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    Asked Jul 24, 2007, 09:31 AM 10 Answers
    I am going to start giving my teen money to buy her own clothes every season. The problem is, I don't know how much I should be giving her. Can anyone help me?:confused:

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    surfluver1212 Posts: 25, Reputation: 1
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    Jul 24, 2007, 12:32 PM
    Shirts these days cost lik 15-25 dollars and jeans cost lik 40-80 dollars at lik the abercrombie and hollister!
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    shygrneyzs Posts: 5,017, Reputation: 936
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    Jul 24, 2007, 01:42 PM
    Just take a trip to one the malls and look around. Clothing costs vary according to store, brand, style, etc. If you cannot get to a store, do an online browse through Kohl's or The Gap or Old Navy, etc. They all have online stores. It is not unusual for a shirt to be $50.00 or jeans to be $65.00. But there are cheaper clothes also.

    One thing my (now ex) husband and I did for our oldest son when he got into the teen years and wanted the brand name clothes was to give him the amount we would have paid, for example, a pair of plain pocket jeans at JC Penney's. He had to come up with the rest if he wanted something different. Made him stop and think about just how important those other clothes were to him. Everyone wants to look "right" but it can be done within a reasonable budget.

    Good luck to you.
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    GoldieMae Posts: 263, Reputation: 89
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    Jul 24, 2007, 02:07 PM
    If you live near an H&M, it's great for dirt cheap, trendy clothes. It all depends on where you live, your family finances, etc.

    For example, $200 a month can be a reasonably generous budget for clothes. It won't buy the Rock & Republic jeans, but it'll do damage in an Old Navy. $50 a month is a not so generous budget for clothes, but doable for a teen. And beginning of the school year, worn out shoes, growth rate, etc. can all cause a budget to vary widely.

    I had an allowance growing up, and occasional "bonuses" for clothes. I did pretty well on less than $50 a month, but that was in 1988.

    Now, if you are conscious of what other girls are wearing, and want to make sure she keeps up with whoever, jeans can run anywhere from 80 to 215 bucks. Blouses anywhere from 15 to 100. And you can expect a designer outfit to run close to 400. Ouch.

    The average outfit including bare accessories at Old Navy is around $75, the average outfit at Gap $100, the average at Banana Republic $200, not counting sales. Abercrombie is somewhere around Gap prices, H&M is around Old Navy prices, often less.
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    shygrneyzs Posts: 5,017, Reputation: 936
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    Jul 24, 2007, 02:37 PM
    Don't forget to scout the second hand stores. I have boughten almost new, sometimes new clothing (with the original tags on) there.
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    SoonToBeMumOf5 Posts: 32, Reputation: 2
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    Aug 12, 2007, 02:32 PM
    Also don't forget it might not be all spent on clothes...
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    lydiagr Posts: 33, Reputation: 4
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    Aug 15, 2007, 12:06 PM
    I'd say you should give her a debit card, let her put a certain amoutn of money in there that maybe she made. Then when she goes out to buy clothing, tell her to put it on the card and then reimburse her for the money she spent. You don't want to give her money and have her spend a little on clothing and the rest on other things. That way when she gets home, just ask for the receipt and then reimburse her checking account.

    My mom and I do that and it works out great. She knows all that I got and she knows I'm not trying to gyp(sp) her for money for other things.

    For how much she should be spending, it depends how much you want her to spend, how much money you can afford to give her and where you live (stores do their prices by areas believe it or not).

    Per season, I spend probably around 200-300 on clothing, coats and shoes.
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    LearningAsIGo Posts: 2,653, Reputation: 350

    Aug 15, 2007, 12:31 PM
    You should give her what you can budget. Part of being a teen includes managing money. If you give her $50 she can find stores (H&M, Target, ect) with fashionable things that she could find. Give her $500 and she'll be able to do the same at those stores or more expensive places.

    1. Go by what you can afford to give
    2. How much do you trust her to buy what's necessary?
    --If she's responsible, she'll get supplies, socks, and other "un-fun" things. If not, she could easily spend $500 on a single purse. ;)
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    Aug 15, 2007, 12:48 PM

    See this thread;
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    Aug 15, 2007, 12:56 PM
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    peaceom Posts: 41, Reputation: 3
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    Aug 15, 2007, 02:55 PM
    It really depends on her size and I hate to say that. But its true.
    [example]I have really long legs and I'm skinny too it is so hard for me to find a pair of jeans that fit in the waist and the length so I spend 60$+ on jeans

    So if she's like me I would give enough for her to get 3 or 4 pairs of jeans and some shirts.
    But if she can wear like 20$ jeans then I wouldn't give her as much.

    Hope that helps.

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