15 Fashionable Ways to Save on Clothes, Shoes and Accessories
When it comes to shopping, a good buy is only a good deal if you need the item. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to save on clothes, shoes and accessories by avoiding unneeded purchases and making the most of what’s already in your closet.
A little retail therapy goes a long way, but you don’t have to break the bank to look your best. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to save on clothes, shoes and accessories and make the most of what’s already in your closet.
1. Get Organized
If you keep your closet organized, you’ll be able to do an inventory of what you already have, so you can avoid buying stuff you don’t need. Use apps like Closet+ or Stylebook to take pictures of your closet, so you can take it on your next shopping trip for reference.
Pro tip: If you don’t want to use another app, just organize your closet using a color-coding system and take a picture with your phone.
2. Follow the Rule of Three
Before you purchase anything, ask yourself, “Does it go with at least three pieces I own?” That will help you avoid buyer’s remorse when you get home and realize that your “great purchase” doesn’t go with anything else in your closet.
3.One In, One Out
Donate or sell an old item for every new item you buy. This helps you identify what you really like to wear and items that you don’t even remember why you purchased in the first place.
4. Dye Faded Fabrics
If your sweaters are starting to look a bit tired, you can bring them back to life with dye. You’ll spend $5 on the dye and have your favorite pieces ready for prime time again. Check out these tips from Rit Dye on how to do it.
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5. DIY Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning costs add up quickly, making dry-clean-only items less of a bargain after all. Either look for washable substitutes or DIY at home using Dryel for light freshening.
Related: Tips for Avoiding Dry Cleaning Bills
10. Shop Outlets and Factory Stores
There was a time when outlet malls and factory stores were a sure deal. Before you buy, check the store’s website to compare outlet prices to the regular store and make sure you’re getting a deal.
Pro tip: Before you take a trip to the outlet mall, look for additional coupons online or shop on national holidays when outlet stores offer deeper discounts.
11. Shop Flash Sale Sites
Pro tip: If you find yourself putting a $4.99 neon sweater in your cart just because it’s a deal, log off for a few hours. When you come back, the item will likely be gone or you’ll have come to your senses and changed your mind.
12. Use Reward Credit Cards
Most credit cards give you cash back or points that can be redeemed for free flights and other perks. Some also have their own online shopping mall where you can get extra rewards by going through their website. That way, you could double up on discounts and rewards.
You can compare reward credit cards here.
14. Go Generic
Pro Tip: Sign up for their emails to get additional discounts on already reduced sale and clearance items.
15. Add Accessories
Instead of purchasing a whole new outfit in a trendy color, you can get away with a scarf, hat, belt, or other accessories that will update your style without emptying your wallet.
Before you walk into a mall or log into a shopping site, remind yourself, “It’s not a good deal unless I need it.” Avoid the “incredible sale” trap by walking out of the store or away from the computer for a few minutes. Never, ever pay full price!
Good retail therapy shouldn’t leave a hole in your wallet.
Reviewed May 2021
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