Loads of people are going on a spending detox at the moment, which is great. I struggle with clothes shopping, I find it so tempting to stock up on new pieces as I do a lot of public speaking. I get sick of seeing the same stuff in videos when I am on stage. But I am trying to cut back. Generally, I prefer to spend my money on experiences such as travelling or spa days. If you’re sick and tired of having to spend a small fortune on clothes every single year then these tips will help you to make the most out of your budget without compromising your style.
Sell Anything that you Don’t Wear
If you don’t wear it then consider selling it. There are so many auction sites out there and most of the time, you’ll qualify for seller protection too. This means you’ll still get paid even if something happens to your clothing in the post, so you won’t have anything to worry about there.
Shop at Thrift Stores
Thrift stores tend to sell gently used clothing for a huge discount. Sometimes you may even find designer clothing too, and this can be a great way for you to pick up a bargain. If you want to help yourself here then make sure that you’re actually shopping at a thrift store, and not a vintage clothing store. The main reason for this is because vintage clothing stores will sell trendier, older clothing items with a huge mark-up. Thrift stores on the other hand will sell older and newer clothes, but without the mark-up.
Sometimes shopping online is the best way to go. You can usually find tons of kid’s clothes for a very affordable price, not to mention that you have a much wider selection to choose from too. If you’re concerned about shopping for clothes online because you don’t know if they are going to fit or not, then one way for you to get around this would be for you to see if the store has a size guide available. That way, you can compare the clothes that you have now to the ones that you’re planning on buying.
Check for Coupons
You’d be surprised at how many stores have coupons available. Just because you can’t find them on the site, doesn’t mean they’re not out there. Sometimes you have to go through third-party providers to access them, so it always helps to do a quick Google search. When you have found a possible coupon, copy and paste it into the store’s discount system to see if you can qualify for any money off.
Check the Tag
You should always check the tag on the clothing you’re planning on buying before you take it to the checkout. The main reason for this is because if you buy a silk shirt that’s dry-clean only then you’ll have to pay a small fortune every time it gets a stain. This is the last thing that you need when you’re trying to save money, so make the effort to check the label and always choose machine-washable only.
Take Care of What you Have
Just because a clothing item is machine washable, doesn’t mean that it is indestructible. It’s so important that you wash any clothes that you have on a gentle cycle and that you dry them on the line as much as you can. If you take care of the clothes that you have then you’ll get years of use out of them.
Buy out of Season
Retailers often put any out-of-season clothes on clearance. This helps them to get rid of any old wares so that they can make room for the new and upcoming trends. So, buy a new coat in the middle of summer, or even buy your swimming costume in December. Little choices like this can save you a small fortune and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to really make the most out of the budget you have.
If you’re quite handy with a sewing kit, then turn something that you don’t wear anymore into something completely different. You could cut the legs off an old pair of jeans into some shorts, or you can even turn shirts into tank tops. A little bit of mindful sewing can be great for the mojo!
Don’t Always Buy in the Sale
This may sound strange, but you should never buy something in the sale if you don’t need it. Sure, 30% off may sound good, but not if it’s something that you are never going to wear. If you want to really help yourself here then it’s a good idea to try and shop with a purpose, rather than browsing the rails aimlessly in hopes that something is going to pop out.
Buy the Basics
Your t-shirts, loungewear, tank tops and more don’t need a designer label. Save that for your jackets or your outer layers because this is what’s going to be on show and it’s also going to make the biggest statement.
I hope these tips help x