Most online shoppers fall prey to impulse buying. This is because so many things look good, and you will want to buy whatever you think will look great on you. And so, you may find that you spend more on clothes than you should.
Want to escape the pit of overspending on clothes you may not need or use? Here are ten sure strategies to help you get great deals on clothes that you will actually wear at the least price.
Tip #1: Use only cash
Cash will always keep your overspending habits in check. Paper money hurts more than digital or virtual cash, making you more careful using it. Also, your wallet will always have a limit, which will help you only spend cash on clothes you really need.
Tip #2: Buy clothes when prices are low
There are certain months and seasons where prices go on the down-low for specific clothing items. For example, to buy affordable denim, wait for October. If you want running shoes, wait for March. Buying clothes in these discounted seasons enables you to buy more clothes at low prices.
And don’t worry about quality; these low-priced apparel have the same quality as the high-priced apparel. The only difference is that they are off-season.
Tip #3: Buy second-hand clothes
There are many benefits of buying second-hand clothes. One main reason is that second-hand clothes are cheaper than first-hand clothes. There are so many great second-hand stores out there. Great examples include Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and local shops in your locality.
The great thing about these places is that you can get quality clothes, say, barely worn jeans and tops. With second-hand clothes stores, you will enjoy treasure hunting and the thrill of getting great steals at very low prices.
Tip #4: Rent one time outfits
Another way to get the most bang for the buck is by renting one-time outfits. One-time outfits are great if you need a cloth or gown or suit to put on once, for a party or an event.
These outfits come at a hefty price if you buy them outrightly. Save on your money, borrow that fancy outfit from a friend or rent it at a fraction of the price.
Tip #5: Shop smartly with flash sales
Some online sites have limited-time flash sales where you can grab great discounts on designer brands for a limited time.
Although these limited offer flash sales are great, they can make you spend a lot because you want to buy many things. Their low price and limited shopping time window create a sense of urgency that triggers impulse buying. And this can make you spend more than you would have and buy clothes that you don’t need.
To avoid impulse buying, set a spending limit, and plan on what you will buy. If it’s jeans or dresses, then buy those. Stick to the plan.
Tip #6: Have a clothing wish list
Always keep a current list of clothing items you want or need. This will prevent impulse buying. So, every time you are shopping for clothes, you can look at your list to remind yourself of what you are looking for.
You can also use this method when shopping online. When you want a specific item, take the time to search for it on the internet, on different online and auction stores. When you come across them online on your favorite online shops and auctions, bookmark your favorite items and buy them when the store or brand has a discount sale.
Keeping to your list will help you get the best value for only the clothing you need.
Tip #7: Use coupons
Couponing does not only apply to food and groceries. If you are an extreme couponer, you can use this strategy to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for clothes.
You can automate your coupon clipping by installing a browser extension like Honey to track coupon codes for hundreds of retailers. And when you buy clothes whose total bill is high for you, you can use your coupons on your cart at checkout to bring your shopping expenses down.
You can also use couponcabin.com or retailmenot.com to search for coupon codes before making online purchases.
Tip #8: Analyze how the clothes look on you outside the dressing room
Make sure that all the clothes you buy look great on you. Otherwise, you may purchase an outfit that you think will look great on you, and when you reach home, the reality is different.
Tip: Don’t rely on the mirrors in the store’s dressing room to show you that the outfit looks great on you. Many clothing stores’ changing room mirrors manipulate your reflection. Store owners play with the lighting in the dressing rooms so that you appear fresher, tanner, or slimmer. They manipulate your mind to persuade you to buy.
To ensure that a specific outfit looks great on you, try modeling your clothes in mirrors in front of the store/outside the dressing room. These mirrors aren’t tampered with and will show you the reality of that outfit on you. You can also shop with a trusted friend. They will tell you the truth.
Tip #9: Apply and follow the cost per wear rule
Is the money you are planning to spend on a particular outfit worth it? Never spend too much on an outfit with little value.
How do you know that the price is worth spending or that the cloth has value?
Divide the price by the number of times you will likely wear the outfit. The more you are likely to wear a piece of cloth, the greater its value. For this reason, it is better to spend more money on quality all-season clothing than one-time outfits or trending pieces.
Tip #10: Avoid buying clothes labeled “dry clean only”
“Dry clean only” clothing comes with added costs. You will have to foot weekly or monthly dry cleaning bills if you buy them. So the best course of action is to buy clothes (with the same quality and high-end look) but are machine or hand washable. In doing this, you get the most out of your money.
Why spend more when you can spend less? The clothes’ shopping tricks will help make your shopping easier and help you get value for your money. For a memorable online shopping experience,