Whereas some seek savings simply for the sake of savings, others seek savings for the sake of buying more! In any case, shopping smarter is the way to go about it. Every year, the average family spends somewhere in the region of £1,300 on clothes. Which is quite a lot – especially when considering the fact that most are inevitably destined for the dustbin, sooner or later.
So it’s definitely worth considering what kinds of savings might be out there, next time you need (or want) to refresh your wardrobe. With this in mind, what follows is a brief overview of just a few tips and tricks on how anyone could possibly save a packet when shopping for clothes:
- Cash Only. First of all, if you insist on only ever shopping with cash, while out and about evidence suggests you are significantly less likely to overspend. One study carried out by MIT researchers found that when shopping with credit cards, many people are happy to pay up to 65% more than they would ever pay if handing over cash.
- Seasonal Savvy. It’s always exponentially cheaper to buy clothing off-season. Which when considering the fact that the same season is guaranteed to roll around next year makes perfect sense. Even if it’s not of much use to you right now, you’ll be happy with those 75% savings soon enough.
- Buy Used. These days, buying second-hand doesn’t necessarily mean ferreting through a charity shop for something that isn’t in a sorry state. Instead, it also means shopping online using the market places like eBay, where it’s possible to pick up as-new designer gear for about 99% less than its original purchase price.
- Swap Party. A brilliant idea though comparatively rare in terms of implementation, why not organise a swap party among your friends or workmates? It’s simple really – just get everyone to bring along all the clothing they’re no longer into and have a bit of a give-and-take free-for-all!
- Check the Tags. For obvious reasons, anyone looking to save money would be wise to avoid any items of clothing that are dry-clean-only. Even if the garment is available at a bargain price, those dry-cleaning costs will soon add up.
- Outlet Stores. Clothing outlet stores like TK Maxx can be great, but can also be dangerous. The trouble being that when you come across what appears to be all manner of huge discounts, you’re inherently likely to buy more and spend more than you otherwise would.
- Sales Savvy. Which follows on to this point nicely – always know what you want, what you need and what you can afford, even when shopping in sales. Don’t let impulse purchases get the better of you.
- Shop Online. Away from second-hand havens like eBay, it is often possible to gain access to exclusive deals and discounts by shopping online. Always check what’s available on the web, before heading out to the high street.
- Think Multi– It can also be extremely cost-effective to target your purchases towards garments that are multi-purpose. Or in other words, garments you’ll be able to use on a daily basis with pretty much everything else you’ve already got in your wardrobe, rather than the kinds of things you can only get away with here and there.
- Hire Where Possible. Last up, if you’re in need of something particularly expensive for something of a one-off event or occasion, why not hire it? After all, most people aren’t in the habit of wearing these kinds of things more than once anyway…plus nobody will know you didn’t buy it.