Shopping can be fun and addicting but can also drain your wallet. So how do you maintain a respectable wardrobe in a cost-effective way? Here are three tips to help you find that perfect pair of jeans or classy wedges to add to your closet without breaking the bank.
- Shop second-hand. Admit it. Most shoppers prefer shopping for new clothes rather than buying second-hand. Shopping for used clothes may sound unappealing at first, but you may be surprised by the stylish, quality items you’ll find for a fraction of the original retail price. Take the kids to a thrift shop and find outfits for a few bucks. If you’re looking for something a bit classier, hit up the local consignment stores. Some resale stores sell only name-brand and designer items, so you won’t have to worry about filling your closet with cheap or out-of-style apparel. The trick to a successful second-hand experience combines finding the right shop with understanding when they stock new offerings. This combination can land you some great deals on choices that fit your style.
- Ask yourself “Do I really need this?” We often find something we like—maybe even for a good price—and toss it into the shopping cart regardless of whether or not we need it. When you’re tempted to buy something new, ask yourself, “Do I really need this? Will I really wear this?” To help yourself answer these questions honestly, imagine a specific time in the future when you will wear the item. Imagine what else you will wear with it. Then think about what you have at home. If you have something that would do just as well, consider leaving the new article on the rack. Asking yourself these questions doesn’t mean you can never buy something new, but it will help you make thoughtful spending decisions when it comes to new clothes.
- Think versatility. Purchase items that can be paired with various articles of clothing and avoid apparel that is only occasionally useful. For example, don’t choose the unique pair of pants that can only be worn with one specific blouse. Similarly, a Hawaiian sundress that is only fitting for a beach party may not be the best decision for your budget. You can put your money to better use by purchasing a sweater that you can pair with most of your pants or a casual dress that can be worn both to work and on a date. Stick to items you can mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe and wear often.