With utility, insurance and food prices increasing, there is more pressure than ever to stay within your clothing budget.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Signature Wardrobe Planning says “Staying within your clothing budget can be difficult, particularly when you need to make a lot of replacements or unplanned purchases. But with some thought and a willingness to compromise, it is possible.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for staying within your clothing budget.
- Stay on Top of Seasonal Replacements: A lot of anything will cost a lot of money. It’s easier to manage your costs when you buy a little of something as you go. When you draft your shopping list, make sure you include the basics.
- Choose Quality or Variety: If you prefer higher quality items, buy fewer. Or if you prefer variety, buy less expensive items. For example, two high-quality t-shirts or five different colours for $50.
- Check Your Budget Before You Buy: See what’s left in your budget before you start shopping; you may need to sacrifice a planned garment! Then decide whether you really need to go shopping, how much you can spend, and whether to visit a boutique, department or thrift store.
- Don’t Shop When You Are Unhappy: It’s very tempting to cheer yourself up with a little spree. But when you do, you are more likely to spend too much money on things you don’t need and may not like when you get them.
- Buy Wonderful: If you do decide to spree, then make it worthwhile. Buy amazingly wonderful clothes that make you happy, not your miserable old subsistence clothing.
These five tips will help you stay within your clothing budget. Or if you must, make breaking it worthwhile!
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