Today, everyone needs to economize. There are many ways to save money. One of the best money saving strategies, is to buy used clothing. If you buy used clothing at a local used clothing retail store for everyone in the family, just imagine how much money you can save. Children go through clothing very fast. Either they grow out of their clothing, or they wear them out. Instead of buying new clothing, consider buying used clothing. You can save a lot of money by shopping at used clothing retail stores. If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can really jazz the garment up. You can shorten the hem with your sewing machine or by hand. You can make any other adjustments to get the right look and fit. If there is a minor stain, just put a cute iron-on decal over it. With todays style, even a few holes are fashionable. Local used clothing retail shops are a great place to buy one-time outfits, such as for: Easter, a wedding, an anniversary or funeral. Local used retail stores are also a great place to get your Halloween costumes. Some sell new costumes, however, a lot of people like to pick out their own used clothing to make up a costume. There are many avenues for buying used clothing. You can go to one of your local used clothing retail stores, garage sales, flea markets, consignment shops, and online auction sites. If you live in a small town, just get out your yellow pages or go on the internet and search for used clothing in one of the larger cities near you. Consignment shops and used clothing retail stores separate the clothes into men, women, boys, girls, children, and infants. While they are separating them, they also screen each garment to be sure they are offering good merchandise. However, you should always check for tears, missing buttons, stains, and make sure zippers work. Each store has its own way of offering savings. Some use color coded tags. Each week they offer 50% off on all clothing with a certain color tag. Others offer a 99 cent sale once a week. Some stores will give you cash or in-store credit for clothing you bring in. Always check with each store to find out what their policies are and when they have sales.