8. Swap with friends
At the start of every season, my friends and I go through our closets and trade whatever we won’t be wearing. Last winter, I ended up with enough sweaters to last the entire season.
Set up a trading day with your friends or family members. Then, take anything you have left to a consignment shop. You’ll end up with new clothes and some extra cash.
9. Stick to simple garments
Trendy clothes cost more and have a shorter shelf life. You could spend hundreds trying to keep up with the fashion magazines, only to realize you no longer adore that peasant skirt six months later.
Stick to classic styles and basic pieces that always work.
10. Hem your own clothes
Tailor-shop pricing varies by area. Where I live, it costs $10 to $12 to have one pair of jeans professionally hemmed.
If I had all 14 pairs of my jeans professionally hemmed, I’d pay $168 on top of the cost of the clothes. Hem the clothes yourself, and stop paying the professionals.
If you can’t sew, offer to swap jobs with a friend who can. I’m horrible with a needle and thread, but I can baby-sit. So, I watch my friend’s kids for a night, and she hems my new clothes the next day.
11. Borrow what you plan to wear once
If you only need to wear something once, borrow it from a friend or family member. You’ll save 100 percent and won’t have a useless dress or suit filling up space in your closet.
12. Shop the men’s and kids’ sections
Women’s clothing is often priced higher than men’s and kids’ clothing. If you’re a woman looking for something universal — like a T-shirt or hoodie — check the racks in the men’s and kids’ sections first.
13. Treat clothes shopping like grocery shopping
I won’t go to the grocery store without making a list first, but I’ll blindly charge into the mall, credit card in hand. That is the wrong way to go about it.
The next time you shop for clothes, make a list of what you need and stick to it.
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Christina Majeski contributed to this post.