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How To Buy Hot Lingerie on a Budget

Updated on October 13, 2009

Not all lingerie has to be made from pure gold...

Everyone likes to look nice and feel good in lingerie, but sometimes the cost of it is prohibitive. The really good stuff is really quite expensive, and the really cheap stuff is enough to make you break out in a rash just looking at it. So what is a lover of lingerie to do? Why, simply use your wiles to get the best value.

Wash With Care

One way to save money is to simply buy the cheaper lingerie and take very good care of it. If you hand wash it, it will extend its life, prevent the pilling, elastic breakage and other problems that plague cheaper lingerie. Hand washing it can become something of a zen experience in which you bond more closely with your lingerie, and that can never be a bad thing.

Sales

Obviously, buying on sale is the best way to buy lingerie. It's obvious, but if I don't put it here then it's as if it never occurred to me and the list would be incomplete.

Buy In Bulk

If you find several items you like, or one item you like in several different colors, buying in bulk to take advantage of a discount is not a bad thing. As I'll be expounding on later in this piece, lingerie brands discontinue items with all the aplomb of a four year old with a new Barbie doll, so there is a very good chance that you won't be able to find the same style in a year, or even next time you come to the store.

Rewards Programs

This is a case of doing what I preach, not what I practice. Joining up for endless rewards programs can be tedious, but if you regularly buy several items of lingerie every year, you might want to consider joining any rewards clubs available. Benefits usually range from discounted items, to special members only nights and sales.

End of Lines

As many lingerie aficionados know, lingerie lines don't last forever. Oftentimes they finish within a single season. The reason for this is a little beyond my grasp, as it prevents people from being able to buy the same brassiere they loved when they bought it last year, but there must be some method to their madness, and there is certainly an upside for those looking for lingerie on the cheap. End of line items will usually be made available for a significantly discounted price. You don't need to go down to your local lingerie store to find these items either, online lingerie retailers also have end of line sales, and they are perhaps the best place to get good quality lingerie at rock bottom prices.

Do you have any tips for buying lingerie without spending a fortune? Share them below! (Schemes involving kidnapping and blackmail are generally frowned upon.)


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    • Gr8legs profile image

      Gr8legs 

      8 years ago

      Another good option is factory outlet stores. I recently took my girlfriend to one such place I frequent and she couldn't believe it when I bought her an Elle Macpherson bra/pantie set for less than you'd normally pay for just the panties ($40 AU for the lot).

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      Mr Girl Dickey 

      9 years ago

      I have built quite the collection of intimate apparel through the local thrift stores. A lot of times, I have found name brand name items in brand new condition (look at the tag to see what condition it is in - if it looks new, it usually is). Thrift stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) generally don't charge over $5.00 for most things, and will systematically mark them down to reduce their inventory (look at their signs when entering the store). I like to shop on weeknights just before closing when there aren't as many shoppers.

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      Good tips Steve, nobody wins a lingerie bidding war...

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      Gunnau 

      9 years ago from Central Coast NSW Australia

      G'Day Hope

      Another great auction site in Australia \ NZ is Oztion.com.au

      I've picked up a few bargains with a lot less chance of a bidding war.

      check em out.

      Steve

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      Hey Jakkie, I am glad you find the articles useful.. I intend to continue producing them for some time yet :)

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      Jakkie 

      9 years ago

      As a closet crossdresser, I really appreciate the information in your hubs. If I have a general question about lingerie, I can usually find the answer in one of your posts, which keeps me from having to ask others.

      Thanks to some of your posts, I am broadening my understanding and selection of feminine apparel.

      Keep the information coming.

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      Mayyyte. Maayyyyyte. Have a meal mayte, mayte.

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      Cantsay 

      9 years ago

      Re your post last week about being female and the buzz about whether you are or not? I asked where you are geographically and you said you had colonial ties. Judging by the time of your posts here I reckon that must mean Australia or my homeland - NZ. G'day Hope :P

      I reckon another good place to pick up bargain lingerie is eBay, and other auction sites. TradeMe in NZ is great, for anyone reading this in NZ.

      You can get some real bargains, and if you're a shy man wanting knickers, no face-to-face to worry about. Simply go browsing around your local store, pop home and look up the items you just saw at the shop on eBay, viola!

      That said, I also use a vast array of online stores, zodee.com.au and figleaves.com are good. I have about 40 online stores I visit regularly and if you sign up for their newsletters they'll also tell you when they have sales on - perfect.

      Happy shopping I say! :)

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