You get to that certain point sometimes when you realize how much you need a clothing makeover. And while giving away stuff that you still love, but know it’s time to part with is difficult, that’s the only efficient way to make room for new clothing. So donate that dress already and let’s talk about new additions and about how best to fit them into your budget.
- Take to online shopping
In-store shopping can be very limiting if you live in a small town or a smaller city, but online shopping opens a whole new world of possibilities. And even if you lived in a metropolis, it’s so much easier to find budget-friendly stores online than having to change metro stations to jump from one place to another to find good deals and stylish offerings within your limited budget. Right? Right.
Here’s the thing about online stores: they’ll throw in free delivery, sometimes with no minimum amount required, they’ll have tons of markdowns, they’ll have clearance and seasonal sales, and they’ll include discounts and special deals frequently.
Moreover, you don’t always have to shop the popular shopping sites to get budget-fitting deals. But the likes of Beyond the Rack, known for their flash sales days, Hudson’s Bay, with tons of online exclusive deals, and The Peacock Parade, are definitely worth considering when building a wardrobe fast and cheaper.
- Shop different stores
Or at least do more of that window-shopping kind of thing, except do it by actually stepping in store so you can compare prices within different retailers.
If your time is precious and you’d rather do anything else but in-store price comparison, there’s a new trick in town, and they call them price-comparison apps. So put your mobile to good use and let it tell you if you’re about to strike a bargain or a no deal.
- Shop with shopping apps
Shopping apps aren’t just to match prices and organize your shopping, but they can also help you shop more easily, sorting out clothes for you and even building a virtual closet. They’re especially handy when you’re shopping alone and indecisive, as some apps enable users to snap a photo and then share it with friends and get a second opinion. This way you’ll rule out making poor choices.
- Learn to track a store’s sale cycle
You want those items half price then you have to be prepared to do some bit of work. It’s easier than you think to track a store’s sale cycle, although it could get trickier if you shop at dozens of retailers. But that’s why we have notebooks and memos.
One of the best ways to build a cheap wardrobe is to shop around the end of a season. Most retailers will have mega sales about two times a year, usually in January and mid-summer. But again, shops roll out merchandise all the time, and they need to make space for new items, so they’ll mark down any old stuff hanging around. Always search the back of the store for clearance and mark that date to know when it’s time for another visit.
- Leave the tag on and keep the receipt
For how long? That entirely depends on whether or not you tend to change your mind about clothing often. Either way, it’s good to keep your receipt or the tag on an item if you’re not going to wear it right away because then you can return it and receive your money back with no hassle.