8 Easy Ways to Save Big on Fall Clothes

It’s almost time to make the closet switch. Doesn’t it feel like you just did it for summer? I know it does for me. As much as I like a fresh start, I am really not looking forward to making a trip to the attic and getting out my pants, sweaters, boots, hats and gloves. Mostly because the whole closet switch is a pain, but also because I know there is undoubtedly going to be stuff I no longer want to keep, in which I will donate but then have to replace. This means shopping. I have a love/hate relationship with shopping. I love looking at the cute clothes and trying things on, but I really don’t like spending money on clothes. I’m the type of person that hesitates to spend $30 on a shirt, but has no problem forking over the same amount for food or drinks at a restaurant. I hope I am not alone in this. What makes me feel better is a few tips and tricks to save money along the way.

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Use coupons

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, must love coupons. These bad boys aren’t just for use on items like toiletries, cleaning products or food, but you can use them on clothes if you look for them at select stores. Sometimes when I am really trying to save, I will only shop at the places I have coupons for. Popular clothing stores that offer coupons and online coupon codes include:

  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Bob’s Stores
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Banana Republic
  • Gap
  • Old Navy
  • Express
  • Kohl’s
  • Macy’s
  • Aeropostale

Download an app like RetailMeNot or visit the website and you can search for them before you hit the register.

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Shop in the clearance section

At the turn of the season, most clearance sections are filled with items from the previous season that the store is basically trying to get rid of. But, you can definitely find some hidden gems in there! I always start with the clearance section because I can usually spot some good picks, rather than start with the more expensive parts of the store. If I find what I am looking for, I wind up spending less by avoiding the regular season items. Of course, there are so many cute things that will catch your eye as you’re passing through. While a quick glance won’t hurt, try to kick your will power into high gear and be happy with your clearance items that are simply enough.

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Mix and match

Another great part about shopping in the clearance section in the fall is that a lot of the shirts are short-sleeved or tank tops, BUT you can pair them with a cute sweater and make them more seasonal. Try to buy your tanks and shirts in a neutral color and then wear a fun printed or colored sweater over it. You might find that just one or two shirts will go perfectly with three or four sweaters or vice versa. You can also do the same when it comes to regular simple outfits. Buy neutral colors all around so you can mix and match all your new stuff with your old stuff and avoid having to buy ten pairs of pants to go with ten shirts.

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Visit the outlets

If you live in New England, you know there are so many options for outlet shopping. Sometimes it’s a hit or miss depending on when you go and what you’re looking for, but you can definitely score some good deals! These outlets offer pretty much the same clothes in regular stores, but either at a discounted price or in BOGO sales. They also have clearance sections and offer coupons!

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Don’t worry about name brands

Sometimes the reason people spend so much money on clothes is because getting those name brands is the top priority. For me, my shopping priority is getting cute and comfortable clothes I feel good in for a good price. Name brands play no factor. To be honest, I don’t even know half of the brands in my closet. When I was a teenager, Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister were must-haves and as an adult the name brand sections of Macy’s and Nordstrom are “it.” I don’t step foot in Nordstrom unless I have a gift card. Instead, you can find me at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, also known as “Heaven” in my eyes.

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Don’t buy an entire wardrobe all at once

This is the hardest one for me, but it does a lot of good. Instead of going to the mall or your favorite store and dropping a big chunk of change on a plethora of items, spread your shopping out over the course of a month or so. Buy a couple sweaters one week, then the next week a pair of pants and a shirt, then a week or two later buy another pair of pants and shoes. This saves you from spending a lot of money all at once, but it also makes it easier to evaluate what you actually need. A couple weeks into the season, you might realize you have more than you thought to get you through.

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Accessorize

Accessories can definitely make a huge difference in your outfits. You could wear the same thing twice, but make it a totally new outfit by adding a couple accessories, especially in the fall. Chunky necklaces, pretty printed scarves, over-sized or regular-sized sweaters, high-knitted socks to go under your boots, there are so many options! Why buy more clothes than you actually need when you can spice things up with some accessories?

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Hit up a thrift store

Secondhand clothes may not be your thing, but they can definitely save you a lot of money! Depending on wear you shop, everything is in really good shape and very decently priced. What’s even better is that a lot of thrift shops donate their profits to worthy organizations. So, when you buy clothes from thrift shops, your money goes far beyond some big rich person’s pockets.

Clothes are a funny thing. You spend loads of cash on them only to wear them for one or two seasons, equaling six months, and then get rid of them. Hopefully these tips help you save and feel like you’re shopping smarter.

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