I just recently wrote about simplifying your wardrobe and mentioned some ways you can take back control of your closet. Today I have a few ways that I save money on my clothes shopping. (Just a warning, I am writing this from a guy’s perspective, if some of it doesn’t apply to women’s clothes, I apologize.)
Batch your clothes shopping. There are certain times of the year that you can save huge amounts of money on clothes. Do all (or most) of your shopping during those times. After Christmas sales are often one of the best times to buy; so I save money all year long as part of my budget for my after Christmas shopping spree.
Don’t buy clothes that will only work as one outfit. Look for clothes that you will be able to wear with many other things, creating multiple outfits. Instead of buying that green and purple striped coat that will only go with one or two outfits, you could get a solid color gray that will work most of what you wear.
Spend less money on the trendy items. If you must buy trendy clothes, don’t spend a lot on it. You have to figure you only have a year or maybe (if you want to be risky) two years before you start becoming the topic of conversation at your kid’s lunch table. So, buy cheap, because it doesn’t matter if it lasts. There are quite a few fashionable designer stores (probably most) that don’t make high quality clothes intended to last decades. Trends seem to last a shorter and shorter amount of time so you might as well not spend a ton of money on them.
Spend more on quality items. What spend more? I thought you were talking about saving money? Spending more money on the items that you may last you decades, is a much better investment than buying cheap stuff every couple years. For example, you can buy a nice pair of men’s dress shoes for $100-$300 that could last you most of your life if you take care of them and replace the soles when needed. The alternative is buying a cheap pair for $50 that may give you a few years at best. Even a non-math whiz can figure out that you will save a lot of money in the long run by spending a little bit more up front.
Save money with eBay. eBay is a great place to find designer clothes at a nice discount. Find out what brand and size fits you perfect, then do a search for it on eBay. Many people still think that eBay is nothing more than a virtual garage sale featuring everyone’s junk. There are many used items, but there are probably a lot more NEW items for you to buy. As with most online searches, the more specific you can be, the better luck and more time you will save.
Make money with eBay. Sell the clothes that doesn’t fit or that you no longer want. If they are designer brands, chances are good you will be able to find a buyer on eBay. You can then take this money to spend on more clothes!!