The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help save on your budget and reduce waste, you can shop at local thrift stores, yard sales, consignment shops, as well as Poshmark or Depop.

Here are some ways to extend the life of your clothing:

  • Mend or repair clothing.
  • Frequent washing and drying wears down the fabric, so try line drying to give longer life to your clothes.
  • Clothes washed in cold water will last longer and turn out just as clean as clothes washed on warm or hot cycles.
  • Use baking soda to brighten whites instead of bleach, which can break down fibers in the clothing.
  • Buy multi-packs of the socks to have extra matches on hand when one sock goes missing or wears out.
  • Regularly take an inventory of your wardrobe and avoid unnecessary new purchases.