For me, I have three words when it comes to all my clothing needs: The Salvation Army. I live in Niles, IL and I am always amazed at what people throw out. Perhaps they are moving somewhere out of state. Perhaps they do not feel it is worth the headache of holding garage sale. Maybe there are no family members to pass down the clothing to. Perhaps, perhaps… nevermind, it is a goldmine strategy to bring your clothing costs down to zero.
As we discussed, for your equanimity, peace, happiness to flourish, you need to be able to work the least hours per week possible in order to sustain your living (identified as food, clothing, shelter).
We have discussed how to manage food costs and shelter. Oh, and by the way, there are other ways to keep your housing costs down even lower as identified by house-sitting or pet-sitting. Many friends I met down this road, live freely for a time (or a long time), but bartering their services for housing. One of my friends both house sits and pet sits and thus lives both shelter and food costs free because HIS friend is always on the job and needs to travel at long stretches.
Now, back to clothing. The Salvation Army is swamped where I live by people tossing out nearly brand new and nice clothing. If your style is like mine, simple and non-flashy, you can buy any and all of your clothing needs for pennies on the dollar. For instance, simple T-shirts are labeled all for 66 cents at the Salvation Army here in Morton Grove, IL on Dempster and Waukegan Ave. My shoes which I purchased there were basically brand new, and cost me only $3.00. Pants were $1.00, and any other clothing and accessories were similarly priced.
We are blessed to be living in a time in history where especially things like clothing are gotten for literally nothing. And as we discussed, the more you can keep those three pillars of necessity done, the more free time you have to pursue and create your own happiness and sense of freedom. There is nobody I have ever heard about who does not want freedom in his/her life. And freedom of your time is accessible by keep life’s necessities down to the bare minimum.
It is true that you may not find the highest top label garments at the Salvation Army all the time. While it is true that very high quality clothing WILL be found there, it will be quickly snatched up by others. However, the regular staple clothing, shoes, pants, shirts, neck ties, jackets (for winter), suits, etc. are abound all year around. Still, you may be lucky and visit at the same time some luxury goods like Chanel purses and dresses are donated. But that is not important anyways.
It is pointless to chase the newest trends, because they change every season. And it costs a small fortune to keep up with the fashions. Right now, in the summer, I can and did purchase my outfit for a tee shirt, boxer shorts (they do not sell “white underwear”), jeans, shoes (that cost me under ten dollars)…to be used for the entire spring and summer. A second or third set of outfits yield similar savings. Winter will of course be the same. That translates to about fifty cents a day on average to clothe yourself for the entire spring/summer season.
Resist, oh resist, the urge to buy expensive retail, “in fashion” clothes, and you will be well rewarded by needing less, and by freeing up your time (since you need not work feverishly to buy silly expensive items) to pursue freedom and bliss and any creative hobbies that you may fancy. At the Salvation Army Thrift stores, you are also free to purchase any books, a bicycle, stereo, or any other things you may need/want for pennies on the dollar.