Shopping for Clothes on a Budget

For many people making ends meet is a problem. Often, they do not have much money left over, at the end of the month, for buying clothes. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to dress well even if you are living on a budget. Here are a few of my favourite tips.
Shop in the sales

Buying everything you need in the sales is the very best way to keep your clothing costs under control. A lot of retailers offer deep discounts, especially on Black Friday. This year, many stores will start their sales on Thursday evening and carry them on right through to Cyber Monday. However, you will want to get in early to secure the best bargains. Buying some of your Christmas presents in the Black Friday sales is another great way to save money. Potentially, you can take some of the cash you save and buy yourself a couple of nice new blouses or shirts.
Sign up for newsletters
Most retailers notify their regular customers of their sales. They also periodically offer them special discounts. You can usually find out about these in advance of most other people by signing up for their newsletters. The best approach is to set yourself up a separate email account to receive these notifications. That way your regular inbox will not be overrun with newsletters.
It can also help to keep you from being tempted to spend money on clothes you do not really need. The best approach is to wait until you need an item of clothing and consult your special email account to find out who is holding sales over the next few days. That way, you can look first at those stores.
Use discount and coupon websites
It also makes sense to sign up for a few discount and couponing websites. Use the same email account you use to receive newsletters from clothing retailers.
Re-purpose what you already own

It is always worth thinking about re-working items that you already own. With a few basic skills, you can radically change the way an item of clothing looks.
Even if you have no clue how to sew on a button or hem a skirt, do not let it hold you back because you can always learn. There are literally thousands of videos online that will show you everything you need to know. Learning something new is good for your mental and emotional health. Plus, sewing can be a huge amount of fun. To get you started, take a quick look at this post. It contains 7 exciting fashion projects, none of which require you to thread a needle to complete.
Shop in charity shops
If you do not already do so, pop into your local charity shop and see what is on offer. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to pick up great clothes for a fantastic price. Increasingly, mainstream retailers are giving their unsold stock away to charities, so some of the items may even be brand new. It is also a great place to pick up really cheap used clothes. These are perfect for practising your sewing and crafting skills on.


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