Are you searching for free clothing near me? If you need to upgrade your wardrobe or your children’s clothing, here is where you can find free clothing in your area.
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Everything is SO expensive right now! I admit, it’s hard to not get sticker shock when shopping for nearly everything these days. From groceries, to home items to clothes, costs have risen considerably.
If these increases have impacted your budget, you’re not alone. According to CNBC, clothing costs have risen about 5.2% per year and keep going up.
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If you are needing some new clothes for your family, but don’t have much in your budget, in this article I’m going to share how to find free clothing and how to stretch your clothing budget further in the new year.
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Free Clothing Near Me – Where to Find Free Clothing in Your Area
Getting clothing (and other things you need) for free is possible. Here are some resources to help you get started.
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Clean Out Your Closets and Dressers
Have you cleaned out the closets and dressers at your house recently? Chances are you might find that you have more clothing on hand than what you realized!
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Go through your closets and drawers and do an inventory of what items can still be worn and what items can be resold or repurposed. Can those old stained t-shirts and gym shorts be repurposed to pajamas or play clothes?
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Will your older son’s hand-me-downs now fit your youngest? Can an old dress be trimmed and hemmed into a stylish shirt? Get organized and you might not need as much new clothing for your kids or yourself as you thought, especially if you or a loved one can do simple updates such as attaching buttons or sewing a hem.
Be sure to check out these other tips on how to declutter your home to save money.
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Set Up a Clothing Swap
Do you have family members or friends with similar sizes to yours? Set up a clothing swap or trade items back and forth.
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You’ll prevent old clothing from going into landfills and be able to get some great gently used items at no cost. I’ve traded clothes often in the past with my sisters and friends and it’s a great way to get free clothing for myself and my kids.
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Many moms and parent groups will have seasonal clothing swaps to help families update kids wardrobes and get free clothing before the new season. You can even find formal dress swaps if you need a free prom dress. Keep an eye on social media and local community forums.
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Check Out Neighborhood Clothing Closets
If your family is low income, you might be qualify to receive items from local clothing closets. These organizations are an excellent resource when your budget is tight and you can also consider donating other items your family no longer needs to give back as well. To find this resource for your area, search for “free clothing near me” and see what organizations might offer this service for your area.
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Check Free Swap Groups
Did you know that there are buy nothing groups that exist online just for families to give away or trade items?
These swap sites are a valuable resource especially when funds are tight and it can pay off to watch them for items your family need.
Search for local Facebook groups in your area, Craig’s List or Freecycle to see what is available near you.
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Free Diapers, Formula and Other Baby Freebies
Have a little one or a baby on the way? Did you know there are organizations and places that help out with what you need? Don’t miss these freebies for new parents. Many food pantries and clothing closets will also have diapers and other baby items available.
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Shop Garage Sales and Thrift Stores
While it’s not totally free, garage sales and thrift store are very cheap and can be an excellent way to stretch your clothing budget, especially when you have a family.
You can often even find name-brand, designer items or brand-new clothing with the tags still on. It can take a bit of searching and digging, but the results can be worth it!
Planning your own garage sale? Having a garage or yard sale can be a great way to make money fast for the things you need. We reticently made over $700 in a weekend with a garage sale. Don’t miss these tips to make your garage sale a success.
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Consign Old Clothes, Toys and More
Do you have lots of clothing and toys that your children have outgrown or that you no longer wear? Why not sell or consign these items to earn extra cash? I regularly take bags and totes of my children’s clothing to our local consignment store.
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Once the items sell, I can redeem my credit for extra cash to pay bills or keep it as store credit to pay for new clothing. This week I was able to get my son new pajamas, several new pairs of pants and a new hoodie, and my daughter a new sweater just from consigning one small tote bag of old clothes they had outgrown.
If you prefer to consign your clothes online instead of locally, Ebay and Facebook Marketplace are great options for individual items or groups of items. I’m also partial to Thredup.com for selling used children’s clothing online. Register for free for Threadup today and you’ll also get $10 free towards your first Thredup purchase. For new items, especially designer items, you may also be able to resell on Amazon.
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Register for Reward Programs
Reward programs can be an amazing resource for discounts and freebies, especially when your family loves certain brands. We have received thousands of dollars in free stuff over the years, and while some reward programs require you to collect points or make a purchase, others just require you to sign up. Clothing store reward programs will often send high value coupons that you can use to score free or heavily discounted items.
Here are some of my favorite stores with reward programs if you have children.
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Use Money Saving Apps
Did you know there are amazing money saving apps that can help you earn free stuff and cash back on your purchases? Cash back sites like Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) and TopCashBack pay you cash on your purchases and can help you earn cash rewards that you can use to get free clothes and shoes, or what ever else your family might need.
Ibotta is a money-saving app that gives you cash back when you shop at popular stores. I use Ibotta most often at the grocery store, where I can earn $50 or more a month back in rewards that I can redeem for store gift cards to buy clothing and more. Learn more about my favorite apps to save money.
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Free Clothing in Your Area
If you are needing free clothing, the good news is that there are lots of resources. In addition to what is listed in this article, in the United States you can also call 211 to get assistance. The organizations at this number can help with a variety of things including clothing for your family.
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