According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends over $1,800 a year on clothing. This means a typical 5 person household spends on average close to a whopping $10,000 a year on clothing!
If your clothing costs are eating through your paycheck, you can definitely do better! Here are 12 ways you can bring down this cost, without skimping of course!
1. Shop Discounted Stores
Start by shopping at stores that have clothing at already discounted prices. These stores include Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Sierra Trading Post, and Ross. Stores like these sell overstocked and previous season goods from the big box stores, at a fraction of the price! Bonus: Shop the clearance racks of these stores to get a sale on top of a sale!
2. Classics Don't Go Out Of Style
Filling up your closet solely with trendy clothing might be tempting, but remember than trendy clothing have a short lifespan. Once your trendy skirt goes out of style, you won't want to look at it again. Try keeping a fine balance of trendy and classics, this way you always have something nice to wear.
3. Rent Clothing
Nope. you don't need to buy that custom wedding gown you're going to only wear once! So rent it! Not only will it be much cheaper, it will also save you much needed space in your closet! Just don't rent clothing you will definitely be wearing more than once.
4. Sell your Old Clothes
An easy way to finance your new clothing purchases is to sell clothing you no longer wear. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to sell your used clothing on sites like Poshmark (use invite code "dealperx" for $10 off your first purchase) and eBay! You can even sell clothing you purchased as final sale but decided not to wear!
5. Buy Quality Clothing
It might be very tempting to buy cheap clothing, because after all, it doesn't cost much. But make sure not to skimp on the quality of the clothing, as doing so may cost you more in the long run. Cheap clothing tends to wear out a lot quicker than quality clothing. Instead of buying cheap clothing, try to buy quality clothing, on sale.
6. Be Thrifty
It's 2020 and vintage is IN! Shopping in consignment stores can not only get you a great deal, but can also yield styles that you won't find elsewhere! Very often you'll find new items with the original tags on them. Just make sure the items aren't stained or damaged.
7. Buy Machine Washable Clothing
You may be lucky to find some cheap beautiful clothing, only to realize later that the tag states "Dry Clean Only". Dry Cleaner bills definitely add up, and should be attributed towards the cost of the garment. Very often you can find a similar garment that can be machine washed at home for free. Wrinkle free shirts are a great example of this! Now that's extra money in your pocket!
8. Don't hang, Fold
Certain clothing like sweaters and knits tend to stretch out when being hung on a hanger. This can ruin your clothing without you realizing it. Instead, try to fold your clothing. This will help keep your clothing's shape and form, and look it's best.
Once in a while you'll find a beautiful dress only to notice that it has a small, easy to remove stain. Or, a missing button. Don't be afraid to ask for a discount on such items, especially if the item in hand is the last one in stock. You can usually shave off a couple bucks doing this, and very often it can cost you nothing to fix on your own.
10. Shop Out of Season
No, you don't need a fur hooded winter coat in the summer, but that's the point! Any overstock merchandise that a store has left over from the previous season is a waste of space on the showroom floor. Stores want to get rid of this old stock asap in order to make room for the new stock. And you guessed right, they heavily discount these items. So for the best deal, buy summer clothes at the the END of the summer, and winter clothes at the END of the winter.
11. Wash Responsibly
When washing your clothes at home, it's always good to keep in mind that the more frequent the item is washed, the faster it will deteriorate. Try to keep your clothes clean, to keep washes to a minimum. Also, clothing like pants can be turned inside out to help them from getting worn out in the wash. Additionally, cold water washes are less damaging than hot water.
12. Shop Clearance Sales
Pretty much every online store has a clearance section that is home to awesome deals! These clothing deals can sometimes be up to 80% off of the regular price. Using the shop filters, you can narrow down which categories and sizes you want, helping you find your fancy, faster. Additionally, some websites have an option to sort by "percentage off", allowing you to see the items with the deepest discounts first.
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