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Shopping for Clothes on a Tight Budget

Updated on January 16, 2012
Shopping for clothes doesn't have to be expensive
Shopping for clothes doesn't have to be expensive | Source

Do you find the quality of your wardrobe dwindling as the years go on? Are you putting off replacing your old, worn out clothing because you simply don't have the money to spend? Clothes shopping doesn't have to be as budget-breaking as you think it is. There are plenty of ways for you to ditch your outdated clothes, without burning a hole in your wallet while you're at it. Here are some easy tips that will help you drop minimal cash in exchange for great new fashions.

Know Where to Go

Saving money on clothes shopping begins with choosing the right store. Chances are, there's a store near you that offers current fashions for less money. Ross and Marshall's are both great examples. These stores both sell name-brand clothes and accessories for considerably less than you will find anywhere else. For you Fashionista types, I think these stores will be a great fit for you, and your budget.

Burlington Coat Factory is another great one. They have everything anyone could possibly need in terms of clothing, and it's amazingly cheap. Just recently, I was able to buy my entire supply of summer clothing for under $50. Yes, it can be done.

Now, if you don't mind previously-owned clothing, or if you've got an eye for vintage, check out your local thrift store. It may be a little smelly, but you'll score some adorable finds for even less than you would at the stores I mentioned above. Besides, washing it will remove the smell of its previous owner, and pairing it with your favorite necklace or belt will make it truly yours.

Buy Clearance

When I do my clothes shopping, I always start at the back of the store, and work my way to the front. Why, you ask? It's because the clearance racks are usually located at the back of the store.

Always begin with the clearance racks. I bet you'll find something great there for a measly few dollars. Some of the items you will find on clearance might be out of season, certain sizes that didn't sell well, a style that wasn't particularly popular, or even an item with some sort of flaw. Even so, your chances of finding a few items that work for you make it worth the look.

If there's still something you need when you've finished perusing the clearance items, then move on to the rest of the store. Using this method when shopping for new clothes will help you save money.

Shop Online

Shopping on the internet is another way to find some good deals on clothing. The internet allows you to compare one store's prices with another. It gives you the ability to quickly and easily shop around for the best price before you buy from one retailer. Use this to your advantage. If you have your eye on a specific item, do your research to see if you can find it cheaper somewhere else.

Sometimes stores will offer online shoppers a special sale price. It may be beneficial for you to check out the online store before you visit the actual location. They may be offering a great sale online that you won't find in-store.


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    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Great tips! Saving money is never a a bad idea. Clearance racks have become my best shopping friend over the years.

    • Kristen Haynie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Haynie 

      7 years ago from Modesto, CA


      I failed to mention the use of coupons, and that's a biggie. Thanks for adding that one. I appreciate the feedback, and your tip!

    • Jeannieinabottle profile image

      Jeannie InABottle 

      7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are all very helpful tips. I am a sucker for clothing stores that send out coupons. If you use them on sale items, you can save a lot. Great hub and voted up!


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