We are a family of 5. My husband and I both have professional jobs, and have to wear dress clothes. I have 3 growing kiddos as well. But this year we have decided we will not purchase any "new" clothes.
We really have been trying to do this for the past several years, but this year we have officially made it a goal.
Clarification: we will not purchase new clothes, or at least not from a retail location. I say that because sometimes I find things new with a tag at flea markets or yard sales.
Our clothing this year will come from places like Goodwill, yard sales, possibly Ebay if we can't find it other places, or our children's consignmen sale we have twice per year Rhea Lana's.
Exceptions will be things like underwear. Although when the girls were little I found little girl panties at a yard sale for a NICKEL a peice and bought about 20 pairs. Got us threw potty training quite well.
We decided to do this for 2 main reasons:
1) to teach the kids that we are to be good stewards of the money we have been blessed with. I just can NOT justify spending $120 on a pair of jeans when I can get a vry nice pair for $4 at Goodwill and when that extra $116 I saved would be much better spent on a whole slough of other endeavors including things like mission work, community projects, or even put into our kids educational accounts. You can hate me, you can curse me, but travel the world a bit and that label on your butt that cost you $120 would be a month or more pay for people in other parts of the world.
2) To not contribute to the consumerism that kids now days are exposed to. We want our kids to understand what makes you happy. ( It's not leather boots folks, and if it is, you need help). We are really trying to focus on what it means to be happy, content and have a thankful heart.
I have a post coming up titled " No thank you Joneses" which is very similiar to this thead.
I also have a post coming up about our first Goodwill trip of the year and the amazing things we found for extremely cheap.
I would love to have more you folks on board. Anyone else willing to take the challenge???
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