Saving money for buying something big in the future is quite common, but saving money for travel is the ultimate goal for many people. An Australian mom, however, saved money for travel in a special way, and the results were amazing. Her secret is simple. She never spends more than $5 for a piece of clothing and buys everything from a thrift shop, except for underwear. The final outcome? Lavish travel with family and $300,000 savings. Sounds too good to be true? Not to her and her family. The story is from the Daily Mail.
Hannah Klose, from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is not an ordinary mom. Instead of brand-new threads, this stylish 36-year-old mom spends her cash on lavish holidays around the world with her husband Dan, 36, and daughter Josie, two.
‘I’ve saved more than $280,000 in my lifetime just from thrifting. I’ll never pay more than $5 for an item of clothing,’ she said.
‘I would say 99 per cent of my family’s wardrobes are thrifted – the only thing I’ll buy new is underwear.’
The 36-year-old fashionista’s wardrobe is actually packed with designer clothes and vintage garments that she found in thrift stores. These pieces of clothing look so good, but she actually never spent more than $5 on a single one of them.
Wondering what she does with all that money? Hanna spent her cash on luxurious holidays all around the world, of course. Also, she pays off her mortgage and gives money to charity.
‘I always say to people ‘would you rather spend your money on brand-new clothes or be able to travel the globe and have new life experiences? I know I’d much rather have a better lifestyle and be able to travel and own a house rather than wasting money on expensive outfits.’
In the past few years, the mother-of-one has visited France, Italy and the UK. She has also traveled across the US including three trips to New York.
Hannah has also relaxed on the beaches of Thailand and Bali thanks to her thrifty ways, as well as traveling around Australia and New Zealand. Her thrifty habit was left as a gift from her super-thrifty parents.
She explains: ‘My parents were always finding something at the dump to bring home. It smelled so bad and was really embarrassing. I always thought ‘oh god, I hope no one sees me. Our dining table cost $1 from the tip but they restored it beautifully and they still have it to this day.’
Here are some of her thrift shopping tips:
1. Look at everything, on every rack including kids, men’s and plus-size.
2. Have a vision of the look you want before you go shopping.
3. Travel for a bargain. Regional and rural areas are usually cheaper and less used.
4. DIY. Don’t be afraid of a little stain or loose thread. See potential in clothes.
5. Find pieces you can wear a few times and with different outfits to get the most out of your money.
6. Wear something you can change out of quickly so you can try on lots of clothes in one go.
7. Cash is king. Make sure you have plenty of spare change.
The fashionable mum has even imparted her knowledge to her adorable two-year-old Josie. Josie loves op-shopping too.
‘I’ve been taking Josie op-shopping since she was born and she’s become quite the little thrifter. She is always looking for second hand baby dolls and fluffy tutus – she has a huge collection. We’ll go thrifting together all day and I’ll tell her it’s time to go home for lunch and she will plead with me ‘mum, can we go to just one more op-shop?”
The mom also admits that her engineer husband Dan doesn’t quite relish the experience as much as the girls.
‘Dan’s a very patient man but he has to set me a time limit if we go op-shopping together. He hates shopping but the beauty about op-shops is there is lots of old couches and chairs lying around so he always has somewhere to hang out while he waits for me,’ she adds.
Hanna thinks op-shopping is like a ‘treasure hunt’ and her ‘best cardio’.
‘There are some amazing pieces just waiting to be discovered. I’ve found designer denim jackets for $2 and I have a beautiful embossed Gucci handbag that was $6. Going into an op-shop actually gets my heart rate up and I start having palpitations. It’s the best cardio I’ve ever had.’
This goes beyond clothes, as she buys nearly everything from thrift stores.
She said: ‘I have a collection of vintage lamps, gold framed mirrors and Persian rugs. Even simple things like our can opener, slow cooker and coffee mugs we bought second-hand.’
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