Teens cost a small fortune and that’s just when it comes to feeding them! Clothes are a whole different matter and making sure that your young adults are well-dressed and well-nourished can make a serious dent in the family finances.
Thankfully, clothes are a bit more flexible and reusable than food and they can also be passed on down the line and altered, which makes it a bit easier to keep up with changing tastes and trends, as well as all that growing! You might already have some ideas about saving money after visiting here, but here are some more.
Buy ever-so-slightly too big
By choosing clothes that are a smidgen too large, you’ll get more wear out of them. This works best with wardrobe staples rather than with fleeting trends, as your teen might just ditch something a bit more ephemeral before they’ve outgrown it. Jeans, sweatshirts, basic vests and so on, however, are fair game.
Invest in a sewing machine
Lots of teens, especially girls, like to customise their clothes and some even learn to make them from scratch. Realistically, though, it’ll probably be you doing the alterations and the repairs, but if you have all the equipment and materials to hand, then you can take up that hem or draw in that waistband. Being handy can save you a lot of money.
Hit up some posh charity shops
Some areas of your city will have charity shops that are a bit pricier than the others and so you should always take a look. You’ll pay more for the clothes in there than you will in the regular charity shops, but they’ll often be unworn and occasionally even designer. Don’t be afraid to buy items that are a tad too big or small if you’ve got that handy sewing machine already, either!
Sign up your teen for a loyalty card or two
Lots of chain clothes stores have loyalty card schemes and these can shave off a few pounds from your annual clothes expenditure, as well as offer extra discounts to members. It also works out well if your teen has the loyalty card of a well-known chemist chain, especially if she likes make-up.
Order basics from overseas
There are lots of online retailers that ship items from China and while you’ll wait a few more weeks for them to arrive, you’ll get them very cheaply. Most of the goods in these stores are OK, quality-wise, with a few being pretty poor and some being very good, so read the reviews and then sit back and wait. If you’re ordering leggings, jumpers and so on, you can’t really go wrong.
Encourage a clothing exchange scheme
Most teenagers have an unofficial exchange scheme, but you can bring in more people – and therefore more choice – by holding a swish party. Boys might prefer an online exchange scheme so they don’t actually have to look anyone in the eye while they’re rifling through someone’s cast-offs, so get them to sign up to one.
Promote good personal hygiene
None of these tips are much use if shirts get stained and perma-smelly underarms because your teen has an aversion to deodorant. Similarly, leaving clothes in a damp heap on the bathroom or bedroom floor might cause them to get mouldy or discoloured, so make sure your children look after themselves and also their clothes so they get the most out of them.
Does your teen have a budget to buy their own clothes or do you go shopping with them?
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