Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Going shopping for new clothing can be fun. Unfortunately, it can also be bad for your budget. There are ways to reduce the impact that shopping has on your bank account. Use some of these simple tips for saving money on clothing.
Socks and underwear go on sale in January. Wait until August, when the back-to-school sales happen, to pick up some new pairs of jeans. Shop for swimsuits when summer is coming to an end, and for winter clothing shortly before spring. Shop seasonally and you can easily save some money.
Check the Website
Which is lower – the store’s price or the price on their website? Don’t forget to factor in the shipping cost. Some of us hesitate to buy clothing online because you can’t try it on before you buy it. Go to the store to try on the clothing. If the store has the lower price, buy it from there. If the store’s website has the lower price, go online to make that purchase.
There isn’t a whole lot of difference between a solid colored t-shirt that comes from a name brand and the one that comes from a “generic” brand. The price, however, is not the same! Save money by purchasing t-shirts, tank tops, and sweat pants from “generic” brands. It all looks the same.
Shop the Men’s Section
Certain types of clothing can easily be worn by either men or women. Sadly, if it comes from the women’s section, it will have a higher price. Check the prices on the t-shirts and hoodies that you find in the women’s section. Compare that price to the same items that are located in the men’s section. Purchase the ones that have a lower price.
Buy Clothes that Fit
Have you ever intentionally purchased clothing that was too tight? Did you rationalize that you would be able to lose weight and fit into it? Don’t do this. That piece of clothing will end up in your closet. You won’t wear it because it is uncomfortable and doesn’t fit you. That’s a waste of money. Instead, find clothing that fits you well, right now.
Shop with Cash
Shopping with cash is an easy way to prevent yourself from running up a lot of debt on a credit card. You come to the store with a certain amount of money. You have to stop shopping when you run out of cash. This can be helpful for people who find it difficult to resist the urge to impulse buy.