Buying clothes on a budget – what you need to remember

31 07 2013


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It might not always feel like it, but summer is finally upon us – and that means we’re all looking to dress to impress. However, you might have noticed that the contents of your wardrobe are looking a bit tired and tatty; so it might be time to get out there and buy some new clothes. It has to be said, though, that many of us are struggling a bit financially at the moment. You may think, therefore, that buying new maxi-dresses and clothes would be one extravagance too many. Luckily, this needn’t be the case.

You’ll no doubt be relieved to learn that it is possible to stay on trend even if you’re trying to operate to a relatively tight budget – as many of us are at the moment. If you’re prepared to do a bit of digging around, you may be surprised to find that there are some real bargains to be had. Sure it takes a bit of graft and perseverance, but you’ll soon notice the difference the next time you look at the state of your bank account. It can be easy to splurge once you get started with your clothes shopping, but a bit of self-restraint can really make a massive difference.

An article from offers some useful tips in this regard. It suggests concentrating on buying clothes which are likely to work well with pieces you already own – so if some of last summer’s clothes are still in good condition, you can dig them out again and partner them with some of your new additions. It’s also worth thinking about how much wear you’re going to get out of a particular item before you go out and buy it. If you feel you’re likely to get plenty of mileage out of a certain item, then it should be a worthwhile purchase. However, if you’re not planning on wearing an individual piece of clothing much then it may be better to simply not buy it at all.

Furthermore, you might want to think carefully about what you’re actually looking to buy before you head out to the shops. It’s tempting, once you enter the store, to go a bit mad and buy on impulse – indeed, this is what the retailers themselves are banking on. However, if you draw up a list before you start shopping and stick to it, you should be better-equipped to avoid the temptation of impulse buying and overspending. This should also help you to narrow your search a bit, saving you effort.

An article from, meanwhile, also offers a number of pointers. It notes that there are some real bargains online at sites like, so it’s well worth taking a look at what these online outlets have to offer. Many shoppers look for items in store and then search for similar items online to compare prices; you’d be surprised just how much money you can save this way. Shopping around can really help you save a lot of money, so it’s well worth doing.




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