Saving Money on Bras

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October 13, 2011

Three brightly colored bras in a row.Occasionally, I find that a bra is a bit too tight, even though it should fit. The answer? Old-fashioned bra extenders! They are strips that you hook onto the back of the bra that give you more "eyes" to fasten the bra with. I found mine at a thrift store, and because they were 4 hook ones, I just cut them in two, creating twice as many.


They usually are white cotton, but you can tint them to match your bra: tea for beige bras. I tinted my extender pink for my pink bra using a pink highlighter. I then spread out the tint by applying water. Voila! It almost matches. The extenders are available on the net for $6 or so.

Source: Me, although I think my mother had some way back when.

By pam munro from Los Angeles, CA

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December 28, 2010

Sometimes bras need adjustment, especially if you have an in-between size (for example, a bigger overall measurement with a smaller cup size, or perhaps you have some pricey bras that used to fit, but are a bit tight now).

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August 10, 2017

These warm days bring out many backless and strapless outfits. Adhesive bras are very in right now (I know I love them), but they lose their stickiness after a wear or two.


Not very thrifty! Here is a trick to get at least a dozen wears out of them.

Washing an adhesive bra under a faucet.

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October 17, 2011

I shudder when I see bras for $30-40 or more. That's a lot of money to me! I discovered that I could get perfectly good ones from dollar stores! I have gotten Hanes unstructured bras from the 99 Cent Store here in Los Angeles.

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September 26, 2018

I love my older more comfortable brassieres but they tend to get rough on the edge so I decided to try sewing some really soft scrap material on the edge to get more life out of the bra.

Bra with fabric patches attached to the underside of the bra cups.

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March 9, 2017

I recently learned how to tell when it was time to retire your bra. Bras are made with three sets of clasps/hooks.


When new, you should be using the first clasp making it the widest or loosest setting.

An old and a new bra, from the clasp.

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August 23, 2011

Bras are so expensive, and a good fit makes such a difference to posture and appearance. I sew tucks in the straps and backs of bras that have stretched, to tighten the fit again.

Does anyone have any other ideas on how to save money on bras?

By Julia in UK


August 23, 20110 found this helpful

I never, ever thought of that! Thanks for the suggestion! I too hate how much they cost, and any tips that help are always great.

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August 25, 20110 found this helpful

I get all my bras at Kohl's on the reduced rack. I've never paid more than $10.00 for a name brand bra. I have a Kohl's account so I usually have a coupon which brings the price down. I will never pay full price for a bra that's retailing for $50 and some even more than that.


I buy all my night gowns and pj's from the reduced rack. They reduce them at or near the end of each season.

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