Studies estimate that the UK average spends at least £43.88 every day on clothes, which is £526.50 yearly. However, you shouldn’t spend more than 5% of your income on clothes. That means if you earn £3000 per month, only £150 of it should go to the budget. Is this the case? Admittedly, most women all over the world spend more than it’s necessary buying clothes.
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Impulse buying is a problem most are yet to learn how to control, and with technology making shopping more convenient, many find they spend more than they should every month on clothes. Sadly, most of the clothes they buy end up filling the closets, and the lucky ones worn once or twice then forgotten. How do you ensure you spend less on clothes but still look good?
Buy Items on Sale
Big stores selling designer and expensive clothes hold annual sales to sell most of the items at insanely low prices. An item retailing at £500 can have a sale value of £150 or half the price. Follow big stores or your favourite outlets to know when they have a sale or offer. For instance, the ongoing Sweatershop’s St. Patricks’ Day sale is a chance to get special offers on quality and stylish clothes for the whole family. If you are looking for a gift, visit the store before the sale ends.
On the same note, find coupons that guarantee you more discounts as you shop online. Use a coupon finding app to help you locate one fast.
Shop Out of Season
If it’s the winter season, you’ll find most stores have elegant displays of winter clothes. Everyone will be thinking of warm clothes making demand and price go up. If you check the racks for summer clothes, they’ll probably be going for much less because not many people need light garments in cold weather.
To take advantage of this, always know the clothes you’ll need for the coming season.
Make a List of What You Need
Regularly go through your closet and check what you need to give away or return to the store. You may be buying a lot of clothes but not enough of a specific type. For instance, you may be buying a lot of tops but not enough bottoms. As you check your clothes, make a list of what you need. It’ll give you an idea of what to buy the next time you go on a shopping spree.
Buy from Thrift Stores
As you’ll discover, thrift stores stock good quality but second-hand items that cost way less than new items. If you take time when shopping in a thrift store, you’ll find high-quality pieces for much less than you would in an ordinary store. Most of the clothes in a thrift store have sparingly been used, meaning that they are still in excellent condition. Make sure to understand the difference between a vintage store and a thrift store. A vintage store also sells second hand but designer wear at a higher price than a thrift store.
To avoid impulse buying, ask yourself if you need what you are about to buy. Take several days to think about shopping. Most of the time, the urge to shop will pass.