There are a lot of basic necessities that will call for you to spend money all year round, including food, shelter and transportation. But clothing is also another spending category that we simply cannot avoid, and is one that can often start to eat into our budget. However, there are ways you can retain your personal style without breaking the bank. Here’s how:
Budget for the Basics
When you start thinking about spending less money on clothes, you may worry that you’re going to compromise your look or style. But you needn’t.
Fashions come and go, and if you try to keep on top of all of the latest trends, you are going to face some hefty price tags. That’s why, if you’re a frugal fashionista, you’ll need to equip yourself with all of the basics. Having a wardrobe that’s full of these basic pieces will provide you with adaptable and versatile outfits that you can add to and build on to create show-stopping looks. Equip yourself with neutral shades as well as bold colors so you have a wardrobe that can take you from smart and sophisticated to vibrant and statemental.
Cheaper Clothing Styles
Many great looks come straight from the fashion industry’s top designers but when you try and become a part of this designer fashion cycle, it can be draining on your financial reserves. Everyday shoppers aren’t the target market for high-end fashion, which is why you need to create the right compromise between practical clothes that you can wear on a daily basis and those cutting-edge statement pieces.
Consider looking for deals at discount department stores because these tend to offer the same type of style for a much lower cost. OK, so copied items might not provide you with the best quality but your money’s better spent on durable versions of the clothes you wear most often.
Another great time to save on clothes is during the off-season because these clothes are less in demand, enabling you to score some major discounts on them. So, if winter is around the corner, now’s the best time for you to shop for your summer and spring clothing, and vice versa. By adopting this type of strategy it will allow you to pick up great deals all year round!
However, you will need to be savvy when you start shopping in this way because all of the good deals are going to get snapped up straight away. So, keep an eye on your favorite store and their sale start dates so you can make sure you get a pick of the best clothes available. For example, if you’re looking out for your next winter coat, the best time for you to pick this up will be just after the holiday season is over.
Pay with Plastic
Another thing to keep in mind is the fabulous rewards that a credit card may give you. Sometimes they will have special deals, which could mean that you’ll get extra points for every dollar spent (see places like Chase Ultimate Rewards, for example). Here, you may find a special deal between a department store and credit card company. This means, if you use a certain card at their store, the credit card company will sometimes give you double or triple the amounts of points for each dollar spent. If a deal like this pops up, it’s a good time to shop at that store.
Sometimes these deals will lead you to stores you wouldn’t usually go to, including vintage or pre-owned clothing shops. But why not try these out anyway because you could discover some stylish clothes that help you to save money in the process!
Best Clothing Practices
Another important thing to note is how you treat your clothes after you’ve bought them. Even though they might not have cost a lot, you should treat all of your clothes as if they were designer pieces. Yes, high-end clothes last longer because they’re higher quality and are built to last but by taking extra care of your new clothing, you’ll make sure they last much longer.
Try washing them less frequently instead of after every wear and use gentler cycles on your dryer or washer to decrease the wear and tear on them. And avoid harsh chemical cleaners or bleach, especially on softer fabrics like wool because these can really take their toll on the material. Over time, this will help you to reduce how many clothes you need to buy, helping you to put aside more money for your next shopping spree!
Samantha Haynes is a yummy mummy who likes to look her best without spending top dollar. Sam writes about hair, beauty and fashion topics aimed at Mom’s who don’t have a lot of money to spend.