When money is tight, your wardrobe is often one of the first places that you are likely to cut back. Just because you still need to purchase new clothes doesn’t need mean you have to spend a small fortune. Whether you scan thrift stores or check out online auction sites, you might be surprised at just what you can find even with the smallest of budgets.
Online Auction Sites
- Online auction sites offer the flexibly of online shopping with the opportunity to pick up inexpensive fashion pieces. Both new and used clothes are sold on online auction sites, with many items starting at around $1. Auction sites are useful places to clear out your closet and make some cash back on items of clothing you no longer like. Make sure you know your measurements before bidding, because not all sellers offer refunds. Check shipping costs before placing a bid.
- Thrift and vintage stores offer some quirky, retro pieces, and many items are cheap. Vintage sizing often is smaller than today’s sizing, so try clothes on before purchasing. Don’t dismiss bargain items that are a little too big. A friend who likes to sew or local seamstress may be able to take in a dress or shorten a hem for a small charge.
Savvy Sales Shopping
- Pick up end-of-season clothing during the sales. Don’t fall into the common shopping trap of buying tons of items that you’ll never wear just because they are cheap. Shop smartly if you want to get real value for money. Look out for classic cuts and colors that will last season after season. Leave the fad, trend-led pieces behind. Make a list of items you need before entering the store, and shop only for items from your list.
- Cheap clothes may be your goal, but it’s also possible to get clothes for free. Hold a clothes swap party with friends or family members if you want accumulate new clothes and get rid of your old ones. Ask friend to bring four or five items that she is prepared to swap. That way, you can shop from each other’s closets without spending a dime.