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How to be Thrifty During Quarantine!

Funding a new wardrobe isn’t cheap. Did you know that an average American spends around $160 a month on clothes? Buying clothes is one of the main expenses on our list. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Below I have listed four recommendations on how to be thrifty and frugal during this extended period of social distancing and self-quarantine. Enjoy!

1.Resell your clothes

Want to make some quick, easy cash and help the environment in the process?

Instead of throwing away your clothes or accessories that don’t fit you anymore or you have lost interest in, try reselling your items on apps such as Mercari, Depop, or Poshmark. Also, in the midst of this pandemic, these online shopping apps are safer to use, as it limits the need for in-person contact. I have used Mercari in the past and have had much success selling many of my unwanted clothes items. It’s very user friendly and a convenient way to earn money! And always remember: your trash could be someone else’s treasures!

2. Consignment Stores

Consignment stores are a great way to save your money and make some too! Instead of buying trendy new clothes at retail value, these stores sell the same items, gently used, at much more affordable prices! They allow you to declutter and refresh your wardrobe in an environmentally friendly and financially smart way. Plato’s Closet, Uptown Cheapskate, Clothes Mentor, and Once Upon a Child are just a few examples of top consignment stores you should consider selling to and buying from.

3. Places to Donate During Quarantine

It’s the perfect time for a quarantine closet clean and to help others in need. Although some thrift stores are closed during the pandemic in select locations,

you can still donate to the majority of Goodwill stores. Also, the Salvation Army is still accepting and in need of donations, whether that be in the form of hygiene products, non-perishable food, cleaning and sanitizing items, etc. You can also make a financial contribution to the organization on their website linked below.

4. DIY Face Mask

Buying disposable masks can end up being quite expensive. Making a DIY reusable face mask will save you money in the long run, will last longer, and is also better for the environment! It’s a win-win. If you’re not sure what materials to use to make your mask, a research at Cambridge University “found that cotton T-shirts and cotton pillowcases are the best at-home materials for making DIY face masks, due to their ability to capture small particles yet remain breathable.” In addition, a “Wake Forest study also found that the most effective were constructed of two layers of heavyweight ‘quilters cotton’ with a thread count of at least 180.” Here is a YouTube tutorial linked below that shows you how to make an easy no sew face mask at home!


Sarah Maker. (2020) “5 ways to Make a No-Sew Face Mask with Household Materials”

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