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Saving money on clothes is the name of the game today, folks! We are about to jump into some saving money strategies on you can save money on clothes and even score some discount name brand clothes.

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Buy Used

If you have read my other Money Saving Mama pages you will know that I am a huge fan of shopping for used items. Some people may wrinkle their nose when they hear me say this. However, buying used is not that big of deal. Well, actually it is. It can be a huge savings deal. Think about it. You probably have a ton of things in your house right now that are still in perfectly usable condition but you just don't use, need, or want them anymore. Would you have a problem selling them? No? So why should you have a problem with someone buying them. Buying used is a great way to buy the items that you need at a deeply discounted rate. And you can often score some great, discount name brand clothes doing this. Just some ideas of places to get your secondhand shop on are : thrift stores, yard/garage sales, online yard sales (you can find these all over Facebook), and consignment shops. You might even be able to raid your friend's closet for some cute pieces.

Make Your Own

If you are handy with needle and thread or have a sewing machine, you can save a lot of money by making simple alterations. This way you are able to salvage some items that you would normally toss away in frustration when they got messed up. If you are really good, you can even make your own clothes. Learning how to make a few, simple alterations can save you lots of money, but not everyone has the aptitude or attitude to learn how to tailor jeans or a skirt. Start by mastering basics like replacing buttons and hemming pants and you may find yourself inspired to try more elaborate projects.


In the same vein as the previous tip, if you are crafty with needle and thread you can repurpose things. Those ratty pants with the holes in them that you can no longer wear outside with fear of ridicule - you can turn them into a cute jeans purse. Those oversized t-shirts can be fashioned into dresses. The possibilities are endless. Just ask Pinterest users.


I mentioned before about the possibility of raiding your friend's closet. If you are close enough, why not trade some items. They can get some things from you that they have had their eye on for some time and vice versa. I mean, what are cute clothes shared amongst friends? Saving money on clothes can be a joint venture.

Buy Online

Another great way to go about saving money on clothes is to shop online. Often you can find the same clothes that you would find in stores for a bit cheaper online. Especially if you shop on sites such as eBay. While you are online, take some time to visit the websites of your favorite retailer�s and sign up for their mailing lists. That way you will receive alerts about their sales and will probably even receive coupons for extra savings throughout the year.


One great way to save some money on clothes is to sell the clothes you already have that you can no longer fit, no longer wear, or no longer want. Then you can use that money to replace those clothes with ones that you can and will wear.

Be Careful

Another easy way to go about saving money on clothes is simply to take care of your clothes. Follow the washing instructions. Hang or fold your clothes after they have been washed and dried. Air dry them as much as possible. By taking these simple efforts to tae care of your clothes, you make them last longer. Which means you don't have to replace them as often.

Shop Out of Season

Instead of shopping for the latest trends, shop seasons ahead. Your two shopping seasons should be Spring and Fall. Stock up on your Spring and Summer wardrobe during the Fall. Shop for Fall and Winter clothes during the Spring. By doing this you will save a great deal of money.

Only Buy What You Need

Buy what you need, not just what you want. This is pretty straightforward advice. Instead of going crazy and buying ever cute thing you see, keep in mind what you really NEED and buy that. It's ok to splurge every once in a while, but generally "just say no".

Have Staple Items

By choosing the right items to put in your wardrobe, you can save quite a bit of money. That way you can always put together a nice outfit without having to go out and shop for missing pieces. Some items that you should have in your wardrobe are:
  • Little black dress
  • Black blazer
  • White button down shirt or white blouse
  • Black dress pants
  • Knee length black skirt
  • Quality blue jeans
  • Black and/or white cardigan sweater
  • Black heels
  • Trench coat
  • Pantsuit

Go for Quality

Sure, we all want to save money upfront. However, sometimes it is best to spend a little bit more upfront to save a lot more in the long run. Sure those $10 jeans sound great for your wallet. However, if they are going to shrink after a few runs through the dryer, you will end up having to replace them over and over again. Rather than going just by price, buy the nicest pants that you can afford. Your wallet will thank you for it later.

If You Don�t Love It, Don�t Buy It

You know that moment when you try something on and it is just perfect. It absolutely screams your name. It hugs every part of your body in exactly the right way and you look in the mirror and smile? That�s a good buy. On the other hand, there are those times when we look in the mirror and are like �meh�. Drop it! Put it back on the hanger and hang it on the return rack. Because chances are if you felt �meh� about it then, you will feel the same way about it when you get it home, and it will spend it�s entire life hanging in your closet.

Don't Buy "Misfits"

Ok�yes, that orange and pink pair of shoes is super cute. Yes, I know that fit you perfectly. But you have nothing either orange or pink in your wardrobe. It will not go with a single thing that you own. So, tell me, why do you need it again? That's don't! A little tough love from me - stop buying things with the intention of going out and finding something else to wear with it. If you don't already own something that will go well with it, you don't need it. Put it down and walk away slowly.

Shop smartly

While we are on the topic of matching things, make sure that whatever you decide to buy goes with at least 2-3 other items in your wardrobe. That way you can mix and match, effectively creating 2 outfits with one piece of clothing.

Ok, when it comes to saving money on clothes, I hope I have armed you with some great saving money strategies that you can use to score some discount name brand clothes. Now...go shop and save, mamas!

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