A frugal mother who was raised in a family of supersavers has revealed she managed to save thousands by not buying any new clothes for two decades.
Angela Morton is a mother of two from South Wales who has been enjoying nothing but pre-loved clothes for the last twenty years.
As the lady revealed, she doesn’t buy any new clothes and even wears second-hand underwear.
Not only did she manage to save thousands on her clothing choices, but the mother also convinced her husband and their two children, aged 16 and 17, to follow her lead.
“I estimate that I have saved hundreds of pounds a year shopping second-hand,” the mother proudly revealed.
“On just three items, I have saved around $1,500. My children have worn second-hand or handmade clothing for at least 10 years and have never had a problem with it.
“They didn’t know any different growing up and now they are older, they like vintage styles and that they can get more for their money. My son loves the 70s and 80s and enjoys vintage shopping. We enjoy vintage shopping as a family day out.”
Angela further revealed that she gets clothes for her family from various online marketplaces and charity shops.
She also explained that her obsession with shopping for second-hand items began when she was still a teenager as her interest in the style from the 1950s and 1960s grew.
“It is ethical and sustainable and has a buy-one-give-two model which means that every time you buy a pair of underwear they donate two pairs of underwear to ‘Smalls for All,’” she added.
“I do buy new socks though. I also purchase second-hand underwear, but they need to be unworn and ‘new with tags.’”
While second-hand shopping comes with plenty of benefits and savings, the mother admitted one needs to be careful where they get their stuff from.
“If you want to do the same, you need to be mindful of what you need and shop around on second-hand sites like eBay, Depop, Vinted, and Facebook Marketplace,” she concluded.
“Talk to your friends about swapping clothes, too. This is a great way of exchanging unwanted clothes. Start off with small changes and don’t be hard on yourself – you don’t need to be perfect to make a big difference!”
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