Do you ever find it hard to keep track of who needs what clothing and what size each person in the family wears?
Do you see a great sale on summer shoes or a bargain swimsuit at the op-shop and think what size does my child wear again?
And I’ve found an easy way to keep track of who needs what and what their current size is using Evernote*.
Evernote is a great little app. I’ve written about it before explaining how I use it to keep track of recipes.
You can use Evernote to save money on buying clothes by keeping track of:
- The clothes each family member already has (this helps you to mix and match)
- What each member of the family will need in the next 12 months
- Current sizes
Keep all this information in one place yet accessible where ever you go thanks to Evernote’s smartphone app.
Here’s how to use Evernote to save money on clothing.
keep clothing requirements and sizes in evernote
1. CREATE A NEW NOTEBOOK
Keep all your information organised in Evernote by creating separate notebooks for your information. I created a notebook called “Family Clothing”.
You can further organise your information by grouping your notebooks. Do this by right clicking your notebook and select ‘add to stack’ then create a new stack.
2. CREATE A NOTE FOR EACH PERSON IN THE FAMILY
Create a note for each person in the family so that you can easily look up what they need or sizes when out shopping.
Give your note a tag (this is optional, but can come in handy when searching notes).
3. CREATE A TABLE IN EACH NOTE
Using the table button, create a table for each person with three columns.
In each column list items of clothes that each person has, the current size and the number of each.
Under the table write down what clothing will be needed in the next 12 months and the size(s) needed.
4. DOWNLOAD EVERNOTE ONTO YOUR SMARTPHONE
The whole point of using Evernote is to easily take your information with you, so sync your account with your smartphone or download and install the app if you haven’t got it already.
And you’re done!
Now when you’re at the op-shop or out shopping and you see a bargain, you can look up your list on Evernote to double check sizing and requirements.
5. USING YOUR LISTS
You can also use this list to plan purchases in advance so that you only buy clothes when they’re on sale.
For instance, you can buy end of season clothes at bargain prices ready for next season. Save money and save yourself the mad dash to the shops when the weather suddenly turns and you realise your kids have no warm clothes that fit (ahem, not that I’m speaking from experience, of course not ).
I also use this information to plan work clothing for hubby – work shirts are greatly reduced during January sales time.
The other thing you can do with this list is share it with the nannas. My mother and Mother-in-Law both like buying clothes for the kids, and this way I can keep track of what they need and in what sizes and pass that information onto the nannas.
If your nanna is tech savvy, then you can simply share the note with them directly.
You can also share it with your partner so they can keep track of what clothes are needed.
6. UPDATING YOUR NOTES
Take a second to update your clothing list whenever you make a purchase. This should take no time if you do it via your smartphone (you could even do it while you’re waiting at the checkout).
Then, whenever you notice a shirt that is worn or pants that are getting too small, or undies that have lost the elastic, update your note for that person so you can keep an eye out for bargains next time you’re shopping.
Because I now carry this information when I go out, I no longer miss out on bargains on items that we actually need because I can’t remember sizing. And I can keep an eye out at the op-shop for items that I need.
And if I’m shopping for me, I can find clothes that match and compliment my current wardrobe (tip: add an extra column to your table that includes colours of clothing).
How do you keep track of clothing sizes and clothing needs for your family?
*I’m not affiliated with Evernote in any way and do not receive anything for writing about them. I just think it’s a super useful app, which I use all the time.
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Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.