The amount you spend on clothes. Do you know how much that is? One hundred, two hundred, maybe even three hundred a month?
It really is not necessary to spend that much money on clothes. By simply adjusting your spending habits and learning to shop a bit more conservatively, you can save yourself hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars a year.
Start At The Source
So where should you start in your quest to save money off clothes?
With your closet of course!
Take a moment to inventory the contents of your closet. If possible, organize ALL your clothes so you know what you have and don’t have. You will then be able to look and say “I only have two nice sweaters, and winter is coming up!” or “Only four good t-shirts! I’d better buy a few more.”
When organizing your clothes, don’t forget to look in the nooks and corners of your room/house. Many times we forget that we packed away our winter apparel, or stored a box of shirts up in the attic. This may save you from purchasing an excess of unnecessary clothing.
If you want to save money off the cost of clothing, stop buying what you don’t need. This can be your number one money saver, especially if you find yourself often saying, “Why did I buy this?”
Why spend $200 on something that you aren’t going to wear much? This is a complete waste of money. If you really want to save money off your clothing bills, do not buy clothes that you aren’t going to wear regularly.
A conservative wardrobe is basic. Warm, durable, simple, and neutral in color to provide many matching combinations. When you are buying clothes, try and purchase durable products, even if they are a little more expensive than others. Well made clothes have heavy seams and added reinforcement at stress points to insure the product survives daily wear-n-tear conditions.
When To Buy
Timing is a critical factor when purchasing clothes from retail and department stores. You can find unbelievable bargains on practically every type of clothing, if you shop at the right times. End-of-season, out-of-fashion and post-holiday sales give you more than an adequate chance to save money.
Every retail and department store MUST keep up with the ever-changing fashion world. Merchandise is constantly coming and going. These stores must provide shoppers with a variety of styles, colors and brands.
What is a hot seller this week, may be taken off the shelves the following month. This is especially true for seasonal and holiday type clothing. Retailers can’t afford to have this merchandise taking up space in their store during the off months.
Think about it. Do you go into a department store in the winter time, when it is thirty degrees outside, looking to buy a bathing suit? Not many people do.
You can score great deals when you purchase your clothing at the appropriate times. Buy your winter clothes at the end of winter/beginning of spring. Buy summer clothing at the end of summer/beginning of fall.
Other Places To Look
If you like a particular brand of clothing (Nike, Guess, Ralph Lauren, etc…), you can save up to 50% by shopping at factory outlet stores. Contact the vendor for the location nearest you.
Another resource for clothes are yard sales, flea markets and swap meets. Browse a few of these bargain outlets one Saturday or Sunday afternoon. You might be surprised at what deals you can find.
Here are a few online resources to get you on your way:
* Nationwide Database: http://www.yardsalesearch.com
* Flea Markets: http://www.myflea.com & http://www.fleaonline.com
Clothing For Children
Children’s clothing can be the most frustrating to buy. Why? Because they seem to grow out of everything before you can blink your eyes.
Check with bargain clothing leaders like Ross and Walmart for low priced clothing. You can often find classified ads within your newspaper or local “pennysaver” magazine for yard/garage clothing sales.
If possible, once your children outgrow their clothes, pack them away in storage bins. You can then choose to either use them when your younger children grow into them, or sell them at a garage/yard sale.
Another idea is to exchange clothes with cousins and nephews in your family that are a little older than your children. Ask family members to save the clothes that their children grow out of, or do not want anymore. You can then go through the clothes and see what you want to keep.