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Being Frugal When Buying Clothes

The average U.S. consumer spends $173 a month on clothes, shoes and other apparel, according to Bundle.com, which tracks consumer spending. But if you’re on a tight budget, spending that much money on just the basics can be a big problem. If you have children, then spending money on clothing is unavoidable. But you can still find clothes and apparel, including designer labels, without breaking the bank. You just need to know how to shop smart.

Check the Advertisements
While much has been said about going online to find the latest deals and discounts, don’t forget about the print publications. In particular, check out the Sunday newspaper. Those are typically the editions that have the most coupons and discounts.

Spend time skimming through the paper by section, because ads are typically grouped by section. For example, an ad for a sporting goods store is more likely to be found in the Sports section of a newspaper. Next, look over the inserts. That’s where you’ll find some of the bigger sales, discounts and promos, such as getting at least 10-30% off using a Kohls promo code.

Try and Pay Cash
It’s easy to overspend with a credit card. As of February 2013, the average credit card debt was $7,117, according to NerdWallet.com, which tracks consumer spending. Instead, consider using cash only when shopping you, unlike a credit card you know when you get low. This will help limit your spending.

Be a Smart Shopper: Go Online
You have to be patient when it comes to shopping. It may be quick and easy to buy that designer pair of heels you’ve been eyeing, but unless the store is offering a discount on it, you may be spending too much. Instead, consider ordering it online, directly from the retailer’s website.
Remember, companies want you to check out their websites. It’s good for their business. Most stores prominently display a special discount. You might have to spend a little extra on shipping, but many stores offer discounts on that, too.

Shop at a Certain Time of Year
Stores will go all out for big events and major holidays, especially during the winter holiday season. And you can get great deals, too, if you’re willing to wade through all the crowds or camp out the night before Black Friday. The best time to shop, though, is after the holidays. That’s when companies are trying to clear stock from their shelves and are willing to offer as much as 50% to 75% off on some items. Don’t forget end of season. For instance, when summer ends go ahead and shop for next summer’s sizes.

You’re not only shopping out of necessity, you also want a wardrobe you can be proud of. But simply shopping from store to store and buying whatever products are on their shelves won’t always help you stretch your budget. Check out the print advertisements, pay in cash whenever possible, and visit the various retailer sites. The savings will add up after a while and your bank account will thank you!

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Toni is a professional lifestyle blogger living on the sunny Florida Gulf Coast. She has a passion for Disney, Travel, Fashion, Cooking, Tech, Family Fun Ideas, Reviews, Giveaways and loves being able to share that with her readers!
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