recycle clothing en-US 12 Ways to Save Cash on New Clothes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-to-save-cash-on-new-clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Woman shopping for shoes" title="Woman shopping for shoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As someone who preaches the value of a frugal lifestyle, I have a confession to make: My name is Mikey, and I&rsquo;m a clothes-aholic.</p> <p>But as textile prices continue to rise &mdash; I honestly don&rsquo;t know how retailers like Abercrombie &amp; Fitch stay in business, selling the same designs year after year at premium prices &mdash; my bank account seems to stay at the same level. Inflated prices in all sectors of our economy are to blame (along with status-quo salaries), which has caused me &mdash; and many of you &mdash; to cut back and search for savings wherever I can.</p> <p>Still, I can&rsquo;t seem to shake my clothes habit. I don&rsquo;t shop as much as I did when we where in a boom economy, but I&rsquo;m not as disciplined as I should be. Admittedly, I do feel less guilt when I shop smartly, hunting down the best deals possible.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re in a similar situation, here are some ways that I stay stylish without losing the shirt on my back. (See also: <a href="">Spend or Save: The Fashion Edition</a>)</p> <h3>1. Buy Kids&rsquo; Sizes</h3> <p>This is not for everybody. I realize that most people are full grown, but I&rsquo;m not, so I can get away with it. At 5&rsquo;9&rdquo; and 140 lbs., I can fit in most large-size kids&rsquo; clothes &mdash; a medium if I don&rsquo;t wash the item (I like my clothes fitted), although that leads to the extra cost of dry cleaning (Dryel has saved me a lot of money in that regard). The benefit of shopping in the kids&rsquo; section is that the same styles &mdash; Ralph Lauren polos, for example &mdash; are almost half the price, especially if you&rsquo;re shopping at an outlet. When I first started shopping in the kids&rsquo; sections, I&rsquo;ll admit that I was embarrassed &mdash; I didn&rsquo;t want to look like a creeper &mdash; but I&rsquo;m over it now. When someone reminds me where I am (&ldquo;You know this is the kids&rsquo; section, right?&rdquo;), I tell them I&rsquo;m shopping for my nephew...who gets a lot of my clothes when I don&rsquo;t want them anymore anyway.</p> <h3>2. Visit Thrift Shops</h3> <p>My friend Katie and I bonded in high school over a place called Value Village, a department-store-sized thrift shop that often stocked popular brands. We&rsquo;d visit the store often and spend an hour or so scouring the aisles for great bargains. I&rsquo;ve purchased belts, shoes, sweaters, vests, pants, and more during my trips. What I like most about shopping at thrift stores is that it&rsquo;s highly unlikely that anyone you know will have something similar in their closet, which can&rsquo;t be said if you stick strictly to mall shops. Consider, however, that a vintage store is not a thrift store. Vintage is a word that shop owners use to validate inflated prices on the same used garments you can get at a place with thrift in its name.</p> <h3>3. Trade With Friends</h3> <p>When I clean out my closet, the first thing I do is let my friends know. I would rather give my unwanteds to someone close to me than donate them to a charity that doesn&rsquo;t align with my personal beliefs. This system is even better if you strike a deal with your buddy to check out each other&rsquo;s stashes before doing what you will with the leftover pieces.</p> <h3>4. Make Old Stuff New Again</h3> <p>Every summer, I go through my old pants. If I haven&rsquo;t worn a pair in a year or just don&rsquo;t like them as pants anymore, I cut them off at the knee to make new shorts. This tip alone has saved me hundreds of dollars. Earlier this year I took two pairs of J. Crew corduroy pants and chopped the legs off. At the start of the summer, similar cord shorts at J. Crew were $59. I wasn&rsquo;t about to pay for something that I could make with a pair of scissors.</p> <h3>5. Buy Clothes You Can Both Wear</h3> <p>This only works if you&rsquo;re in a same-sex relationship, which I am. At Christmastime, if I&rsquo;m buying my husband ties, hats, or other one-size accessories, I buy him designs that I would wear. Frankly, he couldn&rsquo;t care less what things look like &mdash; so he&rsquo;s happy about it regardless &mdash; but I do. By buying styles that I like, we can both share, which prevents me from purchasing double.</p> <h3>6. Sign Up for Members-Only Deal Sites</h3> <p>Sites like <a href="">Gilt Groupe</a>, <a href="">Juxtser</a>, and <a href="">Plndr</a> (there are plenty more, I&rsquo;m sure) have pop-up shops that offer deep discounts on popular brands. I&rsquo;ve purchased shirts and shoes from American Apparel and Toms at way below retail. These sites often offer free shipping and other discounts, like first-time buyer and refer-a-friend coupon codes, that can save you even more.</p> <h3>7. Shop Sales at Factory Outlets</h3> <p>Outlets are excellent for scoring great deals, but you do have to be careful. I&rsquo;ve definitely been to supposed &ldquo;outlet&rdquo; stores where the prices are comparable to regular retail prices. Another good tip for <a href="">shopping outlets</a> is to stop by the center&rsquo;s customer service booth and pick up a coupon book, which includes extra discount coupons for your favorite places.</p> <h3>8. Search for Coupon Codes Before Checking Out</h3> <p>By now, every frugal shopper knows this trick, but I&rsquo;m still surprised at how many people are too lazy to search for a coupon code before checking out when making purchases online. Five extra minutes of my time hunting down these deals is worth it when I find a working 20% off discount.</p> <h3>9. Sell Old Clothes on eBay</h3> <p>My friend Tara unloaded scarves and skirts to great success recently. She sold the pieces in lots so bidders felt like they were getting a great deal, and it worked to her benefit in the end. Many of the lots sold, which made her extra money that she could put toward new items.</p> <h3>10. Apply for the Store Credit Card</h3> <p>Before you go crazy with the comments on how this is a bad idea, hear me out. As someone who shops primarily at J. Crew, it was my wallet&rsquo;s best interest to get the store credit card for several reasons:</p> <ul> <li>By signing up in-store I received an automatic 15% discount.</li> <li>When I call the store and set up a FREE personal shopping experience, I save 20% off my purchase.</li> <li>When I charge $500 or more, I receive a $50 gift card.</li> </ul> <p>Many stores offer incentives like these. Gap, for instance, gives credit holders gift cards for certain amounts spent as well as sign-up discounts.</p> <p>This is not to suggest that you should go crazy with your store charge card. That totally defeats the purpose. You should practice discipline and put the card in a safe place &mdash; outside of your wallet or purse &mdash; until you feel you&rsquo;re ready to use it on something worthwhile.</p> <h3>11. Download Money-Saving Apps</h3> <p>The app that I use the most when shopping is <a href="">shopkick</a>, which geo-locates deals nearby. American Eagle Outfitters in particular has partnered with this app. On a recent trip to Atlantic City, I saved an extra 15% on a bag that was already reduced by 40%.</p> <h3>12. Never, Ever Pay Retail</h3> <p>When I enter a store, I head straight for the <a href="">clearance rack</a>. It is my personal policy never to pay full price. Most new arrivals are generally reduced after a month or so. I can wait.</p> <p><em>Do you like to shop for new clothes? Tell me your tips for getting the most for your money in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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When I bought it, it was already broken in; after a decade in my possession, it&rsquo;s literally falling apart at the seams. Even though it&rsquo;s so tattered and torn that my armpits and midsection show when I wear it (never out of this house, FYI), I can&rsquo;t bear the thought of tossing it out.</p> <p>The other T-shirts in my collection, however, I&rsquo;m not so attached to. Twice a year, I go through and donate the ones that I no longer want. But getting rid of them all together seems like a waste. There are plenty of other ways to make the most of old tees. From dust rags to quilts to headbands, here are a few ideas that will turn your would-be trash into a brand-new treasure. (See also: <a href="">25 Things to Do With Old Jeans</a>)</p> <h3>1. Around-the-House Rags</h3> <p>When I asked my Facebook friends what they do with old T-shirts, this was the most common, albeit uninspired, answer the gave; the former, not the latter, is why I&rsquo;m including it on this list. Instead of buying towels &mdash; how we accumulated three drawers worth of hand towels in my home, I don&rsquo;t know (but I think it has something to do with my husband &ldquo;accidentally&rdquo; taking them from the gym) &mdash; cut the shirts into pieces so you can dust the TV, sanitize your counters, and wash the car without causing scratches.</p> <h3>2. Quilts</h3> <p>I was flipping through one of my favorite catalogs, Uncommon Goods, one day when I came across this brilliant way of recycling printed tees. The <a href="">T-shirt memory quilt</a> from Ticche &amp; Bea allows you to choose 16 of your destined-for-donation shirts to turn into &ldquo;patches&rdquo; to create a fleece blanket that pops with color and nostalgia. When my husband and I had ours made we each chose eight shirts to make a quilt that was equal parts my memories and his. Ticche &amp; Bea can make the quilt for you (though the price is steep), or you can opt for a DIY kit that cuts the cost in half. If you&rsquo;re particularly handy, you can try your hand at making the quilt without Ticche &amp; Bea&rsquo;s assistance with these <a href="">memory quilt instructions</a> on</p> <h3>3. Headbands</h3> <p>An athlete friend of mine says that she likes to cut the sleeves off her unwanted tees to turn into headbands for when she&rsquo;s playing rec sports like kickball. I imagine that it&rsquo;s easy enough to do &mdash; just cut the shirt into strips and tie it around your head (it&rsquo;s not rocket science) &mdash; but if you&rsquo;re gunning for style over simplicity, maybe you&rsquo;d like to tackle this <a href="">flower headband</a> found at</p> <h3>4. Handbags</h3> <p>Like Ticche &amp; Bea with its quilts, I&rsquo;m sure there are companies out there that will turn your T-shirt into a tote or handbag for a fee, but with these <a href="">easy T-shirt bag instructions</a> from&nbsp;, there&rsquo;s no reason to pay for something you can accomplish on your own. This is an item so simple to make (unlike the quilt, which I was happy to pay for due to its level of difficulty) that you might want to think about making many and putting them up on Etsy to earn extra cash.</p> <h3>5. Pillows</h3> <p>As with most of these ideas so far, turning tees into pillows requires some measure of sewing skill, like in these <a href="">instructions for repurposed pillows</a>. But you don&rsquo;t have to master a thread and needle to make a one-of-a-kind head respite that your friends will envy. This video shows the less craftily inclined how to tie their way to stuffed success in a few no-fuss steps.</p> <p><iframe width="425" height="349" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Watch video</a></p> <h3>6. Dog Toys</h3> <p>Recycle several T-shirts with these <a href="">Dog Tugga Toy instructions</a> that also require no gluing or sewing. When you&rsquo;re finished, your furry friend will have a colorful new braided &ldquo;bone&rdquo; that he&rsquo;ll beg you to battle for.</p> <h3>7. Baby Diapers</h3> <p>The only babies I have are four-legged (and by that I mean dogs, not mutants), but when my husband and I start adding to our family, I will be constructing these <a href="">adorable rock-star-quality cloth diapers</a>. After I make them, I wonder if I can convince hubby that he has to clean them.</p> <h3>8. Wall Art</h3> <p>Another great, inexpensive idea from a friend &mdash; cut out the main image of your used shirt and frame it or stretch it over a small canvas for <a href="">personalized wall art</a>. I&rsquo;ve seen people do this with album covers and the like, which are much less personal than designs that define your fashion sense.</p> <h3>9. Art Smocks</h3> <p>No need for a quilt, handbag, or <a href="">dog toy</a>? Donate your old tees to a local school for the art teacher to use as smocks.</p> <h3>10. Book Covers</h3> <p>This <a href="">book cover idea</a> sure beats the book covers I made in school made from brown bags or the funny pages. It takes some precision &mdash; remember to measure twice and cut once &mdash; but the finished product is a soft, durable cover that will last much longer than paper.</p> <h3>11. Scarves</h3> <p>There are many ways to turn an old tee into a scarf, but this <a href="">T-shirt scarf from Generation T</a> is whimsical and fun. Perhaps the best part &mdash; besides that it&rsquo;s no-sew &mdash; is that you can use the scraps from the T-shirts that you&rsquo;ve already turned into other fabulous things to create this ready-for-fall neck wrap.</p> <h3>12. Pocket Squares</h3> <p>A good portion of this list is female oriented, so here&rsquo;s one for the fellas. Get rid of that old white tee that has yellowed at the pits and transform it into a poem to stuff into your pockets. This <a href="">poetic pocket square project</a> calls for painting on a quote or poem with stencils that will decidedly brand you a hipster whether you have a mustache or not.</p> <h3>13. Place Mats</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m not sure how I feel about this project that turns <a href="">T-shirts into place mats</a>, but I suppose it depends on what color tee you use and how much of a mess you make when you eat. At least they&rsquo;re washable.</p> <h3>14. Doggy Bed</h3> <p>These <a href="">T-shirt doggy bed instructions</a> from The Eco Chic blog are so awesome that when my babies come back from vacation, they might just have a comfy new cushions to rest their paws. Maybe it&rsquo;ll break that pesky always-in-the-bed habit.</p> <h3>15. Dinner Napkins</h3> <p>Cloth napkins impress dinner guests much more than paper towels, but these <a href="">T-shirt napkins</a> will totally blow them away. All that&rsquo;s required is stitching around T-shirt squares to give the edges a more finished, refined look. Great conversation pieces and even better for the environment.</p> <p><em>Have you turned old T-shirts into something new and fantastic? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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