10 ways to cut the cost of clothes shopping
- Which? reveals 10 tips for cutting the cost of clothes
- Smart ways to get discount designer clothes
- How to find bargains on the high street and online
1. Take advantage of vouchers
Whether you’re shopping online or on the high street, it’s possible you could save money at the click of a mouse. Specialist discount and voucher websites such as MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, VoucherCodes.co.uk and HotUKDeals.com all provide discount codes you can enter when buying things over the web, as well as click-and-print vouchers you can take with you when you go shopping. You could save a percentage off your total spend, get money off specific items or bag free delivery when ordering clothes online.
2. Check out discount stores and outlets
Outlet shops like those at MacArthur Glen villages, and discount stores such as TX Maxx, offer fashion and homeware items from well-known brands at cut prices – perfect for label lovers who need to save money. You could save up to 60% off branded goods, but remember you’ll need to sharpen your elbows before you go shopping: competition for the best bargains is often fierce, and there is usually a limited supply of popular lines.
3. Find discounted designer clothes online
If you prefer to shop for designer duds from the comfort of your own sofa, there are several websites that could help you save. TheOutnet.com is from the team behind Net-a-Porter.com, and carries an array of discounted designer clothes and accessories from top brands. Meanwhile, sign up to become a member of a community-only shopping site like Cocosa.com, SecretSales.com or Koodos.com to get information about exclusive online sales of cut-price designer items.
4. Visit eBay’s outlet stores
Several well-known high street brands have recently opened online outlet stores through eBay, the auction website. House of Fraser, Office, Ugg and Ted Baker are among the names you’ll find there, with some items available at buy-it-now prices and others simply on sale to the highest bidder.
5. Consider clothes swapping
Buying brand new items isn’t the only way to give your wardrobe an update: clothes swapping has become an increasingly popular way to breathe life back into your look. Swishing.org lists nationwide clothes swapping events, while websites such as BigWardrobe.com and Swop2shop.co.uk allow you to trade your unwanted items for other people’s. You could also consider hosting your own clothes swapping party with friends; a fun, cheap alternative to a Saturday morning at the shops!
6. Borrow, don’t buy
If you’re a lady with a big event coming up - but can’t justify spending big money on your outfit - consider hiring a posh frock rather than buying one. Websites such as GirlMeetsDress.com and MyCelebrityDress.com allow you to wear the dress of your dreams for a night, at a fraction of the retail price.
7. Go retro
It’s worth remembering that vintage clothes are still very much in vogue. Charity shops can be treasure troves for bargain hunters, while specialist retro stores specialise in trendy items you could never find on the high street. What’s more, going retro isn’t only likely to save you money – it’s kinder to the planet, too.
8. Shop smart at the sales
Sale shopping is all very well, but don’t get carried away by the discounts on offer. It’s easy to spend more than you intended when items are reduced, so go to the sales armed with a list of things you need and a strict budget in mind. You could even consider leaving your debit and credit cards at home and spending cash instead, if you’re really worried you can’t trust your resolve.
9. Focus on care and repair
Failing to look after garments properly is a sure-fire way to reducing their lifespan – so it’s important to read your clothes’ care instructions and follow them. Handwashing delicate items in appropriate detergent and washing clothes at the correct temperature will help keep them looking pristine. Meanwhile, learning to make basic repairs to damaged clothes will prevent them from turning into cast-offs. YouTube has a wealth of videos demonstrating everything from how to sew on a button to repairing damaged seams and binding hems.
10. Shop for clothes and accessories online
Finally, if you’re prone to feeling under pressure when clothes shopping, consider window shopping for items on the high street and then buying online. If you get something home from the high street and don’t like it, you have no legal right to take it back – so momentary lapses of reason could prove costly! On the other hand, under Distance Selling Regulations you have the right to reject goods ordered online simply because you’ve decided you don’t want them.