For women, clothes provide an avenue for their personal expression. However, when you spend too much on clothes, you are wasting money buying things you don’t actually need. Shopping for clothes is not like grocery shopping. When you go grocery shopping, you may have a list of things to buy in mind before you enter the store. When you shop for clothes, you may or may not have that list in mind, and you often end up purchasing items you don’t initially plan to. How to save money when you go apparel shopping?
Set a Budget
If you tend to wander around a clothing store too long and end up buying things you don’t actually need, setting a budget will help you. When you are budget-conscious, you will adjust your spending so that you don’t go over your limit. It also helps if you stick to your original plan. If you want to go to H&M to find a beautiful coat, stick to that plan instead of ending up overspending on blouses, trousers and shoes, etc.
Pay with Cash
Having a credit card helps; however, paying off your debts may not be a fun thing. People with an overspending tendency often max out their credit card limit. The result? They end up deep in a pile of debts which wreak havoc to their financial and personal life. Having debts that you can’t pay creates immense stress, and being stressed affects not only your work but also your personal relationships.
Don’t Shop When You Are Emotional
Sometimes, when we are angry or sad, it helps to take our mind off the subject by going shopping. However, studies have shown that the decisions we make while angry, hungry or upset are usually the ones which make us regret later. Do something else that doesn’t involve money when you are emotional. Take a stroll in a nearby park for example.
Don’t Just Buy Because It’s Cheap
Whenever you decide to buy something, ask yourself if you really need it. Will you be able to wear it regularly? Where can you wear it? How will you mix and match it with your current wardrobe? These questions will help you eliminate items which you don’t actually need.