holidays - Gift baskets are fun to give. Not only that but, a gift basket can save you a lot of money. Creating themed gift baskets that are filled with goodies that are inexpensive is not difficult. Head to your local dollar store or discount store and you can find inexpensive items to fill a gift basket with. Examples include: Children - small toys, crayons, coloring books, puzzles; Writer: pens, pads of paper, pencils, binders; Women - toiletries, candles, potpourri; Men - flashlights, grooming kits, tool aprons, etc.
These are just a few ways that you can save money on clothes and holiday shopping. There are hundreds of ways you can spend less and still provide fun gifts and appropriate clothing for your family.