Shop till you drop wisely with Mall Mania'

By By Beth Randall / 4-H youth agent
June 20, 2004
If you also enjoy shopping and want to learn how to better spend your money wisely, we have just the program for you Mall Mania.
Mall Mania is a program for youth ages 8-18, which teaches young people how to spend money wisely. Youth will meet at the Meeting Place at Bonita Lakes Mall at 1 p.m. on June 23.
The youth will then be taken into various stores to learn about selecting clothes, quality and fit, payment methods, reading labels and care instructions, and general shopping information. After this introduction the participants will be given a situation and several items to comparison shop for. The youth will search for the items and record their findings.
This will be a great opportunity for young people to learn wise shopping skills. According to a 4-H manual, high school girls spend 42 percent of their expendable money on clothes. Guys use only 24 percent of their cash for clothing.
It is not uncommon to hear someone say, "I haven't a thing to wear." If this describes you, then you need to survey your wardrobe and make a plan. Some people spend an unbelievable portion of their money on clothes and are not really well dressed. If you plan ahead, this should not happen to you.
Plan an adequate wardrobe; this means, have enough suitable clothes to carry out your daily activities.
Make a survey of your closet, and find out what you already have that is useful. Cleaning and straightening your closet go right along with making the inventory. Consider clothes you have for school, work, special events, sports or recreation, around the house, and other activities.
A plan for an adequate wardrobe is never completely finished. It changes as you change sizes and as your ideas and goals about clothing change.
Make your wardrobe inventory. Plan for future purchases. Repair clothes that are still wearable. Give your discards to someone who can use them. Record what you did and what you planned.
Experiment with items you have mix and match in new ways. Coordinate accessories with different garments to give new looks. How many new combinations or outfits did you discover?
Purchase or make some items to help you keep your clothes neater, cleaner and handier.
To learn more about wise shopping habits, plan to attend Mall Mania Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Bonita Lakes Mall. Please reregister by calling the Extension Office in your county by Monday. The number to call in Lauderdale County is 482-9764.
4-H Fun Day will be June 25 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center for youth ages 5-18. Participants will learn about the environment and other outside activities. The event is free. Register by calling 482-9764.

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