The truth is, I love clothes and I love to shop. Unfortunately, I hate to spend a bunch of money to look good. So, if you’re like me and you’re wondering how to save money on clothes, here are 15 clothing tips and tricks that will save you a lot of money.
How to Save Money on Clothes
1.Create a shopping challenge – When I was a little younger, my best friend and I would usually want a new outfit to wear when we went out on the weekend. Neither of us had a lot of cash as we were college students, so we can up with a challenge.
We would go to the mall, and each of us would have to find an outfit for $25 or less. What that outfit consisted of was up to each of us, but it did mean hitting the sales and clearance racks.
If you enjoy shopping with friends, consider having a shopping challenge. You might have to think outside of the box, but you’ll still end up with something great without spending a lot of money. This also works at thrift stores as well.
2. Use Ebates – I love Ebates. If I am shopping for clothes, or anything else, online I always click the little Ebates button that pops up and automatically get cash back. It’s free and takes about a minute to sign up. When it comes to how to save money on clothes this is the easiest one. You don’t have to do anything but buy what you had already planned on buying!
3. Check out thrift stores – I do a lot of shopping in thrift stores, and they are a great place to buy clothing. Not only can you find brand names in great shape, it is pretty common to find clothing that still has the tags on it.
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4. Never buy new jeans – This goes to the whole thrift store thing. There is simply no reason to spend $100 on a pair of jeans at the mall when you can get the same thing, that looks brand new, at a thrift store for $5 bucks.
5. Have a clothing swap – I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than with friends and clothing. You can swap the clothing you no longer want to wear for something your friend no longer wants to wear. It will be new to you, and even better it’s free.
6. Don’t jump at the chance to go to an outlet mall – Too many people think that they’ll find great deals at outlet malls. Often, this simply isn’t the case. In addition, you will find products that aren’t as well made, or are irregulars.
Some brands go so far as to make cheaper versions of their products for the outlet malls that will never be seen in regular stores. While the price tag might be less, the material will be cheaper and it won’t last as long. When you’re looking for how to save money on clothes it’s best to stay away from outlet malls altogether.
7. Buy less and spend more – The truth is, you get what you pay for. If you are willing to fork over more for a well-made garment, you can still be wearing it years down the road. Sure, it will cost more when you purchase it, but it will save you money over time.
If you can get it on sale or with a coupon even better.
8. Always use coupons – Chances are, the stores you are shopping in have coupons available. Check online or the flyers in the paper before you go shopping. If you forget to do so, be sure to ask at the counter for a coupon. Most times they will have one you can use.
9. Learn to sew – You should be able to, at the very least, sew on a button or fix a hem. The better your sewing skills the easier you can repair or alter your clothing. This will keep them looking good for longer, and save you the money you would have to spend to have them tailored.
10. Store your clothing properly – One way to save money on clothing is to take care of the clothing you already have. Keep sweaters in drawers instead of hanging them in the closet.
Be sure you have enough closet space, so your clothes aren’t jam-packed into it. Also, you might want to consider buying some cheap tubs to store off-season clothing. Your clothes will last longer and look better.
11. Borrow items you’ll only wear once – If you need a piece of clothing for a special occasion, see if you can borrow it from a friend or family member instead of buying it. If push comes to shove, check out the thrift stores before you head to the mall. Not spending money is a great way to save when it comes to how to save money on clothes.
12. Skip the dry cleaning only tag – If a piece of clothing is dry clean only, don’t buy it.
13. Sell what you don’t use – You’d be surprised just how well used clothing sells on Ebay. If you have a closet stuffed with clothing you don’t wear, consider selling it.
As long as it is clean and stain and rip free, you should be able to get a few dollars or a lot of dollars for it. Larger sizes sell the best, but don’t let that stop you if you’re very petite.
Once you’ve sold your unwanted items, you can use the cash to fund your shopping spree.
Bonus Tip: If you find you enjoy selling clothing online, you can always buy used clothing, typically brand names, at thrift stores and turn around and sell them on eBay. This could fund your entire year’s clothing purchases.
14. Shop on Ebay – If you’re not a big fan of thrift stores, you can still get great clothing, both new and used on Ebay. It’s like the world’s biggest clothing store. Not to mention, if you use Ebates, you’ll also get cash back when you shop on Ebay.
15. Get creative – Have some fun with your clothes and add new and fun accessories to a few good quality basics. Scarves and jewelry can change the look of a garment and give you more options with a smaller wardrobe.
When it comes to how to save money on clothes, you’ve got a lot of options. These fifteen tips and tricks will get you started on the right foot.
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