5 Ways to Spend Less on Clothes

Being the young women that we are, we all tend to enjoy shopping, clothes and the “getting dressed” experience. As fun as that experience is, it can be very costly.  We live in a world where celebrities influence how we shop. We can convince ourselves that we need that new designer bag, when really it’s costing us major savings.  The CGS Team understands the problem and we may have found a solution. We’re sharing 5 ways to help you spend less on clothes, and ultimately get the most you can for your money.

Ways to spend less on clothes

Go Thrift and Consignment

There’s a common misconception that people just unload their unwanted items (think paisley 90s gear), at thrift stores. That’s not true! Some people don’t want the hassle of selling their clothes and simply donate nice, gently used items.

If you are craving a new item, go see what treasures you may find. You can get some great vintage designer pieces for insanely low prices.  You can also attempt to trade in or sell your items for some extra spending money! Check out The Best Items to Find at a Thrift Shop

Plan for the Sales

The best time to buy new is when stores clear out the end of season items for new season apparel.  You have to get your timing just right though, if you buy at the start of the sale, you could spend a little too much. If you wait until close to the end of the sale, you may miss out on the good products.

We recommend hitting the stores early and keeping an eye on the items you love. If you can hold out until the clearance price drops further, then shop away!  Holidays are also a good time to get some new items on sale. Black Friday, Memorial Day and 4th of July sales are some of the best.

Discount Retailers are a Great Option

Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Last Call Neiman Marcus, and Saks OFF 5th are all examples of discount retailers.  These stores often stock items that are overproduced and can offer major discounts on these items.

Designers will also send their items to these stores, so you never know what treasures you may find.  Be careful though! Don’t get caught up in how much of a steal you’re getting and overspend your hard earned cash.

Take Better Care of What You Own

If you want to spend less on new clothes, start taking better care of the clothes you currently own. Make them last ten times longer by considering the fabric and care that each piece needs.  Check out the article 4 Bad Habits That Ruin Your Clothes to see what you shouldn’t do when you are trying to make your clothes last longer.

Check for Coupons and Price Comparisons

If you can’t wait for a sale, or don’t want to buy secondhand items, check the internet for coupons before you head to the store.  Retailmenot is a great resource for looking up coupons available at your favorite stores.

Also, if you find a piece of clothing you really like, get the make information and search the internet for a price comparison.  Plenty of online retailers carry the same item, you may be able to find it for a lower price.

Related: 5 Tips for Dressing Chic on a Budget


There’s nothing wrong with shopping, especially when you need certain things. Getting the most for your money is extremely important when you’re buying things that don’t hold much (if any) value after use.  What are your favorite stores for sales? How do you save money when shopping for clothes? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!

-The CGS Team



2 thoughts on “5 Ways to Spend Less on Clothes”

  1. I LOVE discount retailers! (Nordstrom Rack, Last Call Neiman Marcus, Saks OFF 5th, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s) – I’ve found great stuff for great prices at all of these stores.

  2. Being in shape doesn’t hurt. I notice that when I was at lower weight I spent less on clothes. Most women in the U.S. are an average size of 12 or 14. Just losing weight and getting under a size 10 puts you at a significant advantage for clothing items that can’t be sold to the masses and are often discounted to get the retailer ready for the next shipment coming in.

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