Once again, I have a frugal tip from my mother.
When we were little, she separated our clothes into two categories: “good,” and “play clothes.”
The “good” clothes were for school, church, and other social occasions. They were always kept clean, pressed, and as close as possible to new condition. As soon as we came home, we were to change into our “play clothes.”
The “play clothes” were clothes that my mom didn’t care if we messed up. While they were cleaned regularly, they didn’t get repaired if they were damaged. Often, the “play clothes” were made from old “good” clothes – such as cutting old slacks into shorts.
The purpose of these designations, my mother explained to me, was to make the “good clothes” last as long as possible.
Now that I’m an adult, I see the wisdom of her system. In fact, to some extent, I still use her system today (not only for my kids, but also for myself). I do have two sets of clothes: one for doing chores and another for social occasions. The practice does indeed make the “good” clothes last longer.
At home I typically wear an old tee shirt and old jeans or sweat pants. I have an old pair of tennis shoes that already have grass stains all over them – so they can be used to mow the lawn, walk in the mud, paint, or do any other messy chore that I might have. When I go out I either wear dress slacks and a nice top OR a newer pair of jeans with a newer tee shirt and newer tennis shoes.
Because I’m in the habit of changing out of my nice clothes to do chores, I find that the nice clothes (which tend to be more expensive) last longer and I don’t have to buy dress clothes as often.
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