Fashion is one of the best ways for people to express themselves! Clothes can often reflect a person’s personality, mood and sometimes even their interests, which is why fashion is so integral to so many people’s lives.
We here at Fuzzable, love fashion but know clothing can get pricey! So we have compiled a list of the top 5 ways to save money when shopping for clothes, helping our readers express themselves without breaking the bank.
GO THRIFT SHOPPING
In the past few years, thrift shopping has become increasingly popularized, with the word “thrifting” taking on a life of its own. Thrift stores are home to a variety of clothing, from current to vintage to everywhere in between.
Besides the diversity of items, the positives of thrift stores are that they are an environmentally-friendly way to shop and generally have low prices.
Hidden gems can be found at any thrift store, so be sure to check out both well-known locations as well as independently-run stores.
When going thrift shopping, be ready to take the time to search and keep an open mind — that is how the best items are found.
LOOK OUT FOR SALES
Most stores, from retail giants to thrift stores, have sales and promotions throughout the year, so it is important for people to keep their eyes open.
For those who get paper flyers delivered to their house, flip through them to see which stores and items are on sale each week. Alternatively, people can sign up for email or text alerts from their favourite stores to know when the latest sales are happening.
While there are ways to know about sales beforehand, sometimes it is necessary to go into stores to see what is going on. Many stores have clearance sections that are not advertised. These sections, that contain items with marked down prices, can generally be found at the back of the store or on moving racks scattered throughout.
Online shopping is routine for many people today and for good reason. Oftentimes, the prices of clothing online is cheaper than the prices in-store. Many choose online shopping as their go-to method, but for those who enjoy the experience of going out shopping, do not be too quick to brush off online stores.
Feel free to go to the mall to look around, but before buying a nice item, use a phone to check the price of it online to see if it is any cheaper. If so, and if buying the item is not time sensitive, order it online instead. Remember that there are thrifting equivalents to online shopping as well. Do not be limited to stores’ online websites, look on resell sites or on Facebook Marketplace for items as well.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Just like comparing prices online and in-store, be sure to research the prices of items from place to place.
Cross-checking items across stores, online sites, and second-hand sources will help to both save money and get the best quality item. Research is especially important when it comes to buying pricier investment pieces. While it may seem time consuming, the amount of money that could be saved to buy something else will make the research worth it.
Participating in fashion trends is something that everybody does at some point or another. There is nothing wrong with taking part in trends, but it is necessary to recognize when something is a trend versus when it will be sticking around for a while.
If it is evident that an item of clothing is a trend that will only be worn for one season, try not to spend a lot of money on it. Instead, work extra hard to get that item on sale or second-hand. Put more money into clothes that will be worn year-round or for years to come.
With these tips in mind, fashion fanatics can go forward with their shopping and saving endeavours.