The amount that you spend on clothing. Do you know how much that is? One
hundred, two hundred, maybe even three hundred a month?
Is it really necessary to spend that much money on clothes? Maybe not!
By simply adjusting your spending habits and learning to shop a bit more
conservatively, you can save yourself hundreds, even thousands of dollars a
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
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 and 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 particular 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
Childrens' 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.
You can also try these online sites: http://www.swap.com and http://www.hugestore.com
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.
Proper Care Insures A Long Life
Beware of what the washer and dryer can do to your clothing. Improper cleaning can
result in damaged or unwearable clothes. That's one expensive mistake to make.
Not only will you have to spend money to replace the ruined clothing, but it will take time
to go out to the mall and shop.
When washing, READ THE LABELS! Be aware of what speeds and cycles your
apparel can endure. Also be careful when selecting water temperature and dryer settings. Nothing's worse than pulling
your favorite t-shirt out of the dryer, only to find it three sizes smaller.
You will extend the life of all your clothes by learning how to properly wash
and care for them.
Hopefully you are able to take a few of these ideas and apply them to your
It's best to start at the source. Organize your wardrobe so you know EXACTLY
what you have. You will then have a good idea of what you will need to buy.
This will also help prevent you from buying more than is necessary.
In a nutshell: Organize, set your spending limit, explore alternative sources, and
minimize or eliminate unnecessary purchases. Do all of this, and you are well
on your way to accumulating some "extra" spending money!
Written by Gregory Thomas, editor of http://www.SavingSecrets.com
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