Budgeting Tricks For New Clothes
Budgeting for new clothing has to include money saving strategies that work. Usually a budget of any kind entails staying within parameters that allow the budget to work as planned. Shopping for clothes can be an expensive process that can quickly eat away a budget. It doesn't have to be that way if the right strategies are incorporated with each and every shopping venture.
Before getting down to the nitty-gritty specifics of shopping tactics with a budget in mind, acquiring basic clothing essentials that are usable from year to year is one way of eliminating costlier purchases. Basic clothing items are what stabilize a wardrobe and a budget, and they can even be found at the right prices if a little sales shopping ingenuity is part of the plan.
Some essential clothing items that can offset spending for a woman include classic pieces that show up on almost any wardrobe basics list, such as a white button down shirt, a denim jacket, a little black dress, an a line skirt, as well as skinny jeans, striped tee's, ballet flats, classic pumps, cross-body handbags, blazers, trench coats, and classic sunglasses.
Where to Shop
Budget-minded clothes shopping should start at consignment shops, thrift stores, garage sales, online stores, other stores and retailers that offer clothing at discounted prices, which often includes everyday markdowns and sale prices that are offered at certain times of the year.
Shopping at thrift stores, consignment shops and related stores may seem like a waste of time, but when people dispose of barely used, high-end clothing it is worthwhile to see what is available. You might have to spend time looking through items, but if you find something that works, it can be a real budget saver, particularly when items are 50 to 75 percent lower than retail prices.
Quality over Lower Cost
When budgeting for new clothes, you want to find brand name clothing items that are made well and stand the test of time. You save more in the long run with quality clothing as opposed to lower cost clothing that falls apart at the first wearing or washing.
You can look for a number of features with clothing that is well-made. The stitching is better, seams are straight, pattern match-ups are exact and the fabric is of good quality. Natural fiber fabrics will last longer, like wool, linen, and cotton. Avoid synthetic and polyester fabrics. Go by these different checks before buying any clothing whether it's in a consignment shop or an expensive clothing store. You'll soon be able to recognize the value and budget saving costs in quality made clothing.
Maintaining clothing is another way to stay within a budget, and it doesn't take a lot of effort to follow recommendations for care on clothing labels and tags. Follow the directions, and if there aren't any, go online and find out how to wash or care for clothing items. It's easy to skip clothing care in the midst of piles of laundry, but it's another way to budget effectively.
One strategy for maintaining clothing is to have a printed guideline that shows exactly how to care for certain kinds of clothing. Other techniques include limiting dryer usage (with the exception of heavier underwear and socks), using a clothesline to avoid the fabric breakdown and wear that a dryer creates and using a front load type washing machine as it is easier on clothes. Also, with sturdier clothing like jeans, only wash them when they really are dirty. With just a few of these suggestions, clothing life can be extended and a budget maintained.
Buy Opposite Seasons
When you buy clothing in off-seasons, prices are considerably lower as stores are marking down high quality merchandise to get ready for the next season. Summer clothing can be bought in the fall and winter clothing in the spring. Opposite season clothing purchases can make a world of difference in maintaining a budget.
A clothing budget can stay within its boundaries when there is a limit on the size of a wardrobe. Accumulate a certain number of clothing items in categories and only replace an item when it is no longer usable. As an example, maintain so many white shirts, t-shirts, jeans, skirts and other staple clothing items. When it comes to replacing one of them, watch for sales and check with consignment and thrift shops as well before making a replacement purchase.
Stay True to Size
It's nice to aspire to a new and smaller size in clothing, but buying clothing that doesn't fit now is not a good idea budget-wise. Concentrate on spending clothing funds on useful items, not maybes.
Budgeting for new clothes can be a streamlined process if the strategies outlined here are incorporated in a regular clothes shopping routine. There are savings to be made and dressing well can still be a reality, even in the confines of a budget.
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