Dec 302011
I am not afraid to admit it, I love to shop. I honestly feel like I am shopping all the time, and I am sure that everyone else in my family feels the same way. I love the thrill of finding a great deal though, and I find great pride in being able to keep everyone in my family well dressed on a very frugal budget. I did spend money on clothing at Target as well, but I have included all 2011 Target spending in my 2011 grocery savings tally.

I am able to keep my family’s clothing and shoe expenses low, because of several factors.

  • I shop ahead, and I shop out of season.
  • I shop clearance
  • I use coupons
My family of five includes three boys ages 2, 5 and 9, and I am sure that I would have spent much more money on clothing, if I had any girls to dress.
I have a very elaborate clothing storage system, and clothing is handed down as long as it is in neat condition. After years of frugal shopping, I have learned which clothing will last through three kids, and which clothes will be too worn after one child. Once a year I have a yard sale, where I go through everyone’s clothes, and anything that is not sold is either donated or freecycled.  
This past year I spent a total of 273.81 on clothing and shoes for everyone in my family, and I saved a total of $1732!
Clothing Store Spent  Saved
Kohl’s 89.81 563.2
JCPenney 44.21 499.78
Sears 42 303.37
The Gap Outlet Store $32.08 189.73
Children’s Place 9.51 15.77
Kmart 31.2 61
Walmart $25 $100
Total 273.81 1732.85

How much do you usually spend on clothing and shoes for your family every year? How many people are in your family?

You can read my frugal living series Where To Find Cheap Clothes here. 

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