Frugal Mom Goes to Work
Once upon a time, I was a mom who wore suits to work everyday. I have mentioned once before where I would be looking for suits now (Target), if I were shopping for new. Locating affordable vintage suits is the subject of this fine post at Shangri Law .
Now, I want to tell you that The New Women's Dress for Success by John T Molloy (1996) is not what you may think it is. Instead, it's an informative read. The first sentence:
"The jacket has become the hallmark of the American businesswoman..."
In addition to recommending a "jacket outfit" as an alternative to a suit, it contains fascinating chapters on different style types and the psychology of color.
How does this relate to Frugal Mom? Well, certainly a "jacket outfit" affords more flexibility for economy than strictly dressing in suits does. When thrifting or clearance-shopping, make the jacket section your first stop; the dollar amount to be saved here is most significant. I personally own a half-dozen or so jackets, none of which cost me more than $15. Beware of looking dated, however, when shopping thrift. Best to take along an honest friend whose taste runs to the contemporary.
One final thought: if you are a frugal working mom, you may be interested in the Mom Makes Calculator at Crown Financial Ministries. I quit when I got tired of eating beans and potatoes, while my day-care provider bought a new house and a new car.