Top 10 Tips for Buying a Wardrobe on a Budget

kelli September 8, 2012 1



Food, clothing and shelter are the three basic staples of life. We may want more clothes than we need but that is okay..nothing wrong with wanting to look good, right? If you are a fashionista at heart but your bank account does not allow you to spend on clothes as you please, there are some ways to get some great clothes without busting your budget.

Do Your Internet Homework

Before going to any store, make sure you do a thorough run through of any coupon sites to see if any stores near by have any offerings. Visit store websites to see if they are announcing any special sales or promotions.

Think In Terms of Outfits

Any time you are buying a new piec e of clothing, stop to consider how it will fit in with the rest of your wardrobe. Can you pair it with anything else to make an outfit? Are you planning on buying anything else that day that will go with it? No matter how great a bargain you get, buying something that goes with nothing else in your wardrobe is wasted money.

Do Not Discount the Discount Racks

At one point, everything on the discount rack was once sitting pretty at the front of the store at full price. It may be hit or miss sometimes, but if you are diligent, you can probably find some great pieces at a steep markdown.

Have Swap Parties with Your Friends

Have your friends get together and bring clothes they no longer want to wear; you may find some gems in there. I have a friend who is quite the avid shopper and I have gotten great clothes from her, sometimes with the tags still attached. If there is anything still left over at the end of the evening, donate it to charity.

Hit the Thrift Stores

Thrit stores can really be a great source for cheap clothes but it may take some time to go through the items; this is not an activity to rush thorugh so only go when you have some time. As cheap as the clothes already are, some stores have special weekly deals where clothes marked with a certain color sticker may cost as little as one dollar. Call around to stores and see if they have any such special offerings to get the lowest of the low prices.

Check out Outlet Malls

Outlet malls can be a boon for getting higher end clothing at affordable prices, but shop cautiously. Before hitting up a certain store, do a bit of research to find out what stuff is normally selling for to see if you are truly getting a bargain. Some high-end designers design clothes specifically for outlet malls so while it may not be the exact same clothing as the regular line, it will come pretty close to it at a fraction of the price.

Look for Additional Discounts for Online Shopping

When buying things online, you often see an area to enter a coupon code or promo code. Before checking out, do an online search to see if there are any codes available on coupon sites or the store site.

Shop Out of Season

While sweaters may be the last thing on your mind in the middle of summer, buying clothes off season is one of the best ways to save some dough; lower demand equals lower prices. You can also find some great discounts well before the current season ends as many shops begin showcasing the upcoming season’s clothes at least a month before.

Go to Consignment Shops

Many high-end fashionable clothes find a nice home in consignment shops; here, the store gets a portion of the sale while the seller gets the rest. These items tend to be in excellent condition and while they may not all be of the latest season, you can probably find a lot of classic pieces.

Be on the Hunt for Sample Sales

While sample sales were associated with clothing that was used for models or excess inventory that did not make it to the retail store, they now usually include any type of excess inventory, such as last season’s clothing.

Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys creating pieces that help people save money. If you are in the market for some trendy footwear,  Check out WildPair for boots as well as many other fashion items.

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