Clothing costs and the affect on Household Budgets

Clothing expense refers to a household's expense on clothing for the entire family.

Clothing in detail

Clothing expense includes men's outer and undergarments, women's outer and under garments, and outer and undergarments of boys and girls. Clothing can also include money spent on men's and women's accessories, and purchases and repairs of footwear. As per 2012 data, the average household spent £18.80 each week on clothing, £4.60 on footwear and £0.70 on accessories. This takes the total yearly clothing and footwear expense to nearly £1270.

How to save on clothing expenses?

You can save on clothing expenses by checking online deals.

Let's look at some clothing, footwear and accessories deals on Groupon as of September 2014.


Ladies Prima Donna dress worth £78.81 is available at an 81% discount for £14.99. The dress is available in four colours ' black, navy, purple, or red. The machine washable dress is made of 95% polyester and 5% elastane.

Heart and ring pendant with 18ct white gold or 18ct rose gold plating worth £49 is available for £12.98 with free delivery. The pendant has 51 crystals made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and an adjustable snake chain in sizes 18-20.

Akribos XXIV watches, with a diamond and flower design, are available at a 78% discount for £40. A stylish, link-bracelet type strap gives a unique look to these watches, and four varieties of finishes give many options to buyers. The watch has water resistance capabilities of up to 10 meters.


T-shirts from the Christian Audigier collection, with an original value of £35, are available at a 43% discount for nearly £20. These t-shirts are available in Ed Hardy and Lord Baltimore designs. They are made of 100% ultra-soft cotton and have short sleeves with crew necks.

Leather brogues worth £140 are available for £34.99. The brogues are available in two colours ' brown or black. They have rubber cleated soles and a soft-rounded toe, and are available in UK sizes 7 to 12.

August Steiner watches worth £190 are available for £44.99 at a 76% discount. The watches have a metal case and bracelet with the minutes track engraved on the bezel. Hands are white and illuminated and stand out on the sunray dial. The watches have been tested for water resistance at up to 3 ATM of pressure.

Clothing expenses as part of the household budget

Clothing and footwear expenses are unavoidable. However, you can use online deals to your advantage to get savings on these purchases. Like Groupon, deals are available on sites like Offer of the Day and World of Deals.

Our household budget calculator can help you in analysing the role of clothing and footwear expense in your household budget.