Being Frugal DOES NOT mean having to go without. On the contrary, sometime being frugal allows you to enjoy some luxuries that you wouldn’t normally enjoy if you were shopping on your “traditional” budget – it’s just a matter of changing your perspective.
For instance, today I hit the yard sale circuit in search of some bargains. I happened across a sale that was selling tons of children’s clothes. In the past, I wouldn’t even have stopped at such a sale. I would have such a snobby attitude! “Who buys used clothing at a yard sale? Who would even try to sell it? Just donate it to Goodwill.” That was the old, wasteful, ignorant me.
Today, however, was a great affirmation that my newly found frugal attitude is going to bring me better things. Here’s what I picked up at the sale:
1 Ralph Lauren Polo Heavy Jacket $1.00 (Retail $95.00)
1 Old Navy Sweater $1.00 (Retail $15.00)
2 Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts $2.00 (Retail $25.00/each)
1 Prospirit Polar Fleece Pullover $1.00 (Retail $12.00)
2 Izod Hoodies $2.00 (Retail $50.00/each)
1 Gap Button Up Shirt $1.00 (Retail $25.00)
1 Faded Glory Polo Shirt $1.00 (Retail $5.00)
2 Garanimals T-Shirts $2.00 (Retail $5.00/each)
1 Nike “Baltimore Orioles” Official Team Gear T-Shirt $1.00 (Retail $16.00)
1 “How to Train Your Dragon” T-Shirt $1.00 (Retail $13.00)
1 Peak A Babe Jogging Pant $1.00 (Retail $15.00)
That haul translates into a full winter wardrobe for my son (minus a few pairs of pants) for only $14.00. Amazing! I checked each item for stains, rips, etc. and found nothing wrong with them. In fact, they looked hardly worn at all. Something to keep in mind about kids clothing is that they grow so fast, sometimes they don’t get a chance to wear an article of clothing too many times…and since that’s true, why pay top dollar for something that’s going to be very temporary?
My attitude adjustment has gotten me some incredible bargains and has enabled my son to wear designer brands and higher quality clothing than he normally would on my usual “Walmart” budget!
“You can’t buy his clothes at yard sales forever. When he gets a few years older, he’ll want new clothes.” Yes, this thought has crossed my mind, but I hope to instill some of my frugality in him to get him excited about a bargain. Failing that, I’ll just tell him I went to Nordstrom and picked him up some Ralph Lauren…how will he know he’s been “faked?”
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
14 Articles of Boy’s Clothing from Yard Sale, Designer Names($14.00)
Fake-It Cost: $14.00
Compare to Retail Cost of Clothing ($356.00 Total)
Total Fake-It Yourself Savings: $342.00 …that’s 96% off of retail!