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5.0 CLOTHING FOR MEN, TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN; DISCOUNT CLOTHES AND CLOTHING.

5.0.1 MEN'S CLOTHES

Because men's clothes are more limited in color and style than those for women, men may have fewer unworn clothes hiding their closets. Men also tend to wear clothes longer and therefore don't buy as many.

However, having said all that, the same general advice on clothes for women also applies to men. Each man has a "style" and a level of comfort. Every man has bought something which later he found he simply didn't like.

So men read the section on clothes for women and instead apply to a man's perspective.

5.0.2 TEEN CLOTHING

Why teens must own expensive brand-name designer clothing is a mystery most adults will never quite understand. Probably it has to do with status, image, and identification with a hero or lifestyle. Plus teens love the fact that it is actually expensive.

Every family will have to find its own solution to this situation, but I would suggest the following.

Plan A: Make them earn the money for designer clothes.

Plan B: Give each teen a clothing budget of $X each season. Explain to them that with that $X they can buy:

1 expensive designer item or
2 brand-name clothes or
4 private-label items or
8 private label items on sale or
16 used consignment shop clothes or
32 thrift store/garage sale togs

Then turn them loose, hope for the best, and maybe in ten years they'll have learned the value of a dollar.

5.0.3 CHILDREN'S CLOTHES

When your family is expecting, hunt down maternity dresses from friends along with complete sets of baby items. Many of these sit unused in attics. However, beware of some older cribs, toys and walkers that have been judged unsafe. Also some older pajamas were not flame retardant.

Since children tend to grow out of clothes before they've worn them out, there should be a surplus of used clothes around. Ask friends, check at thrift stores, go to garage sales.

Several parents have reported that it is quite easy to plan ahead for their children's needs, because they know in a year, their child will be about one size larger.

These parents never turn down gifts of children's clothes, but instead sort through them and keep (in an organized system) ones that their child can grow into. In addition they buy promising clothes (sometimes brand-new) at yard sales and thrift stores. It they make an occasional mistake, they are only out a few dollars. This type of planning could cut a family's clothing expenses in half.

Some new clothing tips:

== Limit your kids to one special new clothing item a season. Then maybe they won't go designer crazy when they're in their teens.

== Buy clothes a little larger. Let the child grow into the it so it will last longer.

== Boys clothes are cheaper, more durable. Buy some clothes for your daughter at the boy's clothing department.


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