Sunday, December 7, 2008

TMR Frugal Living Tip #51

Today's thrifty living tip is extend the life of your clothes with simple alterations. What I mean is cut long sleeve shirts into short sleeve or jeans and pants into shorts. Of course you would either need some basic sewing knowledge or know someone that could do this for you. My mom is an excellent seamstress and does sewing jobs for me. I do know how to sew but I don't have a machine, and I don't really enjoy sewing like she does.

I mainly do this for my son's clothes. This is really great for uniform pants so I don't have to buy shorts since the pants are usually too short for the next winter. They will still fit nicely in the waist so this is ideal. I know I save at least $20-30 by doing this plus I donate them so less in the landfills. My mom does an excellent job hemming and you can't tell they weren't bought this way. I also have done this with his winter pajamas and jeans. I have bought a couple of knit shirts that were on a great sale, but I really wanted short sleeve. I paid $3 each and I wear short sleeve more since weather is warmer more during the year. Wear your favorite item longer with a simple alteration.

7 comments:

Cy said...

I don't know why I haven't been doing this. It's a simple and really great frugal tip. Thanks.

Irene said...

I would do this more if I were any good at sewing, tehe!

Lori said...

That's a great tip! I never really thought of that before, but it makes perfect sense.

texas_sweetie said...

thanks for sharing.. very nice idea..

A Trivita Mom said...

Tip in time for Christmas, I bought Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee, they put it in a cute Christmasy paper bag, I decided to recycle the bag instead of buying one of those expensive boutique bags to put gifts in.
That way you are going green and saving money all at once.
More tips like that on my blog.

fidget said...

very clever! I wish they did uniforms around here. Would make my life 43% easier

Heather said...

What a great tip! It makes perfect sense, so much so that we all should've known it!