Many may be familiar with the old saying ‘Use it up, make it do, wear it out or go without.’ Over the years, this has proven to be excellent advice. It helps to avoid impulse buying, one of the biggest pitfalls of thrifty fashion shopping.
How many times have we gone to the store looking for one new pair of slacks, and walked by a sale that really attracted our attention. We all have a tendency to stop and look through the selections, and almost invariably find something that looks too good to be true at a price too good to pass up. It may not match anything we own, it may not fit exactly right, it may not be comfortable to wear, but it was 80% off on clearance!
Most of us make grocery lists when we go to the supermarket to do our weekly shopping. It’s a good idea to make shopping lists when shopping for apparel and accessories, and stick to them. If we go with the intent of buying one pair of slacks, we have to make ourselves walk by all those alluring sales of items we really don’t need. Whenever possible, avoid impulse buying and use it up, make it do, wear it out or go without. Try to follow these suggestions when you shop:
- Avoid impulse buying; if you don’t need it, don’t buy it.
- Shop with a well thought out list, much as you do when you grocery shop.
- Compare sales and specials before leaving home.
- Always try on clothing before purchasing it.
- Keep receipts in case you need to return items.
- Never remove tags until you are sure you will keep the item.
- Don’t buy what you won’t wear simply because it is new and trendy.
- If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Use coupons and shopping passes whenever possible.
- Use Walmart’s and other stores’ price match guarantees.
- Use department store credit cards cautiously; next month you’ll have to pay them off.
- You may save by applying for a store credit card.
- Ask if a flawed item might be discounted when you check out.
- Do not shop on a whim; plan your trip, choosing the date, and the stores to visit.
- Shop end-of-season clearance sales for the lowest prices.
- Always ask about military, senior and other discounts.
- Use Reward Points, store ‘cash,’ and other store credits.
- Seniors watch for senior discount days to take advantage of extra discounts.
- Try shopping at consignment shops for incredible buys.
- Look through local thrift shops for thrifty fashion finds.
- Watch for neighborhood rummage sales, garage sales, and tag sales – there are always treasures to be found.
As always, happy thrifty fashion shopping~