Last updated on January 9th, 2020 at 10:13 am
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Christmas time brings more expenses than just gifts: there are those holiday parties that require special Christmas attire. The plays and concerts the children sing in that require them to have a special dress. The staff Christmas party with an ugly Christmas sweater theme.
These events can really break the budget unless you are armed with some thrifty tips on how to save money on Christmas Attire
10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Christmas Attire For The Whole Family
1. Shop your closet
Before trying any other thrifty tip try this free one. Chances are you might just have the perfect outfit for that holiday party stashed in your closet already. For instance, one year I wore a black dress I already owned and paired it with a red sweater that I found in my closet and gave the outfit some glam with a big necklace and a pair of black boots, both of which I already owned.
It cost me zero for this outfit and it had a Christmas feel to it.
2. Put out a Facebook shout out
If your child needs a white button down shirt for his Christmas play, instead of marching to the store, take just 5 seconds to put a plea out on Facebook.
I answered this exact Facebook status update need one year and felt blessed to be able to help out a friend.
If you would rather not make it public then just do a group message to friends whom you’re comfortable borrowing from.
3. Thrift stores
Thrift stores are a treasure trove of ugly Christmas sweaters at an inexpensive price. You can also find holiday outfits for your children and yourself at a small price.
For the best of selection I suggest shopping in an area where you can hit up several stores at once.
4. Brick & mortar consignment stores
Consignment stores are generally more expensive than thrift stores, but their selection of Christmas attire is usually greater. Know your prices for new clothing before you enter, though, because sometimes I have found that I can beat consignment store prices by combining my thrifty tricks for new clothing purchases.
5. Online consignment stores
- ThredUP (sign up through my referral link and receive a $10 credit) (offer may change)
- Schoola (sign up through my refferal link and receive a $10 credit)
- Swap (has a men’s section too! )
If your town is small and you need to take your shopping online (or perhaps you just prefer it), online sources of secondhand gently used clothing can be a great money saving option.
Although I have shopped at all 3 online consignment stores listed above ThredUP is the online consignment store I order from most often . It has clothing for infants through teens for both boys and girls, as well as adult clothing for women. They also carry maternity wear. I have had great luck find good quality clothing not just at Christmas time but all year long at ThredUp.
6. Holiday sales
Over the Christmas season most stores run incredible sales on clothing. Even if the holiday attire isn’t included in the sale, chances are you can find an item that might not be marked “holiday attire” but gives your outfit that Christmas feel. Look for red and green items, as well as silver and gold. Look for accessories that can offer a holiday look to items you already own.
7. Daily deal sites
Zulily is my favorite daily deal site for brand name clothing at decent discounts, however they are not the only daily deal site that offers clothing. Cents of Style , and Jane all offer daily clothing deals as well and they include holiday attire especially the all time favorite–Christmas PJ’s.
8. Join email lists of your favorite stores
If you have your eye on a Christmas dress and the store has an email list I suggest signing up for it and more than likely the emails will give you heads up on special discount codes or sales that could result in you getting that Christmas dress for much less money.
9. Use cash back sites or apps
If you shop online, with just one extra click you can earn cash back from cash back sites such as Ebates or TopCashBack on your Christmas attire purchases. I recommend joining several so that you increase the amount of stores you can earn cash backs from–plus cash back values vary from site to site.
If you prefer to shop in store, ibotta offers in store rebates that can be accessed just by submitting your receipt with your smartphones camera through the app. ibotta also has online cash back options too.
10. Buy just one or two key, classically styled pieces that you can wear again and again
I own one shimmery black skirt that I dress up Christmas season after Christmas season with a new top. I have a classic red sweater that makes almost any outfit look holiday appropriate.
I highly recommend that you pick key holiday pieces instead of entire outfits. Pieces you can dress up or down. Pieces that are in holiday colors but don’t scream ugly Christmas sweater. Classic items will save you money over time.
2 things you can do to make next season even more thrifty
1. Shop Christmas clearance sales
This is especially a great way to save money on children’s Christmas attire. When my daughter was little I would buy her Christmas dress in January most years at 75% off or more.
2. Shop yard sales
If I didn’t find a Christmas dress on clearance for my daughter when she was little I usually found it at a yard sale. Christmas dresses or other Christmas attire usually only gets worn half a dozen times or so–which means they hit the yard sale pile in great shape and cost just a fraction of the cost of new.
Got a great saving money on Christmas attire tip? Share it with me in the comments!
For a list of 52 different websites, apps, and stores our thrifty family uses to help us keep our expenses low, click here to visit our Thrifty Tools Resource Page.