One of the ways I manage to spend very little is by not spending much on clothes. I had to buy some undershirts for my new job this week which doubled my clothing expenditure for the year. My only previous clothing expense for the year was for underwear. I estimate that I generally spend less than $100 on clothing.
I don’t have to buy clothes very often. Between getting clothes for my birthday and Christmas, getting free t-shirts from events such as 5ks or FINCON, and occasionally receiving other people’s castoffs I have almost all the clothes I need. Since I’ve had an established wardrobe at my current size the only clothes I need in a typical year are new socks and underwear.
I’ve found that my pants and shirts take a long time to wear out. This is despite not spending much on them. My cheap clothes last a long time. I have a couple of pairs of shorts that I bought at a thrift store for $1.15 each that I’ve had for years and they get a lot of wear. I have a pair of jeans that I bought for $5 new that has also lasted for years. I don’t have a bunch of shorts and pants (due to my expanding waist line) so they get worn a lot and they still hold up. I probably have a lifetime supply of shirts. I have donated or thrown away a bunch of my old shirts to reduce my supply of shirts, but I keep getting more free shirts.
Clothes aren’t important to me so I don’t want to spend a lot of money on them. I do try to dress professionally for work. Other than that as long as I don’t look like a vagrant (or at least look like an upscale vagrant) and I’m comfortable then I’m not worried about my clothes. If I could reduce my clothing to one set of clothes for each day of the week I’d be perfectly content with that.