They say nothing last forever, and that’s certainly true when it comes to clothing. At least, that’s been my experience. My favorite wardrobe items always wear out first simply because I wear them the most. Over time they become thin and threadbare from frequent wear and washings. I’m sure the same is probably true for you as well.
Clothing items can also snag, rip on accident, or no longer fit if you change in size.
Regardless of the reason, clothing must be replaced from time to time, which can be expensive. Fortunately, there are ways you can replace clothing or update your wardrobe for less money. Here are some ways to save on new clothing for the whole family.
1. Watch for Sales
One of the most popular ways to save on new clothing is by watching for clothing sales. Obviously this is a great way to spend less on clothes for the whole family.
Start by becoming an email subscriber of your favorite clothing stores. You’ll receive online catalogs and notifications of sales and special deals to help you save on new clothing all year.
2. Use Strategy
When shopping online, I use a little strategy, and you can too. Place items in your cart on the first day of the sale, but don’t check out right away. Instead, wait a day or more, depending on the length of the sale (of course, translate that to hours if it’s a one day sale).
Often, a day or two later, you’ll receive store emails that include free shipping, additional discounts, or other incentives. Taking advantage of these opportunities helps you save on new clothing for the whole family.
3. Don’t Pay for Shipping
I absolutely hate paying for shipping on the clothing and other items that I buy. I’d much rather apply that money toward something I can use.
But buying clothing online or by catalog usually means you’ll have to pay a shipping fee. Unfortunately, shipping prices these days can be quite high.
My tip is to only buy when you need more than one item. Bundling your clothing purchases allows you to save on shipping. It may also help you meet free shipping minimums to help you save even more.
However, you must use caution not to get sucked into buying something you don’t really need. It’s easy to buy “just one more thing” in order to meet shipping minimums. This can lead to overspending your budget.
4. Get Loyalty Cards
Some merchants use loyalty cards or other frequent shopper programs. If you shop at certain stores often, ask if they have a loyalty program. It never hurts to ask, and you might save on new clothing purchases as a result.
5. Look for Coupons and Codes
Text codes, email discount codes, and coupons are other ways to save on new clothing for yourself or your family. Additionally, mailed catalogs may contain codes or savings promotions to help you save more when you clothes shop.
6. Use Cash Back Rewards
Do you shop using cash or a credit card to buy clothing? If you aren’t great at handling credit cards, it’s usually better to use cash when paying for your purchases.
But when used responsibly, you can use credit cards to your advantage. If you get cash back rewards on your cards, use that money to help you save on new clothing.
Just remember, to avoid high interest payments, you need to pay these balances off each month. Otherwise, high interest charges will inflate the cost of your clothing and make your clothing cost much more.
7. Apply Gifted Points
Some clothing stores allow you to use points someone else has given to you. This is one more great way to save on new clothing for yourself or your family.
Let’s say you have a friend who makes a random clothing buy and receives loyalty points they won’t use. If the store allows your friend to gift the points to you, you may save on your own clothing purchase.
Summing it Up
Certainly, buying new clothing isn’t cheap, but there are ways you can save on new clothing. Personally, I keep my shopping to a minimum, whether I buy new or used. Also, I don’t own tons of clothing items. In fact, my husband has more clothing than I do!
However, I won’t do without buying at least a few new clothing items each year. I’ve personally used each of these tactics at one time or another to save money on brand new clothing for my whole family. You can use them too and save on new clothing for yourself and your own family.
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Do you usually buy new clothing? Have you used some of these ideas to save on new clothing?