30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Clothing and Giving

#29: Buy clothing off season or when deeply discounted


If I am going to purchase clothing new, I usually wait until I can “stack” clearance prices with a coupon.  If you are registered with department stores like Penny’s, Sears, Kohls, etc., you should be receiving coupons in the mail, such as the current $10 off $10 Penny’s coupon that frequently comes in the mail. I will take that coupon to the clearance rack and purchase a clothing piece to expand my wardrobe for as little as $.99 out of pocket.


Did you know that New York & Co. will give you a 25% discount on clearance items with your AAA card? Love it!


I haven’t had huge success with thrift or consignment stores for adult clothing here in the North Hills, but this is a powerful resource in other areas.


I have been blessed to receive quite a few nice hand-me-downs for our boys, so I haven’t had to purchase clothing for them that often.  When I do need something, I check our local consignment store (Once Upon a Child), or I combine a Target web coupon with a sale price (I have scored free socks several times going this route). Kohls also offers great clearance prices on their off-season clothing.


The key here is to think outside the box.  Don’t run to the department store and pay full price every time you need an article of clothing. Use coupons against sale prices whenever possible.



#30: Practice generosity and GIVE freely!


I cannot underestimate the importance of giving.  Our family has always made this our number one priority, and I believe that God has blessed us as a result.  My favorite verse on this topic is as follows:


Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. -Malachi 3:10


It’s hard to believe we are already at the end of the series!  We have really only scratched the surface of ways to cut the cost of living.  I hope these posts have encouraged you to begin your own research and head toward the goal of reducing your cost of living. Remember, saving in almost every expense category is possible, but it just takes planning and research.  Dive in…it’s worth it!


Did you enjoy this series?  Please leave a comment and let me know what topics you would enjoy for series in the future. Thanks!


  1. I think this is my first visit (via twitter). We have a once upon a child store too, and I love it! Especially for little shoes. Once my daughter grew out of a shoe size in 2 weeks!

  2. Wanda B Leimkuehler says:

    Did you realize that all of your links only take a person to #29 and #30 of this series? I clicked on everything, from Pinterest to highlighted items on this site to no avail. You might want to check this and correct it so it is simpler for followers to see. Thanks.

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