How to Save Money on Clothing

How to find clothing at bargain pricesThe cost of apparel can sometimes get ridiculously high, especially if you like wearing the latest fashions and enjoy buying clothes. Parents also find that children’s clothing can get quite costly because it must be replaced as their children grow into larger sizes.

It is, however, possible to cut clothing costs and still have a decent wardrobe – check out the following ideas for some frugal fashion.

Know When to Shop

There are certain months in which to buy certain items for the best savings. For in-season apparel, wait approximately six weeks into the new season to shop. This is when new items are often marked down. If you want maximum savings, shop out of season. For example, you’ll find clearance-priced winter coats in May and swimsuits in September. The day after Thanksgiving (known as Black Friday) is a good time to snag clearance if you don’t mind braving the crowds.

Shop at Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are a great place to find clothing at rock-bottom prices. Some shoppers don’t like the idea of buying used clothing, but sometimes you can find like-new clothing or even new clothing that’s been donated with the tags still on.

Going thrift store shopping is like treasure hunting – you never know what you’ll find but it might be just be something fantastic at a bargain price. If you can, try visiting a few different thrift stores and you may find that there is one in particular that gets more of the kind of thing that you are looking for.

savers thrift storesSavers has a network of thrift stores all across the US, as well as Canada and even Australia. These generally have an impressive range of stock, which is usually sorted not only by garment type but also separated by size and arranged by color too – making it less time consuming to find what you are looking for.

Even though the prices at Savers are usually very reasonable, you can become eligible for further discounts by joining their Super Savers Club for free. For more information on Savers, and to find a local store please see their site.

gently used fashion on display at a Plato's Closet store

An example of the range available at the Plato’s Closet store in Wellington, Florida

The fashion conscious may prefer stores like Plato’s Closet, which focus on the trendier designer type “gently used” clothing and accessories. Plato’s Closet will also allow to you to trade in selected items you no longer want, either for cash or in exchange for something else in store. You can find out more, and check for store locations here.

Take Advantage of Rewards and Money-Saving Offers

Many department stores have rewards programs for their customers. You can sign up at the store or online. Often if you have a department store credit card, you get exclusive offers for cardholders only like points that translate into savings or a percentage off your purchase. As a card holder, you will regularly receive special offers via email and postal mail.

Just don’t use a department store credit card as an excuse to overspend. Pay off your balance each time you use the card to avoid increasing debt. If you are not 100% confident that you will be able to pay off your whole balance each time it is due, check out the interest rate before you apply for the card: with some stores it can be excessive.

Search for Coupon Codes

Coupon codes for many department stores can be found online. These codes will save you a percentage or certain amount off your purchase. A Google search for “clothing coupon codes”‚ “apparel coupon codes” or even just “coupon codes” plus the name of the store at which you want to shop can return pages of results for sites that list these codes.

When checking out online, there will be a box in which to enter the coupon code. If you are ordering over the phone, tell the customer service representative you have a code and they can enter it for you.

Buy Off-Brand Apparel

Rather than dropping big bucks on the latest pair of designer jeans or shoes, look for a generic brand knockoff in the same style for a fraction of the price. There are many department stores like Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target that carry low priced brands, some of which are designed by celebrities.

As you can see, there are many ways to save money on clothing and apparel. By shopping at the right places, knowing when to shop, and taking advantage of money saving offers and deals, you can cut clothing costs for the whole family.