Saving Money on Clothes
Keeping the costs of clothing down can be tricky, especially if you have growing children. Every monthly household budget should have a category for clothing purchases, even if family members don't buy clothes every month. Being a frugal shopper doesn't mean that you can't find high quality clothes. It just means that you need to have good shopping habits.
Here are a few tips to help you save money on clothes:
1. Look for Online Deals
Websites offer shoppers an amazing tool for saving money on clothes. Many online retailers regularly offer great deals on clothing. It's easy to research and compare products before making a decision. You may find a deal on a similar item by searching on a discount site like www.retailmenot.com or www.slickdeals.net. If you like to shop at a specific store, check its website to see if you can register to receive e-mail promotions and discounts.
2. Check Out Discount Chains
When you are shopping for great deals on clothing, make sure that you look at the discount chains. Many clothing stores --- such as TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Burlington Coat Factory --- have made discount clothes a business model. They take clothes that are overstocks, or have something slightly wrong with them, so they can sell brand name clothing at much cheaper prices than normal.
3. Shop Out Of Season
Shop for clothing out of season to take advantage of deep discounts. For example, instead of waiting until winter to purchase sweaters or a winter coat, go shopping for cold weather clothes in the spring. When winter is over, retailers will often mark down winter clothing to make room for warm weather inventory.
4. Try Thrift Stores & Garage Sales
Another way to save money on clothing is to check out local thrift stores and garage sales. Many people routinely clean out their closets and sell clothes at garage sales. Most of the time, the clothing they sell was rarely worn or sometimes never worn at all. And they are usually willing to haggle on the price. You can find some high quality clothing at inexpensive prices, and nobody else needs to know where you purchased it.