For a lot of people, regardless of whether they are men, women, or anyone in between, shopping for clothes is a rather fun experience. Going to the mall, trying on clothes, having fun with your friends, there is a lot to enjoy with clothes shopping. What isn’t fun, however, is the cost you ultimately pay when going clothes shopping. If you are going to higher-end places, getting a full wardrobe can be quite an expensive trip. If you can’t afford to deal with such expensive trips, however, we are here to help you save money where you can.
Wait for sales
If you are a “professional” clothes shopper, you must already be aware of the fact that sales are the best way to get a good deal on clothes. Not all sales are going to be strong, but even a reduction of price to some extent is better than paying full price. Sales on clothes manifest in many different ways, with two of the most common being either clearance items that have not sold well, and storewide deals. These kinds of sales encourage shoppers to spend more than they normally would, especially if it is a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” deal.
A Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal is basically what it says on the tin: if you buy three eligible items, one of those items will be free. The free item will be the one with the lowest price, which also encourages you to spend more than you normally would to get the most out of the deal. Variations of this deal include Buy 1 Get 1 50 Percent Off and Buy 2 Get 2 Free.
There is one tactic that you should watch out for, however. Some businesses have a tendency to make their sales seem better than they actually are. The way they do this is actually quite simple. Before they actually do a sale, they increase the advertised prices of items that will go on sale, and then they “put it on sale,” when, in fact, the sale price is the same as it was before the price was raised. In order to avoid this kind of trick, check to see whether the business you are shopping at has a history of this kind of scheme. If others are reporting this tactic, the best thing to do would be to find somewhere else to buy your wares.
Consider Signing Up for a Rewards Program
If you shop at one store a lot over others, it may be worthwhile to join their rewards program. Rewards programs typically give you cash back, store credit, and/or other perks for shopping at their store. The more you shop there, the more value you get back from your purchases. Once again though, be careful about not falling into the rewards card rabbit hole. Don’t over-shop just to get more rewards back.
Compare Prices From One Store to Another
While it may be convenient to do all your shopping at one store, especially if you have been a loyal
customer of the store for years. However, it’s important to remember that customer loyalty can
sometimes come at a cost. You may not even realize that there are better options out there for your
needs, and thus make the mistake of never bothering to look. Look up the prices of the same item
from one store to the next.
Intersperse Buying New Clothes With Used Clothes
This is an easy step to take – honestly, the only thing you really need to make sure of is that you find the right used clothing store to buy from. To do that, the best strategy would be to simply ask your friends, family, and look online at reviews of used clothing stores. Some will have a better reputation than others, and qualities you should look out for include how much they charge, the quality of the clothing, and their location. While some used clothing stores do allow you to shop online, we recommend that you shop in person. Buying used clothing is a lot more slapdash than buying new, so trying on clothes is even more important than it already is. It’s especially true for women shopping for plus-size clothing.
Do Sales and Programs Actually Save You Money?
The answer to this question is inconclusive, mainly because there is no one answer that fits everyone. This is because sales can affect people in certain ways. These kinds of deals and programs are great, but ultimately, every clothing company is doing them because it is profitable for
them to do so. In truth, when you use coupons, join rewards cards, or shop sales, people often wind
up spending more money than they would if no sales were occurring. In truth, the best way to save
money is to be careful about your spending. If you navigate these things smartly, you can get the
most value out of them without spending too much more money.
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