Saving money doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself from buying new clothes. The key to saving is to pick the right pieces when shopping and take care of them the right way to make them last long. Here are some tips to get more use of your clothes and save more in the long run.
- Estimate Your Options When Shopping
When thinking of buying an item, think about how many looks you can make out of it and how many times you’ll be able to use it. For example, ask yourself, “Do I have at least three tops to go with this printed shorts?” Recalling the pieces you already own and visualizing a number of looks that goes along with a clothing you want to purchase will make it easier for you decide which pieces to buy—and which ones to pass on.
- Buy Better Basic
For closet staples (a plain white shirt, white button-down shirt, black pencil skirt), your options is endless, seemingly similar and available at all price points. However, when it comes to these clothes, it’s ideal to invest on quality items. The cheap black trousers and the pricier one might look the same, but getting the pricier one will prevent you from replacing the low-price version, which will show signs of wear and wash much sooner.
- Skip Pieces That Says ‘Dry Clean Only’
Whether it’s a pair of polyester pants or a cashmere scarf, make sure you are aware of the washing recommendation of the piece you’re buying to avoid paying dry cleaning charges every month. Thos items that require to be dry cleaned only will cost you more to maintain. Instead, purchase high-quality low-maintenance clothing to maximize your investment.
- Shop Out of Season
Shopping after the season and during clearance sales is a great way to stock up on your wardrobe without shelling out a lot of money. Go through your closet to determine what pieces you need to buy. Shop for summer dresses during rainy months and stock up on sweaters during summer season.
- Be Smart With Sales
Many online retailers, such as eBay and Amazon, host flash sales when you can score great discounts on expensive brands and items during select times and days. Although shopping on sales trigger impulsive purchases, you can get splurge-worthy items without going beyond your budget. As long as you set a budget limit before going shopping, sales are excellent times to shop and save.
You need to get quality clothes, but you don’t have to spend a fortune doing so. Saving while shopping may sound counterintuitive, but it can certainly be done if you know where to put your money on.