New year, new you, right? You’ve decided you’re going to dress smartly from now on and look your best. You also decided to be more frugal and save money.
How is it possible to do both? Can you save money and still dress well? Of course. In fact, it will be much more fun and gratifying to have a new wardrobe and personal style while saving money at the same time.
In this article, you’ll find a few ways that you can start dressing better and save money while looking great.
Shop at the right time
There are times of the year when there are always going to be sales. After Christmas is the most obvious time. Then there are the weeks around the change of seasons when sales happen so retailers can move old inventory to make way for the next season.
If you time your shopping right, you can buy new clothes for a fraction of the price. From discount trainers to high end dresses, there is a lot of money to be saved by patiently waiting for sales.
Sell what you aren’t wearing
That dress that has been hanging in the closet and hasn’t been worn in over a year is a prime target. Sell it and anything else that you don’t like or just simply don’t wear anymore.
You can put them up for sale in a car boot sale, sell them to a thrift store or try your hand at Ebay to get rid of them.
Then take the proceeds and shop with that. It’s like free money that doesn’t need to come out of your paycheck and ruin your strict budget.
Shop at thrift stores
Speaking of thrift stores and consignment shops, there are some real finds to be had by shopping there. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Those clothes you didn’t want will likely end up here just as somebody else has done the same.
You’ll find gently worn clothing at a fraction of what they are worth. If you are radically changing your style then this is the ideal way to fill your closet with your new look.
Retailers often have their discounted items up for sale on their online store. When last year’s fashion takes up too much space on their racks at the brick and mortar store, you can often find them online.
Some online retailers even have alerts that you can sign up for to know when there is a sale happening so you don’t miss out on any bargains.
Swap with friends
An interesting party to throw is a clothes swap. Invite friends to bring clothes they no longer wear to your house and then have a trade.
It will be fun to try on some clothes that you wouldn’t have thought about and then haggle to see if you can get it without giving too much away! This will definitely be a unique way to get your friends together and can happen several times per year.