Americans spent lots of money on clothes every year, here’s a list of some tips to save money and still look good.
Sell everything you don’t wear anymore
You definitely need to go through your closet once a year and be honest with yourself, if you haven’t used it for 9 or 12 months it has to go! You need to make space and the best way to do it is by making some money with the things you don’t wear anymore.
1. Shop thrift stores
Thrift stores sell gently used clothing at a deep discount. Many stores also have regular sales or a weekly special. Just make sure you’re shopping at a true thrift store and not a vintage clothing store. The difference? Well, vintage clothing stores sell trendier older pieces at a markup. Thrift stores sell older and newer clothes at a discount.
3. Coupons online
You can (and definitely should) use your smartphone to find clothing coupons before you buy clothes. There are several great coupons locating apps for Androids and the iPhone, such as:
4. Check the tag before you buy
Read the label before you buy. If you buy a dry-clean-only silk skirt, you’ll keep paying for it every time you pull up to the cleaners. Stick to machine-washables and save.
5. Take care of your clothes
Remember that “machine-washable” doesn’t equal “indestructible.” Wash your clothes on the gentle cycle in cool water and even line-dry them – they’ll last the longest this way. It’s vital for you to take good care of your clothes, that way you can use them for years.
6. Buy out of season
Retailers put out-of-season clothing on clearance to clear the stock from their stores. You can save a lot buying clothing when you don’t need it – like a coat in May or a swimsuit in December.
7. Shop online clearance sales
Don’t discount online retailers (and retailers’ websites) when you’re shopping for clothes. They follow seasons too with huge discounts – and a larger selection than most stores – on clearance items.
8. Repurpose old clothes
Turn something you’re no longer wearing into something else, for example, you can cut the legs off of some old jeans and turn them into shorts. You can also repurpose old shirts into tank tops and skirts. You can even make a purse out of an old sweater. Try it!