I’m pretty frugal. I say “pretty,” because I have a book buying habit, which probably would not fall into the frugal category. I also buy most of our food at the local coop, which is good for the health of my family, the environment, and the local economy, but not for our bank account.
But other than that, I’m so frugal, I wait to replace products until they are literally falling apart.
If you’ve seen my purse, you know what I mean.
This fall, my underwear started falling apart. At least some pairs. So I needed to replace them. I’ve been getting my underwear at Victoria’s Secret for as long as I can remember. It’s just the default. But this time, I wanted to see if I could be socially responsible with my underwear purchase. (Which I knew probably wouldn’t be cheap.)
A Google search on “organic underwear” quickly led me to the B Corporation-certified organization PACT with the wonderful slogan “You Change Your Underwear, Together We Change The World.”
(The marketer in me fell in love!)
The first time I visited the website, I got a coupon for $10 off, and that clinched the deal. The positive customer reviews didn’t hurt either. I ordered four pairs of underwear for $29.98. Shipping was free.
Here’s the best part: these are the most comfortable, well-fitting pairs of underwear I’ve ever owned. And the quality is awesome, which means I hopefully won’t have to replace them for quite some time.
As frugal as I am, I don’t mind paying a premium for quality, sweatshop-free, organic, sustainable-produced clothing. In fact, maybe this is my “flavor” of frugal: buy fewer high-quality items.
It doesn’t take much to find excellent alternatives to big business products. Sure, the first time, you may have to do some research, but once you’ve found a good product, you can stick with it until it’s discontinued or the quality goes downhill.
And I’ve already done the underwear research for you. You’re welcome.