I have a confession to make: when I buy new clothing, I have to wear it as soon as possible. I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit that I’ve changed into my new duds before leaving the mall, and once or twice, in my car. A couple of years ago, I realized that by buying clothes in season (to wear them ASAP) I was paying the highest prices for things that would inevitably be marked down. It took a while, but now I’ve trained myself to shop off-season for all kinds of stuff, from swimsuits to riding boots.
Here are my four best tips on how to save money on clothes by shopping off-season.
1. Look for Clutter in Your Wardrobe
Before I go on a major shopping trip, I take a day to clean out my closet and donate what I don’t wear. I have a hard time letting go of things; I mean, I’m still wearing the sweet jean jacket I got in 8th grade. However, it’s a good idea to go through your closet twice a year and take stock of your clothing. This way, you know what you need to purchase several months in advance.
2. Make a Year-Long Shopping List
After I’ve taken stock of my closet situation, I make a list of all the items my closet is lacking. Of course, there will always be some curve balls, but for the most part I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to need for the coming year. There are so many benefits to making a list of future purchases: I’ve found that I become more mindful of my spending, and end up spending less on frivolous items. Turns out, I didn’t really have as many opportunities to wear that gold sequined romper as I originally thought I would!
3. Make a Date to Shop Off-Season
Once I’ve got my shopping list, I whip out an old school giant desk calendar, and mark when I’ll start looking for the items on my list. Believe it or not, all retail items have an off-season, especially clothing and shoes – meaning there are times of the year when certain purchases will be discounted or majorly marked down. Most are obvious – look for winter clothing and shoes when spring items starting hitting the shelves. Similarly, you’ll want to snap up summer stuff as soon as there is a nip in the air.
4. Shop Online for the Best Clothing Deals
All that unsold seasonal merchandise has to go somewhere once it is taken off store shelves. Often, those items end up online, where they aren’t restricted to off-season price reductions – they’re sold all year long for major discounts since they’re no longer sold in store.
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How Do You Save Money on Clothes?
Buying clothes in the off-season is a great way to stretch your budget, especially if you just can’t seem to save money no matter how hard you try. There are many different ways to save money on clothes, but this is just one of my favorites. I want to hear about yours! Share your tips with us in the comments section below!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a pair of riding boots with my name on them I’ve got to check out during my lunch break!