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How to Keep Your Clothing Costs Low

We all new clothes from time to time. It is important for us to replace things that have worn out or to have appropriate clothing for certain occasions. However, some of us also buy more things because we enjoy having and wearing different clothing and putting together a selection of different outfits. It can be expensive though and if you are trying to spend less money, perhaps to ensure you do not get into debt or to be able to have money available to spend on other things. There are different things that you can try but below are a few ideas.

Only buy when necessary

It can be worth being careful about how often you go out clothing shopping. It can be tempting to go to a sale in your favourite shop or just have a little browse online and see what is available that you could buy. It is something which could be seen as innocent but you could find that you get carried away and see a few things, drop them into your basket and before you know it, you have spent some more money. Although it is great to have some fun with your money and enjoy things, if you can afford it, if you are looking to cut down what you are spending then it could be wise to avoid looking at this sort of thing. It is also wise to ask yourself whether you really need the items that you are buying. You may want to just buy things when you need to replace old or worn items rather than just buying things that you like.

Mix outfits up a bit

If you are getting bored with what you have then perhaps you could mix your outfits up a bit. Change what you normally wear and pair up different tops with different trousers or skirts, add a different scarf or jumper or whatever. By mixing things up it may feel like you have a new wardrobe without having to actually buy anything new. It can be a great way to make everything feel a bit newer and refreshed.

Try second hand

If you do want new things and mixing it up does not really work for you then perhaps buying second hand might help. There are plenty of second hand clothes available in the charity shops on most high streets and so you may often be able to find things that you want at a reduced price. You will have to rummage though as there will be a big mix of things; different sizes, styles and colours and you might find you need to look in lots of shops or return to them after they have put out new stock to find what you need. It can make shopping trickier. However, if you buy online and look at second hand things there, perhaps on auction, car boot of local social media sites, you will have more to choose form and will be able to use search terms to find what you are looking for more easily.

Swap with friends and family

Another option could be to swap clothes with people you know. Obviously, this will depend on whether they are the same size as you. If they are the same size, then you might be able to swap a few items to change up your wardrobes. Obviously, not everyone has the same taste in clothes, but it could be worth a thought and a quick discussion with them.

Take advantage of sales

Sales are a good way to get the clothes that you need without paying so much for them. It can mean that you will be able to stock up and not spend so much money. However, it is wise to be really cautious when you are looking at reduced items. It can be so tempting to buy more things than you really need. This is because you can often find things which have been reduced massively and you feel that they are such a bargain that you will not be able to do without them. This is where sales can be dangerous! You might start picking up all sorts of things and you can end up going home with all sorts of items that you did not even need and find that you have spent so much money and did not really need to have done. You might even have things that you never end up wearing. So be really careful, perhaps take a list and keep asking yourself whether you really need the items that you are looking at.

Wear things out

Many of us do not wear clothing until it is worn out. We may get rid of it as soon as it feels old or gets a small hole. Learn to darn; there are plenty of ways to learn easily online and if you repair things, they will last a lot longer. It can be wise to buy better quality clothing as well and this will mean that it will last longer. You will hopefully not wear things out as fast if you pay more money from them.

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Tips on reducing Your Travel Costs

Most of us travel for one reason or another. It might be that we travel to work, travel to see friends and family or travel to go on holiday. Most of us will use a form of transport whether that is a bike, car, bus, train, boat or plane. The costs of these do vary depending on which you use, but there may be ways that you can cut down how much you are spending on them. This can be very useful as it will mean that you have money available to spend on other things. This could be things like repaying your short term loans, adding to your savings or just finding it easier to make ends meet. It might be the case that you can reduce what you are paying by a significant amount and this might even be by doing things which are pretty easy and straightforward so it is worth giving them a try.

Travel smaller distances

It can sound obvious and you might wonder how you can achieve this. It will not be possible to travel less of a distance to work but you might be able to travel less for other things. If you are going to see people that live far away, you could arrange to meet half way instead and then you will both travel half the distance and that will make it cheaper for you. For holidays you could holiday in closer places and then you will not need to pay out so much for travelling.

Use cheaper forms of transport

There are often different options for getting to different places. It is worth looking at the cost of them to see how they compare. You may think that you must be using the cheapest one, but you could be surprised. It is worth doing a cost comparison every so often as you may be surprised at how much you could potentially save. It may depend on the time that you travel, if you pay for multiple journeys in one go, book in advance or things like this. For trains, you can save significant amounts of money by booking in advance or using a season ticket. With buses of you travel outside of peak times and buy multiple journeys at once you save money.

If you are using a car then it is wise to look at the price of fuel and think about whether you can get it cheaper elsewhere. You may always go to a certain place to fill up but this could mean that you will be paying a lot more than necessary. Just check out some prices locally (you may find there is a website online where you can do this) and you will be able to check. Even a small difference in price can add up to making a really big difference over the course of a year.

Make journeys more efficient

When you are out then think about whether you can visit multiple places at once. So, if you are in the car and are driving past a supermarket on your way home form work then shop on the way home rather than going home and driving back to it later. You can do the same thing if you get the bus or train to work and shop near to work so you don’t have to get a different bus or train to shop on another occasion.

Move closer to where you need to go

It is a good idea to consider whether it might be wise to move nearer to the places that you visit the most often. This will allow you to spend a lot less on travelling there. It might be that you have a long commute to work and if you were a bit closer you could save a lot of money. If your family live far away then perhaps moving closer could help you to spend less on travel.

Drive more efficiently

If you drive a lot then try to make your driving more fuel efficient. Start by making sure you are not carrying unnecessary weight in the car such as a roof rack or things in the boot. Try to drive at an efficient speed and do not accelerate too quickly to save fuel. If you are stopped in traffic switch off the engine.

Some of these ideas might seem rather extreme. However, if you really need to reduce the cost of travel, perhaps because you are having to borrow money to pay for it in the form of a loan, are struggling to pay for other things or just want some more money to save, then trying one of these could make a difference to that. Even doing a few of the things to a small extent could make some difference. You may only need to make a small difference anyway and so this could be helpful for you.