Do you remember the days when the only options for getting new clothes were to go to a department store and pay retail, or make them yourself? Today, there are many ways of buying clothes that will save you money. Read on for our tips on how to look great on a budget.
The single greatest money-saving way to stock your wardrobe with new clothes is to buy them online. Not only do you get the benefit of quick price comparison, but you can find coupons for discounts and free shipping. You can also sign up for newsletters that will notify you about sales. Using sites such as PriceGrabber.com or BizRate.com, you can instantly find the sites with the best deals on the items you’re looking for.
Buy at Sale Prices
You can find sales by shopping at discount chains that specialize in quality name brands at sale prices, often greatly reduced. Outlet malls offer a chain’s current styles at reduced prices, as well as overstocks and discontinued items.
When you see new arrivals for any season, either online or in a store, ask yourself if you can wait for a sale. Storewide sales can make current styles available for less, as the close of each season brings a clearing out to make room for new arrivals. Watch circulars or sign up for e-mail notifications so that you can hit the sales at your favorite store. Buying at the end of the season means that you’ll both be fully ready for next year and save money shopping at the same time.
Consignment and thrift stores offer an endless variety of styles and types of clothes for a fraction of the cost of new ones. For the intrepid hunter, a thrift store may require some work sorting through items to find the right sizes, but the prices can’t be beat. Consignment sales offer clothes that cost a bit more than the typical thrift store’s prices, but remain very affordable. Community consignment sales for children’s clothing provide great prices, variety and an opportunity to defer costs by selling your own items.
Invest in Quality
Whether buying new or used, look for the best quality you can afford. Natural fibers last the longest, and neutral colors go with everything. Look for styles that are time-honored. Specific patterns and cuts that are trendy may look outdated more quickly than timeless styles.
There’s no reason to pay full price for clothes. With a little effort, good timing and research, you can be dressed to the nines for less money.