Remember when kids were teased mercilessly for wearing discount clothes? Today’s savvy shoppers pride themselves on finding great quality items for little-to-nothing. “Oh this? The entire outfit cost £15!”
Discount retailers recognise the influx of frugal shoppers and are answering the call by offering brand name quality items at significantly lower prices. Shoppes may be able to offer such deals by stocking irregularly sized apparel or ones with minimal construction damage. Stores making bulk inventory purchases can also help cause discounts to be passed on to consumers. Yet the best fun derives from going out on a hunt for bargains and bringing home the prizes.
Here are some tried-and-true tips for bargain shopping:
Watch Sale Patterns
Each store has a system and schedule for discounting items. Normally items will be marked down slightly by 15% or so and then become cheaper the longer the product stays unsold. Retailers in high-rent districts rely on products moving quickly so these types of stores would be likely to offer discounts that increase at a rapid pace. Yet those high-end items were also marked up drastically from the beginning so don’t get fooled into thinking it’s a deal when it isn’t. Once a regular shopper at a particular store, take note of what days the sales are rolled out. If an item is desired then either try and wait it out until it reaches the desired price or buy immediately to ensure not missing out. It’s also a good idea to become friendly with one or two of the sales assistants in order to get an insider’s view of operations. Getting a part-time or seasonal job for employee discounts is another way to save and also make a little extra cash.
Such a suggestion may be blasphemy to some—just as others would never consider buying new. If thrifting is acceptable, then read on.
Used clothing can range in price from extremely affordable to high-cost collectible pieces. The quality of used items also varies greatly. Second-hand apparel is sold in a variety of stores, in market stalls, at personal homes, and also online. The cheapest hauls are those that require a set price and then allow customers to fill a bag with as much as they can. Rising interest in vintage apparel makes it more challenging to find deals before the consignment boutiques nap them up but the hunt is all part of the fun. Remember when buying any clothing, new or used, to check seams, buttons, zips, etc. for quality construction.
Be “Out of Time”
There are two great ways to save money on clothes. One is to shop off-season by purchasing winter clothes on sale in the summer and vice versa. Yes it can seem a little strange shopping for a swimsuit long before ever using it but the money saved will soon make such timing a new habit. Note that buying ahead of time can be troublesome for anyone whose weight fluctuates.
Other ways to save money involve going classic or coming up with a completely unique style. Fashions come and go; trying to keep up with the trends is simply not cost-effective. However by making one’s own unique style, a foundation wardrobe can be embellished differently with the changing seasons for a fraction of the cost it would take to change out all pieces. Think layering and accessorizing.
A fun sense of style doesn’t require a big budget. Yet searching for the best deals should become a habit. Whenever possible go for quality items for foundation pieces such as trousers, shoes and jackets. If needed, for these items you can make use of same day cash loans. Then switch it all up with lower cost fun items. Learn the stores and their sales patterns. Also remember that by buying second-hand those better items can often be found for a song. Everyone’s on some kind of budget but thanks to shopping tips like these, “budget” can look very pricey, indeed.