Clothing is Getting Expensive: How to Save
Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Despite raw cotton prices declining a bit, some analysts are predicting that clothing prices will continue to soar. There are many factors that are contributing to the price increase, from soaring gas prices that make transporting good more expensive to the fact that manufacturers are still using cotton fabric that was purchased months ago at higher prices.
Recently, clothing made out of denim fabric, such as those comfy jeans, rose by 30 percent, and clothing manufacturers say that they won’t be lowering prices anytime soon. In fact, further price hikes may be expected, and not just on denim but on many other types of clothing as well.
The picture isn’t very promising, and if you are like me trying to get out of debt, justifying paying 30 percent more for a pair of jeans can be tough. But clothing is one of the basic necessities, so we still have to buy it, despite the price increases.
It is time to pull out all of the stops and find ways to save on clothing.
Combine Coupon Codes with Store Sales
One of the best ways to save on clothing is to pay attention to online coupon codes and clearance sales at clothing stores. You can get some amazing deals when you combine the codes and the sales together. For example, I bought name brand outfits for my daughter at less than $3 a piece by doing this. Gap, Old Navy, The Children’s Place, Sears, JC Penny and Kmart are a few of the stores where you can get great bargains using this technique.
Make It Last Longer
Another simple way to save money on clothing is to take a little extra time to make sure that the clothing you already have lasts longer. Purchase classic pieces and limit the trends to less expensive accessories.
You can also put off having to replace worn pieces of clothing by making sure that you slow down the wearing out process. Use gentle detergents and hang dry or lay items flat to dry whenever possible. Treat stains immediately and don’t let dirty clothing sit, where oils and dirt can start to decay the fabric.
Shop Second Hand
Getting your clothing second hand is actually very in right now. You can find great gently used designer clothing pieces for a fraction of the price new at consignment shops. Even thrift stores, such as Goodwill, offer new with tags items that are donated in previous seasons by store giants, such as Target.
Children’s outgrown sales are a great way to outfit your kids with barely worn clothing for only a dollar or two a piece. Look for announcements of these sales at churches, schools and community centers.
Despite rising clothing prices, you can save cash, yet still dress like a million dollars, when you follow these money saving tips. Keep your money in your pocket instead of in the cost of your jeans.