I don’t think it’s a secret around here that I like to save money (here, here, and here). I seriously loath paying full price for just about everything, especially if it’s something I’m buying for myself. I don’t think I’ve paid full price for an article of clothing in years. Honest to God. Here’s how I save money on clothes.
1 | Coupons
Most of my shopping is done online, it’s true. When I find an awesome piece of clothing that I just can’t live without, I immediately start googling coupon codes. 9 times out of 10, there’s a valid coupon code that works and I go about my merry way.
Usually I’ll search the website before I enter a physical store. I already have in mind what I want. If there’s a coupon code online, I’ll simply ask the clerk if they honor online coupon codes. You’ll be surprised at how often they do honor online coupon codes. And this way, you don’t have to wait for shipping! Yay!
I recently found a top I loved from Express, which is expensive in my opinion, anyway. I have to use a coupon to shop there, or I don’t buy anything. I had a $15 off $30 coupon online, but I didn’t know what sized I’d need and I’d have to pay $8 shipping. I went to my local Express, found the top immediately, tried it on, and asked the girl behind the counter if they would take online coupon codes. Do you know what she said to me? “Of course we do.” So, instead of paying ~$33 for a top + shipping (still with a coupon code), I paid $26 and left with the top the same day. It never hurts to ask. Plus, she told me I could always come in and order directly from the store to avoid paying shipping on something.
2 | Wait For Sales
There are certain stores (*cough* New York & Co. *cough*) that I know will be way overpriced until there’s a sale. But when there’s a sale, it’s a great sale. I worked at NY&Co once upon a time, so I guess I have a little bit of “insider knowledge” but so many other stores do this too. Watch for a while, and when a sale begins, pounce. Right now there’s a BOGO 50% off sale at New York & Co… and they have these types of sales often. My favorite NY&Co sale is the BOGO free pant and jean sale they have twice a year! I wait until I see it to stock up on jeans for the year.
3 | Save On Shipping
Many places have a free shipping (or low cost) option. However, it can take a few weeks to get to you. I put on my patience panties and I wait for it. I know it’s painful, but it’s a great way to save on something you probably don’t need right this second. And if you shop online frequently, those shipping charges add up quickly.
4 | Buy Out Of Season
One of my favorite ways to save money is to purchase out of season clothes. For instance, buy a jacket in the middle of summer, or a swim suit in the dead of winter. By shopping out of season, you’ll save money. The downside is that you probably won’t have as many options, but if you find something you really love, or need, does it matter?
5 | Search The Clearance Rack
I find that in many stores, the clearance rack is severely overlooked. You can find some real winners there, for a huge discount. When I think clearance, I automatically associate that with Dillard’s. I have the best luck perusing the clearance racks at Dillard’s.
BONUS | Go to HauteLook.com
Just like my post on how to save money on high end makeup, HauteLook is a great way to get big deals on clothing! But, you have to watch for what you want because the deals don’t last long!
What’s your favorite way to save on clothing?