A Hole In Your Sock

Last night my daughter told me she had a hole in one of her socks.
‘Put it in the bin.’ I told her, ‘but keep the good one.’

She screwed up her face, puzzled that I would want to keep one odd sock. You see, I’ve always bought socks in large packs. A pack of ten identical socks generally gives you twenty socks. When number twenty has been worn down and thrown out, you’re left with nine pairs and an odd one out. But one day, a hole will appear in number eighteen , and the odd one you kept when you threw away sock twenty, will finally have an opposite number to pair up with. This may not seem like a large saving. After all, socks can be bought rather cheaply at your local supermarket.

If however, you have a large family and each one has a set of socks (different colours for each person, naturally), saving odd socks for when holes appear, works out pretty cheaply after all.

This is why I buy socks in packs. You only have to throw away one at a time as opposed to the entire pair when they get holey. Secondly, the washing and putting away are a lot easier because each person has their own colour or style. So, this is my itsy bitsy saving in my own little corner. What can you teach us today about your saving ideas? 

As my daughter said last night after I explained this to her, ‘You learn something new every day.’

Don’t forget to read my book 'How To Sp£nd L€$$' for lots more saving tips. Get it free too!

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Icy BC October 14, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

This is a great idea, Anne!

I also bought socks for JoJo in big packages, but it seems as if the washer always ate one or the other..

Anne Lyken-Garner October 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM  

People keep saying that, but so far, my washer hasn't eaten anything. I think it's mainly the dryer that does that but I could be wrong.

The BEDBUG Blog October 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

I always buy socks in one color, that way, when one gets a hole, the others still all match with it. eventually, though, I have to buy more socks!

If I find an inexpensive shirt I like, I'll often buy it in different colors.

Anne Lyken-Garner October 15, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

Great tip, Athlyn. Incidentally, I talked about this in my book too.

Judy Croome | @judy_croome October 25, 2009 at 6:19 AM  

Haha! This post made me laugh because my husband does *something* to his socks and he keeps on getting holes in brand new socks! (I still haven't figured out how he manages it!!) This is a great tip. Thanks!

Anne Lyken-Garner October 25, 2009 at 8:46 AM  

Ann, maybe he has long toe nails or rough heels?

Anonymous August 12, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

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