Summertime clothes are my favorite style — I love sundresses and sandals — but it’s easy to spend too much money. Here are five ways to save money on clothes that you love to wear during the hottest months of the year.
#1 Buy what you need … not what you want.
One of the most difficult things to do while shopping is to only buy what you need instead of what you want. Going to the mall or your favorite store can be exciting and is an emotional experience. It is easy to go into a store see a cute pair of shoes and bam! You’re caught trying to decide between the new swimsuit you needed to get, and the hottest pair of winter boots you’ve ever seen. But if you stay focused and deliberately head to the swimsuit section first, you can avoid this type of dilemma. This will help you save money and help you get what you need for your wardrobe.
#2 Buy out of season.
This is one of the most obvious but rarely used ways to save money on fashion. In season clothing always run high compared to out of season clothing, for understandable reasons. One of the best times to go shopping for out of season clothing is at the beginning of a new season. Most stores mark down clothing up to as much as 80% off the original price, so the best time to shop for summer fashions is immediately following the season.
#3 Shop online.
Shopping online for clothes may feel like you are missing some of the fun, but if you can save money doing so why not go for it? In fact, many retail stores offer better discounts and sales online, often including free shipping, because of competition. Stores like Forever21 offer coupon codes for orders placed online, so this saves you even more money. Signing up to stores email lists also saves you money and keeps you organized as the store notifies you when sales are going on. Summer fashion is relatively easy to find online as it doesn’t require a lot of trying on for the most part.
#4 Go shopping during the week.
Sounds silly right? I mean what’s the difference between a Thursday and a Saturday? Well a lot, actually. Stores often offer discounts on clothing during the week to clear out some of their inventory, and by Thursday they start rotating their weekend sales items to the front of shelves. If you go shopping on a Thursday you will not only get the discounts from the week, but also get first dibs on new sales items just being set out. Another perk to buying during the week is the limited crowds and better access to sales people equaling better service!
#5 Get organized.
a list of what you are hoping to buy and how much you are willing to spend. Make sure your budget is realistic, and stick to it. If you find yourself wandering aimlessly through the mall window shopping, stop yourself and refocus on the task at hand. This really will help you to save money on the fashions you want, since you won’t be distracted and fail to spot the best sales. It also helps to prepare in advance for the items you know are on sale and the stores that have major clearance selections. This works on any type of fashion, but summer fashions are the most heavily rotated and are the best for the strategies listed here.