Saving money is always a hot topic; no matter what generation you represent. Especially in the starting of a new year, budgets are looked at, wallets seem a little more empty after the holidays, and credit card bills seem to have more and more numbers in them.
- Buy the basics. Don’t try to keep up with the trends, but keep your clothes basic so you can mix and match, no matter what season it is.
- Spend more on basics. This may seem like the wrong approach when trying to save money, but if you are going to be wearing it multiple times a week, there is value in buying it once, instead of 3 times in a year.
- Buy clothes out of season. After a season is complete, look for the seasonal clothes to go on sale. When summer is almost over, that’s the time to stock up for next year.
- Determine cost per wear. How many times are you going to wear it and is it worth the cost?
- Buy second hand. This may come across as the “cheap” option, but it is amazing what you can find at second hand stores. Or do a clothes swap with a friend – it’s like getting a whole new wardrobe!
- No trends. They only remind you of what you don’t have (even though companies tell you what you need to have). Trends can last only a season, so don’t waste your time or money.
- Shop around. If you have the time, do some comparison shopping. Comparing websites and deals may save you those few extra dollars or even free shipping.
- Sign up for store emails and apps. Be leery of signing up for stores you never shop at, but sometimes stores have “flash” sales that offer that extra percentage off (think retailmenot app)