Are you thinking about going clothes shopping in the near future? If so, you might be looking for a way to do so on a budget. Even though you may think that you need to sacrifice quality when you are trying to save money on clothing, this is not necessarily the case. There are plenty of ways for you to purchase cute crop tops without breaking the bank. But what are a few of the key tips you should follow if you want to save money on your clothes shopping?
Take a look at a few strategies below, remember that you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of your look to save money:
Think About Selling Your Existing Clothes (or Trading Them In)
First, you need to think about selling or trading in your existing clothes. If you have something that you are sure you are not going to wear anymore, but there is nothing wrong with it, why not try to make some money from it? It’s only taking up space. So, take a look at your wardrobe and see if there is anything you are not going to wear anymore.
By selling your old clothes or trading them in, you’re increasing the amount of money you can spend to buy more clothes. Woot! Popular Buy/Sell/Trade stores where you can sell the clothes you no longer wear (and also trade them in) include Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading, 2nd Street, and Plato’s Closet.
If your local Buy/Sell/Trade shop doesn’t accept all of the items you’re trying to sell, just drop them off at your local Goodwill.
Don’t Forget To Check for Coupons Online
Next, you should always take a look at coupons online before you go clothes shopping. Even the biggest brands are going to have sales from time to time, and why pay more if you don’t have to? A quick search of the internet should let you know if there are available coupons.
You may also want to check your mailbox to see if you are getting any coupon clippers. Yes, there are some companies that still send out paper coupons.
Consider Buying Something out of Season
You could save a ton of money each year by buying your larger items known for being pricey out of season. We call it off-season shopping. For example, if you need a new winter jacket, purchasing it during the summer or in the spring would save you a lot of money as they will likely be on sale. Other examples include buying a swimsuit or sandals towards the end of the summer season—when clothing stores are trying to get rid of their summer essentials to make room for fall essentials.
Of course, you need to make sure you have room to store them before the right season rolls around, but buying clothes out of season can help you save money.
Check Out Clearance Sections
You may be able to find some significant discounts if you check out the sale section before you start looking at the new offerings. Most stores have great sales towards the end of every season so they can make room for new items.
You might be able to save more money if you can spot a store that is going out of business. You should keep your eyes open as you drive around town.
Mix and Match Your Outfits
Finally, you should also consider mixing and matching your outfits. You do not necessarily have to buy new items in order to put together a new outfit. You may have some beautiful pieces you can wear in a new way if you only put your thinking cap on. If you are willing to work in a few accessories, the possibilities are endless.
Consider standing in front of the mirror for a few extra minutes and experiment. You might be surprised at all the looks you didn’t know you could create without spending a dime. Maybe that belt does go with that dress.
There are plenty of ways for you to save money if you are planning on going clothes shopping:
- You can opt to trade in or sell your clothes
- You can thrift
- You can utilize coupons
- You can shop out of season
- You can make a commitment to yourself to only shop in sale and clearance sections
- You can experiment with what you already have to create new outfits
And always keep in mind that there are ways for you to create new outfits without buying something that is brand new or buying anything at all. Thrifting is a great way to do your part for the environment as it’s more eco-friendly than buying new every time you need something.
How do you save money when shopping for clothes? Let us know in the comments below!
*Photos by Alyssa Strohmann