We all love a bit of retail therapy and buying new clothes can be a great way to boost your mood and have a fun day out with friends. What’s less fun though is receiving the credit card bill at the end of the month! The good news is that there are a few tactics you can employ to help bring down the cost of your clothes shop or get more for the money you do spend. Interested? Read on to find out more!
Hit the sales
This is probably the most obvious tip – avoid paying full price for any item of clothing wherever possible! One of the best ways to achieve this is by doing the majority of your clothes shopping during the sales. This includes both big annual sales such as Black Friday, and specific discount events at individual physical or online stores like the Wild Crush Lingerie Sale. Another great tactic is to buy clothes out of season – for example getting a bikini in the winter – because they are often reduced at this time.
If you’re a fan of expensive designer brands, you can often find them cheaper in places other than the original store. For example, this could be on websites such as eBay or in discount outlet stores. Just remember that if you’re buying clothes online, you should always check reviews for the website and/or individual seller to make sure everything is legitimate. This should help you to avoid accidentally purchasing counterfeit products. It’s also always sensible to check the returns policy, just in case the item doesn’t fit or you don’t like it.
Make the most of discount codes and coupons
In addition to official sales, you can also benefit from lower prices when clothes shopping by using coupons and discount codes. For example, many stores offer discounts to students, members of the armed forces, or people who work in frontline industries such as firefighters. Similarly, it’s common for online shops to offer you a coupon code for 10% off if you sign up to their mailing list (if you find the emails annoying, you can always unsubscribe later).
Try buying second-hand
A lot of people are wary about buying clothes second-hand; however, you can find some excellent bargains this way. Searching through thrift stores is one option, but these days there are also plenty of websites where you can buy clothes directly from individual people who no longer want them. Pro tip: always wash items before you wear them, just in case!
Go for quality over quantity
Spending more money in the short term can often net you savings in the long term, and clothes shopping is a great example of this. Instead of buying cheap items which fall apart after just a few months of wearing them, try buying high quality clothing that will last you for years. Similarly, you can extend the life of your current wardrobe by taking good care of your clothes and learning how to mend them when they rip instead of discarding them. Not only is this good for your wallet, it’s also better for the environment as it produces less waste!