As I’ve decided to spend my time and money on experiences instead of materialistic things, I’ve cut down on shopping in 2016. My aim for 2017 is to be even more frugal, although I’m not looking to pinch on my style – I just want to make better choices. Because it’s important to spend your money wisely, here are my tips on how to save money on shopping for clothes.
01. FIND YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
The quote above is from Coco Chanel and I couldn’t agree more. When you find out what suits you, shopping becomes much easier. I now realize that I can love certain pieces, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I have to buy them. If something doesn’t suit my wardrobe, there’s no way I’m going to get much use out of it.
02. INVEST IN QUALITY
There’s a huge debate on fast fashion at the moment and I admit to have been a lover of fast fashion. After downsizing my wardrobe and wearing the same clothes over-and-over I found that a lot of them don’t last for more than a couple of wears. So therefore, one of my missions is to invest more in quality items.
03. SAVE ON TRENDY PIECES
Some pieces (hi there, metallic knit top) tend to be trendy pieces. I like to invest in timeless clothes and skimp on the trendy ones. This way, when I get bored of a trend, I can easily swap it for something else without having to break the bank.
04. COST PER WEAR
I know a lot of people use cost per wear as way to justify extravagant purchases. That is actually not a wise move if you’re looking to save money. Nevertheless, keeping cost per wear in mind is actually a great thing to do. I would happily spend money on the pair of shoes I wear to work everyday.
05. VINTAGE SHOPPING
One way to save money on clothes shopping, get great quality and be environmentally friendly is to shop at secondhand stores. I used to shop at a local secondhand shop, but after it closed I haven’t found another one. Finding new spots is definitely on my list.
06. SHOP ONLINE
I can spend hours making wish lists and filling up shopping carts at various online stores. But what I really love about online shopping, is that it’s a quiet, stress-free and manageable experience. There’s no rush and I can carefully deliberate if an item is in fact an addition to my wardrobe.
07. CASH-BACK PROGRAMS
I recently discovered cash-back programs. My favourite is Ebates, there are a lot of shops affiliated and it’s easy to use. You simply add a plugin to your browser and press a button as soon as you shop online. You can get anywhere from 1% up to 40% of your purchase back and you get paid directly on your PayPal account. If you want to join Ebates, please use this link: join Ebates (I will get a commission, thank you for your support).
Do you plan to save money on shopping for clothes? And if you do, what are things you do or plan to do?