Clothes shopping can be great fun but do you often go over your budget? By following a few simple pieces of advice you can avoid doing this in the future.
Don’t Pay for the Brand Name
Why would you pay 2 or 3 times more for something which has a popular brand name on it? You will often find that cheaper version in High Street stores or supermarkets are of similar quality and virtually indistinguishable from designer goods. Go for comfort, style and price as your priorities, not the name on the label.
Do Buy Versatile Clothes
The more pieces of versatile clothing you have in your wardrobe the better. This is because it is easier to come up with a varied range of outfits this way. How often have you had a garment you have really wanted to wear but had nothing that went with it? This can lead to you having to go out and buy something extra you hadn’t budgeted for. Try and build up a wardrobe in which the different items complement each other as much as possible.
Don’t Buy a Lot of the Same Stuff
It is worth pointing out that the last point doesn’t mean that you buy a lot of the same stuff. You will soon get bored of wearing the same sort of clothing all the time. It is far better to have a varied selection of clothes which is suitable for a wide variety of occasions, weather and moods.
Do Check Out Second Hand Garments
There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying second hand clothes. In fact, this can be a fun and rewarding way to expand your wardrobe at low cost. Dedicated second hand clothes stores, charity shops and online sites are all great places to find cheap clothes. If you have some friends who also want to start spending less on their clothes then you could organise a trip to do some shopping in this way. This can be a big help because you can help each other find the best clothes from in among the stuff you wouldn’t want to wear.
Don’t Spend on Your Credit Card
Taking your credit card when you go clothes shopping is never a good idea. This is because it is all too tempting to spend more than you had budgeted for. Instead, you should set aside the money you plan to spend and only use this amount. Once you get into the habit of doing this you will find that it can be entertaining to go bargain hunting and make your money stretch as far as possible.
Do Buy Accessories
Having a selection of accessories at home is a cheap and effective way of spicing up your wardrobe. Instead of having to go out and buy new clothes for a different look you can just switch to different accessories. You can build these up over time, so don’t be in a rush to buy a huge amount right away.