Renovating Your Wardrobe
It’s time to put away coats and boots and take the fresh clothes off the bottom of the closet. As you order it, you may find that you need some new clothes: know some tips to avoid overspending when renewing your wardrobe.
7 Tips to Renovating Your Wardrobe without Spending Too Much
To save you don’t have to walk away from the stores, just have a plan to get the most out of your money. Follow these simple steps:
1. Inventory. The first step in renewing wardrobe is to review what you have and decide what stays, what goes and what you need to add, suggests Renae Chiovaro, expert in personal savings, at Money & Carrer CheatSheet.
2. Use your smartphone. An item is often less expensive online than in the physical store: be sure to check the website before going shopping. Also subscribe to online offer alerts and search for additional coupons online. You can start here.
3. Organize an exchange. Encourage your friends to clean their closets as well, and then gather to exchange clothes. Try to bring a lot of people together, so you’ll have a variety of sizes, colors and clothing styles to choose from.
4. Buy good quality classics. If you buy cheap seasonal clothes, you’ll end up spending more because you’ll constantly need to replace things that wear down fast or go out of fashion soon. Better, buy classic items (such as white blouses and skinny jeans) that will last for years and you can wear it over and over again.
5. Take advantage of the free money. Many online shopping programs offer cash or other incentives such as coupons or discounts for every purchase you make, notes Kasey Trenum’s savings blog. You can check out some of them here.
6. Apply the rule of 3. Before you buy a garment, ask yourself: can you easily combine it in three different ways with what you already have in your wardrobe? If the answer is no, maybe you should reconsider the purchase, image consultant Hanna Lee suggests on the Pure Wow blog.
7. Do not give in to the temptation of discounts. Let’s say you see a designer sweater: it’s a color you don’t like and a smaller size than you wear, but it’s on sale! If I didn’t have a discount, would you buy it? If you answer no, then leave it, advises Lee.