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The Fine Art of Frugality…Apparel Edition

This concludes what was not even supposed to be a 3-part series on frugality (check out Part 1 and Part 2). I don’t claim to be a master of the art, considering our Visa bill continues to merrily skyrocket along during this holiday season, but these are some great ideas I’ve heard that I’ll be trying out myself.

1. Buying only Dark Clothes, Sheets and Furniture

I’m not saying to pull out that dusty box of your all-black wardrobe from that ’emo’ phase you had in high school, I just mean no whites, light colored or easily stain-able. Sure you look absolutely fabulous in that beige tank top, but one beach BBQ hot dog with extra condiments and I guarantee it’s game over.

The same goes for bed sheets and couches, because let’s face it, we’re all just gross sweaty, perspiring human beings and eventually they’re just not the same white they used to be.Who still has that black band t-shirt you got 8 years ago? Me too. Darker things just last way longer.

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2. Aim for No More Than $1 per Use for Your Clothing

A friend once told me that her goal is to wear her clothes until they’ve achieved at most $1 per use, before throwing them away or get rid of them. Think about it, if you’re getting bored of that $160 jacket that you’ve only worn 10 times, that’s cost you $16 per night out! It’s a great way to think about the hidden costs we pay on a daily basis, and minimizing these less obvious costs will pay off handsomely.

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