Budgeting can be hard work. Especially when you’re trying to find room in your budget for things that may not be “essential”. Of course, clothing is essential but nice clothing – the kind doesn’t fall apart after three washings – isn’t necessarily an essential because yes, you can make do with clothing that falls apart (it’s the whole reason I learned how to sew by hand).
The majority of my designer clothing I earn for free. Call it guilt but I hate paying out of our budget for designer clothes for me. And my version of nice is name brand – like H&M, American Eagle, and even Express. Now, before you go thinking I’m a clothing snob, I have Walmart coat (seen in the picture below) that is my favorite and no one even knows it came from Walmart! So, you definitely don’t have to spend a ton to look great!
(In this photo the jeans [American Eagle] and shoes [Lucky Brand] I bought for free. The coat is from Walmart and was a gift for Christmas from one of my boys. They know their mama well. 🙂 )
And since I’ve talked about my free clothing hauls several times on my social media, I thought it was time for me write a blog post that gives the details of exactly what I do to earn those free clothes.
So how do I do it? How do I earn the majority of my clothes for free?
(This entire outfit was free to me – including the boots!)
I can’t mention Swagbucks enough. I use my SBs for everything! We paid for our entire Christmas last year with the points I earned from Swagbucks. (You can read more on making a debt-free Christmas possible here.)
The boots in the outfit pictured above were purchased from Amazon (these are the ones here) with an Amazon gift card that I bought with my Swagbucks. These have quickly become my favorite boots and I’m convinced that all girls should a pair of sturdy boots in their closet!
(And yes, if you’re wondering I felt totally awkward taking all these photos. 🙂 )
This is another site that I mention often – because I use them often. I earn so many free clothes from there just by referring others and sending them our unwanted clothing (they accept kids clothes!). The entire outfit pictured above cost me $0.00. The jeans are American Eagle (different ones than the ones in the photo with the coat…apparently I like AE….), the striped top is H&M and the cardigan is J.Crew.
If you want $20 off your first order of $25 or more, you can sign up for ThredUp here and then start referring all your friends and family so you can earn $20 for each friend!
Yet again, this is another site that I talk about often because I use them all.the.time. Ebates is a cashback site (Ebates is now called Rakuten) that offers cashback deals on many online retailers. I earned $3 back on the boots in the picture because I first went through ebates.com, clicked on Amazon, and then shopped like normal. I often use my cashback to purchase clothes for my husband (since ThredUp doesn’t have men clothes). So, I literally made $3 on my boots because my boots cost me nothing to buy. Awesome sauce. 🙂
These are the ways that I earn my clothes for free so I don’t have to come out of the budget for them. What are your ways of scoring free clothing or next-to-free clothes?