The quest for a great outfit isn’t just about being fashion forward, it’s also about function and fulfilling basic needs. Ideally you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other just because of price! There are many ways you can save more the next time you need to shop for clothes. Read on for insider tips to help you shop smarter!
Know When to Shop
Time of Year
In recent years, the American tradition of Black Friday shopping has become a phenomenon amongst consumers. These once-a-year deals appear to be so exclusive, it’s no wonder Black Friday has become one of the largest shopping days of the year. However, these deals are actually not as exclusive as you think. While there are certainly major deals to be had, recent studies show that there are times of the year when clothing prices are even lower. The same discounts, if not better ones, are available in early January, when people are still bouncing back from holiday spending, and in late June, when more families are spending money on travel.1
Timing the Best Price
If you’re looking to purchase a specific item, there are a few strategies you can employ to get it for the best price. You can set up an item alert through tools like Hukkster. They’ll send you a notification via email or push notification (mobile only) when your particular item goes on sale. Additionally, it’s common for retailers to use marketing techniques to get you to complete purchases. These include things like emailing you a promo code after you’ve filled a cart full of items but didn’t complete the purchase process. Put the items you like in your cart and then leave the site early and wait 24 hours to see if they try to convince you with a coupon!
Inventory Turn Over
While you’ll find more unique clothing at boutique stores, it comes at a cost. However, that may also work to your benefit when it comes to making space for new items. See if you can find out what day the inventory turns over — when more clothes will be moved to the sale or clearance rack to get them sold.
Consciously plan to shop for clothes you need during the off season. Retailers will often be pressured to make room for winter sweaters and thermals before the season starts, so toward the end of the summer, they’ll put their warm-weather clothes on a steep discount. While you may not be able to wear the clothes right away (though you could always layer up!), you’ll be good to go with a fresh wardrobe when spring and summer roll around the following year.
Know Where to Shop
If the Item You Wanted Is Sold Out
Check eBay and set up a “save search.” If the item you desperately wanted is sold out or very hard to find, search the brand or style name on eBay and click the link at the top of the page that says “save search.” From there, you’ll get the option to subscribe to email notifications so you’ll always know when a new listing comes up for your desired item.
Check Prices Before You Commit
A little savings here and there can really add up over time. Before you commit to buying an item of clothing, use PriceGrabber to make sure you’re getting the best price for the item you want. PriceGrabber is a comprehensive price comparison tool that can tell you whether or not you’re getting what you want for the best price, including extra factors like shipping and tax!
Know How to Shop
Coupons on Coupons
Coupons are the most common way to save, but knowing where to find them when you need them (rather than when they are given to you) can be a challenge. There are a few ways to access the coupons for what you need, when you need them:
- co.uk: Search for free voucher codes and discounts by the name of the store you need. The site allows for comments so you can see how many people were successful with the codes and how many people used them.
- Honey: This free Chrome extension crawls the internet for codes that can work for your purchase. When you’re at the checkout page, press the Honey button in your navigation bar to see what codes you can apply for discounts, free shipping and more.
- Ebates: A coupon site and cash-back bonus site rolled into one, Ebates is the ultimate accompaniment to any online shopping experience. Similar to VoucherCodes, Ebates will share coupon codes for big savings. On top of that, they pay you to shop at the stores you have already planned on shopping at. Just by visiting Ebates before navigating to the site you need, you’ll get a percentage of cash back. You get paid to shop!
Plan Ahead for Savings
Sometimes it’s easier to let the deals come to you. Sign up for the emailing list of your favourite and frequented stores. Even if you don’t need clothes the minute you get the email, tuck it away in a folder in case a need arises. That way you don’t have to go searching for promo codes.
1Mattioli, D. (8 October 2012). The myth of the black Friday deal. Retrieved 12 April 2017, from https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10000872396390443615804578042700772445448