It's been quite a while since I've spent any considerable amount of money on clothing. Some of this is because I'm a software engineer and it's perfectly normal to wear an old T-shirt. (One person in my office has a T-shirt from a sporting event 20 years ago that I'd really like to forget.) However, if you need to maintain some kind of appearance it doesn't mean that you have to break the bank. Here are some ideas I had on how to save money on clothing:
- Buy clothes at a discount store. I know this is obvious, but some people overlook it. I used to buy stuff at Macy's, but I've found that TJ Maxx has better deals if you are willing to do a little more hunting and pecking. I find the search for new clothing fun. Once again, I know I'm weird. You might also want to check out Marshall's and maybe Ross or Kohl's, but I never seemed to have as much luck there.
- Consider buying "pre-worn" clothes at thrift stores. I say consider because many people have an extreme aversion to this. On the other hand, other people consider vintage clothing to be a great style.
- If you travel in circles where everyone has designer threads, there are savings to be found at Bluefly.com. If you aren't careful you can still spend a pretty penny there, but in general it should be a lot cheaper than usual.
- Buy clothes off-season. I often buy my summer clothes in August/September and my winter clothes in February/March. There are many discounts to be had as merchants try to free up shelf space.
- From my wife: If you think your clothing might possibly shrink don't put it in the dryer. She says that anything cheap is a danger here.
- Another one from my wife: Borrow clothing from a friend. Of course you need to have friends of similar sizes to take full advantage of the swap.
- From Lazy Man and Health: Maintain a healthy weight. If you pack on a pile of pounds, you'll out-grow all the clothing you currently have. You'll also be spending money on food and, very likely, health procedures later on in life - but that's a topic for another day.
- Search for coupon codes online before you pay. There are plenty of promotion codes available online which can easily save your money. For example, I'm told that in the UK, EverydaySale is a good site to find those codes.
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