I have a lot of clothes in my closet, just like my sister. What can I say?! I love clothes! However, lately, I have been thinking about my budget a lot lately and have been thinking a lot about all of the things that I need to buy now and in the near future. I have fitness certifications to pay for, college in the summer to pay for, I'm working on finishing off my car loan (less than $500 left!), rent, phone bill, gas, and so on.[no_toc]
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The list is never-ending, but the main things that I want to pay off are my fitness certifications, school, and car loan. These three things have made me really want to lower my budget.
The other day I gave my sister my debit card and plan on only using cash for the near future. I do think this will drastically cut down on my spending since I have no idea where my sister put my debit card. Are any of you on a cash system? I'll have to make a post on that soon!
However, it is almost summer! The weather is getting nicer here and we have had a couple of 80 degree days. And once summer comes along, I will want some new clothes to brave the usual 100+ temperature days here. BUT I don't want to spend a lot of money! Below are some things that I plan on doing:
Only bring cash with me to go shopping
As I said above, I'm attempting to only use cash for my daily purchases, and this will include clothing. This will help me really think about what I'm buying since I won't be bringing all of my money with me when I shop. I'm not sure how much I will dedicate each month towards clothes, but I do know that I want to start saving at least $500 per month ($250 per pay period).
Buy quality and staple pieces
I plan on buying items that I can wear more often and that will last a long time. I don't want something that will be ruined after one wash or that will be “out of season” or “not trendy” after one month.
Look for deals
Even though I will be looking for specific items that I KNOW that I will wear, I still want to find deals also! Sites like Save 1 are great for when I'm trying to find a deal online. They have tons of coupons and I can almost always find a coupon for a place that I want to shop at.
Buy used clothing on Poshmark or at the thrift store
Poshmark is an app that allows you to buy used clothing, as well as sell your clothing.
Whenever I go shopping, I always look for a coupon. It only takes a second, and there's always the possibility that it will save me at least $5, and sometimes maybe $50. How can I say no to that?
How do you save money on clothes? How much do you spend each month?
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