Let’s face it, everything is expensive these days.
The more money we can save in all areas of our spending, the more discretionary income we’ll have to either save or throw at other areas we love, including vacations, eating out, or in my case, shopping for clothes.
Staying in style while watching a budget can be quite a challenge, but the tips below will help keep you looking good while reining in unnecessary spending.
1.) Shop The Thrift Stores
It might sound cheesy, and it may even give you the creeps, but hear me out.
I visit several thrift stores on a weekly basis.
Virtually every time I go I find at least one incredible bargain, and if I’m having a good day I might get an armload of new clothes for a fraction of the price it would normally cost.
When I say new, I really mean new.
I routinely find clothing with the store tags still on, and the items are literally brand new.
It might take a little searching, but there are bargains to be had out there, so it’s well worth investing the time.
2.) Online Coupons
If you’re striking out at the thrift stores and need to visit the mall, make sure you check diligently online for coupons before you go.
Virtually every retailer will offer some sort of discount coupon that you can print out and take with you to use at the physical store.
Just be sure you check the fine print on any coupon you’re trying to use.
Sometimes the store will expressly state that whatever percentage off they’re offering is only applied to the original price, or the suggested price, which doesn’t always mean it’s such a great bargain.
The old advice, “buyer beware”, always applies.
3.) Friendly Exchange
I love this one!
Surely you have some fashionable friends who are the same size as you.
Just spend some time in each other’s closet and pick out a few items that appeal to you.
This is a great way to get a fresh new look without spending any money at all!
4.) Generics Are Your Friend
I understand that sometimes you just need that name brand piece to complete an outfit, but your T-shirts, tank tops and other layering articles should all be from discount stores like Wal-Mart or Target.
Simple gear that you wear every day, or layering clothes that are necessarily public-facing, don’t require designer labels.
Even with the price of gasoline these days, it pays to make an extra trip rather than buying designer pieces while you’re in the name brand shops.
5.) Resell The Old
What about reselling clothes that you never wear?
Consignment shops are everywhere nowadays, and they’ll gladly take your old, gently used items and assume the burden of selling them.
After they make a sale, they’ll give you a percentage, which can go towards your new clothes budget.
Take a spin through your closet and see if there are neglected items you could potentially sell off.
A little planning can go a long way towards stretching your clothes budget dollars.
With the price of everything going up and up these days, we need all the help we can get.