How to get new clothes and save money in the process

How to get new clothes and save money in the process

If you like to have new outfits, you don't need to sacrifice your desires because of a tight budget. There are several ways to reduce costs when buying clothes! 

Declutter Your Wardrobe

When a new season starts, it’s a good time to review all your clothes, accessories and shoes. If there are any that you didn’t use last year, it's probably time to put them on sale. You have to consider that they have to be in good condition and laundry cleaned. There are lots of online platforms where you can post your clothes and make some extra money for their sales.

Swap With Friends

If you've got friends that have similar clothing sizes, you can propose them to swap clothes with you. That would be a win-win scenario for both of you if neither one has enough money to renew their wardrobes with new items. You can also borrow some outfits for special occasions, like a party or a job interview.

Go to Thrift Stores

These stores sell new and second-hand clothes, and you may find really good deals there. Many even offer weekly specials or regular sales. Check on your area if there’s one nearby and if you've never gone inside, now it's the perfect time to do it!

Clearance Sales

You can look at the clearance sales in your favorite stores. There are often at the back in signaled racks, or in clothes-baskets. If you're an online shopper, you can also look for them on the brands’ pages. Clearance items have great discounts, don’t miss any of them!

Discount Stores

Stores like Ross and Marshalls have lots of interesting prices on clothes, as they sell overstock and slightly imperfect pieces from other retailers. You can try them on to check if they suit you, and then check that they’re in good shape. If you're looking for some classic outfit, like a plain sweater or a hoodie, you can go to the men's and the kid's section, which are usually less expensive than women's. 

Outlet Malls


Also, you can make your clothes last much longer with these four practical tips

1. Follow the Label’s Washing Instructions.

Most of the time, you can safely put them in your washer and dryer. However, some exceptions require dry-cleaning. If so, you should take them to the dry cleaner or buy some home dry-cleaning kits. This way, your clothes will last for longer.

2. Check your clothes before putting them in the washing machine

Before tossing your clothes to the washer and dryer, keep a few things in mind. All zippers should be zipped so that they won't tear other clothes apart. You should also empty all pockets. A loose tell me can do a lot of damage to your machines! 

3. Store clothes carefully

Another important step is to carefully store your clothes. Fold them, take them off their dry-cleaning bags, and hang them. Avoid overstuffing your drawers and consider buying some cushioned hangers.

4. Another Ways

If the damage is already done, consider fixing the items instead of buying new ones. Small fixings like a loose button can be easily done. You just need a sewing kit, which you can buy for only a few bucks. Bigger issues can be taken care of by a tailor or cobbler. Paying for these is way cheaper than buying new clothes altogether.

Finally, if you dare, you can even reinvent your wardrobe! It’s possible to turn jeans into shorts and long-sleeved t-shirts into tank-tops. You can renew their style by adding some patches or painting some details.

See also: "6 tips to sell your second hand clothes online"

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