Clothes are expensive. I used to be a crazy spender when it came to clothing. I would spend thousands upon thousands of dollars a year. I would come home nearly every single day with at least one new clothing item, and sometimes I had multiple bags.
I was spending money for no reason. I still don't know why I thought my spending was okay back then.
I am much better now when it comes to spending. I hardly ever buy any clothing now, and I make good use out of the items I have. I still dress nice, but I know how to limit my spending.
There are ways to save money when going clothing shopping.
Save money when buying clothing.
Buy what fits correctly – If you are clothing shopping, you should always buy what fits. Buy petite clothes if you need to, or buy plus size clothes if you need to. You should not pay attention to the size of what you are buying. Buying items that are too small or too big just never look right, and you will most likely waste your money and never wear the clothing item again if you are pre-occupied with the size label. Also, get items tailored if they need to be. This way you can buy items that will eventually fit you perfectly.
Buy what you need – When shopping for clothes, always buy just what you need. This means before you leave for the mall, you should go through your closet and do an inventory of what you already have, and what you need. This way you can buy exactly what you need and you have an idea of what you already have. There were way too many times when I bought an item that looked just like something I already had in my closet.
Think about quality – I used to make the huge mistake of only buying what's trendy. I would buy items that would only last a couple of washes and it was a huge waste of money. Instead, buy items of quality that you know will last a longer time.
Search for coupons – Before I officially ring out at a store, I always check to see if there are any coupons or promotions going on. Many stores will give you a discount if you have a student ID or if you sign up for their e-mail list.
How much money do you think you will spend on clothing for the rest of 2014?
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