Molly Green Magazine: Molly Saves in the Closet


It’s easy to get carried away with clothing. A smaller wardrobe can cover all the bases.Learn how to outfit your family inexpensively, make your own closet organizer, and even turn a spare closet into an office.

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Be a frugal fashionista!

Reduce, reuse, and buy used to save money on clothing without sacrificing style.

In Molly’s Money-Saving Digest -Molly Saves In the Closet, learn how to outfit your family inexpensively, make your own closet organizer, and even turn a spare closet into an office. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Make a cool summertime treat with a few minutes of your time and a few ingredients you probably already have at hand.
  • Add a versatile Mexican meal to your recipe box.
  • Explore your options for making sure your pets are well-cared-for when you’re away.
  • Teach your kids an important financial concept for businesses.
  • Discover the many benefits of drinking water.
  • Learn how to protect your hair from the ravages of summertime.
  • Find out which book stays on Molly’s shelf year after year.

Molly Saves! In the Closet

It’s easy to get carried away with clothing. From the temptation to overspend to the burden of having more clothes than storage space, wardrobes can be worrisome. In this society so focused on having it all, frugal families must hold to the belief that less is more. With a foundation of neutral basics that really fit, a smaller wardrobe can cover all the bases. This month’s Digest offers up tips on practicing contentment and getting the most out of your clothing budget and your closet space.

  • Find free patterns online to make your own clothes.
  • Learn how to repair damaged clothing or turn lost causes into something useful.
  • Thin your clothing collection to make room for a frugal and fabulous “cloffice,” an office in your closet.
  • Read Molly’s tips on the best places to buy clothing, how to make good purchases, and how to stock your wardrobe with essential pieces.
  • Learn how to turn an inexpensive cardboard shoe organizer into an organizer/storage unit with drawers.
  • Explore the ins and outs of buying used.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • Begin With the Basics: With two zip-lock bags, some rock salt, and some pantry staples, you can manufacture smiles with quick, cooling ice cream. Spice up plain vanilla with some cocoa or other add-ins.
  • Forms, Printables, & Resources: Your husband’s dress shirts can have new life as a blouse, a wallet, or a child’s dress. Those are just a few ideas you’ll find on the Internet for recycling old clothes. Want to try your hand at making new ones? Get sewing help and patterns online.
  • Décor & More: Find out how Eleanor Joyce was able to turn a closet into office space for just $6. If you have a closet that’s filled with things you rarely have need of, make it a cozy and functional home for your computer and put it to good use.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster serves up a recipe for tostadas, which can be adapted to lunch or dinner and is versatile enough to serve with salad, rice, or tortillas, as well as the usual tostada shell.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Whether young people want to start a lemonade stand or a more involved business, there’s something they need to understand: profit.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White takes you step-by-step through taking a simple shoe organizer and turning it into something more: a wonderful place for organizing craft supplies or other small items, complete with drawers.
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Like your skin, your hair needs protection from the sun. Molly tells you how to ward off damage. Do you swim in a pool during the summer? Find out how to diminish the effects of chlorine..
  • Change One Thing This Month: Buying used not only saves money, but it also allows you to buy higher-quality items than you would normally be able to afford. Learn where to look and form the habit of researching used sources before spending the big bucks.
  • Inspiration! Gather a last bit of inspiration for using consignment stores, special department store programs, and thrift stores to keep your closets well-stocked.
  • And more.


Project Manager: Toni Riggs

Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Sharon White, Patricia Hunter, Toni Riggs, Tiffany J. Rule, DVM, KerryAnn Foster

Publication: 2011

Pages: 54

File Size: 4.2 MB


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