Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:00 am
The weather will soon be changing from the heat of summer to the coolness of fall. It is almost time to swap out the warm weather clothes in your closet for the cold weather ones. Some people simply go out and buy a whole new wardrobe when the seasons change. Instead, you can save money on fall clothing by following these tips.
What do you already have?
Before you head out the door to go shopping, take the time to figure out what you already have at home. There are some things that will carry over from one season to the next. Try on jeans to make sure they still fit. T-shirts are great in both summer and fall. Maxi dresses will be comfortable for a few more weeks.
The next step is to dig out your fall/winter clothing and start trying things on. Consider donating things that no longer fit you. Don’t forget to go through your “work clothes” and determine which ones are going to be comfortable and appropriate as the weather cools off. Make a list of the type of clothing you need to replace for this fall (and write down the amount you think you will need).
Try the Thrift Stores
You never know what you will find at a thrift store! The clothing you purchase there will be at a much lower price than the department stores. Thrift stores typically have a lot of sweaters to choose from, plenty of jeans, and a variety of slacks, skirts, and dress shirts that would be appropriate for the work place.
Before you make a purchase from a thrift store take the time to try it on. The size on the label might not be correct. It is possible the item has shrunk or been stretched out. While you are at it, take a close look at the clothing. If you see stains or rips, put it back and choose a different one.
Use Your Discounts
Start by shopping at the stores where you have a loyalty card or the store’s credit card. Customers who have them are often treated to special discounts. Check the store’s website before you head out the door. Are they having a sale of the kinds of clothing you need for fall? Do they have coupons you can bring in? Use all your discount options to help you save money.
Don’t forget to check the stores Clearance section! It could include discounted clothing that is appropriate for cooler weather. Or, you might find an inexpensive top that can be paired with a sweater or jacket that you already have.