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Five Ways to Reduce your Clothing Bills

Photo courtesy of Victor Camilo
Photo courtesy of Victor Camilo
We all need to wear clothes. For some of us clothing is important for our job and for others it represents who we are. Some just wear clothing to keep warm. Whatever the reason, we all buy clothing and therefore spend money on it. Many people spend more than is necessary though and so if you want some ideas on how to cut down on those expenses then take a look at the five suggestions below.

Sort out wardrobe
Before you go clothes shopping sort out your wardrobe. Have a look at what you have and you may find that you have more than you thought. You may see that you have the types of items you wanted anyway but you had forgotten you had them. Clear out the things that you will never wear and consider whether you can adapt anything to make what you need, perhaps by matching it with other things or adding different accessories.

Buy second hand
Buying second hand clothing seems to be a lot easier these days. With many charity shops selling second hand clothing as well as other sales such as charity jumble sales, car boot sales and the like. It is also possible to buy clothing online from auction websites. These sorts of places can have worn clothing that looks like new for reduced prices. You may even be able to get top end labels for a significantly reduced price.

Swap clothes with friends and family
If you have friends and family members that are the same clothing size as you, then you could swap clothing with them. If after sorting your wardrobe, you find that you have items that you no longer like or maybe have never worn, then you could swap them with items that they no longer want. You could find that you will get several new outfits without having to spend any money.

Find vouchers and coupons
If you look online you will find that there are a lot of websites where you can find vouchers and coupons for specific shops. This means that you may be able to find one for the places that you are shopping at. If you are shopping online, you may be able to get cash back on the purchases as well. There may be coupons available for off line purchases too or you should check any loyalty points you may have accumulated that you could spend.

Wait for sales
If you wait for the shop to have a sale then you could find that item that you want at a lower price. It can be really annoying when you buy something and then find that it is reduced a while later. If you wait for the sales, then you can take advantage of the low prices. There may be a risk that it sells out before the sales though, so if it is something that you really need, make sure that you keep a check on the stock levels.



Rachel Henderson is a professional freelance writer from the UK. She writes on many subjects but specialises in personal finance. As well as contributing to various blogs and websites she has her own website tracking her own money making process and sells her books through

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