Returning to work has the decided advantage of extra income but it would be easy, if I abandoned the simpler and more frugal things we do here, to fritter those additional funds away. We are keen to save as much of our extra pennies as possible!
So, after spending much of the past four non-working years in shorts and T-shirts, and the occasional skirt if I had to "dress-up", I needed some 'fancier' clothes for work. Rather than spending a small fortune to buy brand new clothes, I looked at what I already had, sewed a few extra things myself and found a few bargains at the local op-shops.
A fully-lined dress with a little belt I already had.
(I love these colours!)
A creamy top and a $7 pair of sweet little shoes.
A versatile, pleated skirt.
(I can match this will lots of different coloured tops.)
A light and cool Summer dress.
($18 for an expensive label.)
What I paid at the op-shop for these well-made clothes was but a fraction of what they would have cost at the dress shops. Clothes that would retail for much, much more but cost me far less and they are in new, or near-new, condition. My purchases also saved adding to landfill and the money I spent supports the charities, Vinnies and the Asthma Foundation, who run my local op-shops. More money left in my pocket, purchases that are better for the environment and community and clothes that I will wear often. Bargains!
How do you save money if you work outside the home too?