The pandemic led to clothing shortages last year, so this week our fourth prep challenge in July is to buy clothing basics for next year. Clothing sales fell 79% in April 2020, some of our favorite stores disappeared, and current news reports indicate clothing prices will increase. Before you run out the door, the idea is to have a basic supply of clothes for next year.
BUY CLOTHING BASICS FOR NEXT YEAR
In the Local Area Preparedness Guides from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we read, “Store other necessities you would need for emergencies in case they are not available to buy.” Suggested items: “Clothing, including some that young children can grow into.” Let’s look at how to stock up on clothing especially for children.
Take a Clothing Inventory
- Decide how much you feel each person needs now and for the next year as the season changes.
- Inventory the clothes your family has now and involve your children. Now is a good time to teach them to generously give away unneeded items.
- Does each person have an adequate supply of underwear, socks, shoes, or other clothing?
- As you learn to evaluate the differences between wants and needs, you’ll soon come up with a plan to stock up on basic clothing for next year.
- Save clothes in good condition for another child. Since infants grow quickly, buy a larger size they will eventually grow into. Buy extra shoes on clearance. If they don’t fit later, trade with a friend.
- Focus on buying less-expensive basics. If you find a great sale, buy one shirt in your child’s current size and one in the next size up with a different design or color.
- Know quality brands to look for in thrift stores and clothes will last longer. Jeans can be cut down to shorts for the summer. If you own a sewing machine, do a few alterations on clothing.
- Latter-day Saint temple garments were not made to last forever, so keep a few new ones on hand.
“As you think about what you need to store, consider basic items (hygiene supplies, medication, important documents, clothing, and so on), water, and food that you may need to sustain yourself and your family for short-term and long-term periods. Learn about what to store for your area’s specific needs in the Temporal Preparedness Guide for Your Area.Tips for Food Storage and Production
Shop Seasonal Clearance Sales
When you see “Lowest Prices of the Season” it means lowest price period. Buy summer clothes at clearance sales in mid-July through August and winter clothes in January and early February.
- TARGET: The Krazy Coupon Lady says after a holiday you can get 50% off the day after, 75% off three days after, and 90% off a week after. Children’s clothing is put on clearance on Monday, women’s on Tuesday, and men’s on Wednesday.
- OLD NAVY: The Krazy Coupon Lady says Spring sales are mid-April to end of May, summer sales mid-July through August, fall sales mid-October through November, and winter sales mid-January through February. Black Friday is 50% off the entire store.
- KOHL’S: Watch for 50% to 80% off clearance sales. There’s a winter boot clearance in January-February. Match coupons to clearance items for the best price.
- NORDSTROM RACK: Watch for 3-day “Clear the Rack” events with 50% – 75% off just before each holiday.
I hope some of these ideas help you buy clothing basics for next year. Pray for help and you will be blessed to find what you need.
Best wishes and stay healthy!
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