For many people, women especially, buying clothing is one of the biggest expenses that they have. The fact is, clothes, shoes and accessories can cost an arm and a leg and, in many cases, are only worn a few times. If you’re desperately trying to save more money this year and you don’t know where to start your wardrobe may be the best place. Below are some tips and good advice for you if you want to save money on clothing in 2013.
First just this; if you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Yes, Carrie on ‘Sex and the City’ could afford new high-end shoes every week but she’s a fantasy figure, not a real life woman. Those Manolo Blahnik’s would set back a real human by about a month’s worth of groceries. Yes they look great but, unless you’ve got your own ‘Mr. Big’ paying the bills you’re not going to ever be able to save if you don’t have a little self-control. And that goes for men too!
When you actually do need new clothes try your very best to stay away from designer brands that usually cost 30 to 40% more than the lesser-known brands. The truth is, most times the designer brand is the same exact quality as the lesser so spending more for the more expensive option is just plain wasteful.
Versatility is the name of the game with clothing. Don’t buy something that can’t be used with multiple ensembles or multiple ways. Think of it this way; no matter how great a price you paid, if you wear something once and then it just sits in the closet or dresser afterwards you’ve wasted your money. If, however, you can wear it multiple times and with multiple other pieces of clothing you’re going to get your money’s worth out of it.
Planning ahead is also vital if you’re keen on saving money for clothes. Buying winter clothing in the winter is just plain crazy. Better to buy them in spring when the prices have been greatly reduced. This is the same for every season and can save you up to 50, 60, 70% and even more.
One last thing that you can do is to sell your used clothes on eBay or Craigslist. If you have nice clothes and they’re in great shape this can actually net you some cash that you can then use to buy your new wardrobe. If you did this all the time you’d almost never spend anything because you’d keep recycling your clothes money. Think about that for a few minutes.