Do you like to buy new clothes but have serious personal credit card debt? Saving money to get out of debt has to be a no fun venture. There are many ways to still enjoy “shopping” without spending money. Host a clothing swap with some friends to spend zero dollars while still getting some new clothes.
How to Host a Clothing Swap
The basic concept of a clothing swap is a party where clothing, shoes, and accessories are traded among attendees. As the host, it’s your job to handle the logistics as well as to enjoy the fun. It’s important to be clear on the details so that everyone understands the premise, comes prepared and has a good time.
- Set a clear date, time and location.
- Make sure you have tasty treats and beverages!
- Invite a lot of people so that you have a decent turnout.
- There doesn’t have to be a minimum on the amount of clothing someone brings- some will have a lot while others just a few items.
- Ask everyone to bring quality items. You don’t want ripped or stained items.
- Have areas for people to display their items.
You can choose to have everyone barter and trade with one another directly. Another way is to have everyone take turns and choose an item round by round. After a few rounds, then you can go nuts. It gives each person a better opportunity to pick a few great items without any pressure.
Saving Money Hosting a Clothing Swap
A clothing swap is a great way to save money as part of a debt management plan. The only real cost to you as a host should be refreshments. To offset this cost, you can ask everyone to bring something to contribute. You can also switch which of your friends hosts each time. Maybe you have a swap every few months. This will hopefully satisfy your needs to shop without spending hardly any money at all.
By skipping the clothes shopping for an extended amount of time, you can probably save lots of money and maybe even kick some bad shopping habits. Let’s say you were spending $100 a month on clothing and shoes. In a year, you could save $1,200! All that money can be applied to your debt through the Debt Snowball or the Debt Avalanche methods.
Whether you are in college, working or raising a family, a clothing swap is a great way option. So the next time you are struggling to stay away from the clothes racks, remember you can still enjoy affordable fashion without spending money.