Published on June 24th, 2020
It’s almost too easy to shop online nowadays. All it takes are a few clicks and you’re done, the item will be with you tomorrow.
It’s this sort of convenience that leads some of us to spend absurd amounts online without really even thinking about it.
Although you’re handing over your money, doing it online somehow doesn’t feel as real as if you were to physically buy something in a shop.
It’s really easy to blow your paycheque on a new top or a fresh pair of shoes.
‘Treat Yourself’ culture is partially to blame, but who doesn’t like to have nice things? This only becomes a real problem when you’re spending too much and a few weeks later they’re out of fashion anyway!
This means you’re not shopping sustainably! Well, now it’s time to think smart and to shop even smarter. So here are 5 ways to get your wardrobe for less.
1. Set Some Ground Rules
Before you start building your wardrobe, it’s best to set some ground rules for yourself.
They don’t have to be too detailed or hash, just something that stops you from impulse buying and acting irrationally.
For example, limiting yourself to one or two items of clothing per month is a great way to start saving money and avoid buying clothes that you will only like for a short period of time.
This will also usually mean you prioritise the things you need, for example, seasonal items that are a necessity.
The main objective surrounding ground rules is to make you think harder before buying something so that when you finally do, you’re sure about it.
2. Search For Discount Codes
Discount codes are the hidden gems of the internet, you just have to find them and remember to look every single time you shop.
If you’re looking for some new Nike running shoes, there’s no harm in searching for ‘Nike Discount Codes’, you never know how much you could save.
There are plenty of tools out there that can search and apply discounts for you, like Honey. What’s great about tools like these is that they save you time and make your shopping experience hassle-free.
Unsubscribing from premium, next day delivery services will save you a lot of money. Money that’s better spent on your wardrobe.
At the end of the day, when you see something you love, you’re probably going to buy it. You know it will arrive the next day and the commitment level attached to the purchase is minimal, that’s why you purchase it.
Removing yourself from premium delivery will give you an extra second to think about the purchase you’re going to make, it could allow you to buy a cheaper alternative that you discover moments later!
This is all simple psychology. When you pay for delivery, you recognise that you’re not getting anything tangible in return, so you hesitate to purchase.
Forcing yourself to hesitate can be really helpful for your bank account – and the environment.
Mailing lists are another key motivator in blowing your budget. It’s not worth being tempted to part with your cash and impulse buy.
4. Learn To Thrift
As I mentioned earlier, we’ve all gone and bought ourselves a 5-minute wonder piece of clothing that we’re never going to wear again. Well, you’re not the only one and that’s exactly why you should thrift.
One of the best places to thrift is charity shops. Hundreds of strange and unique items are donated to charity, and every now and then a hidden gem is donated and waiting to be found.
You’ll be surprised by what you can find, designer brands and practically new items are waiting for you. All you need to do is look.
A top tip is to set aside a morning or an afternoon and search for charity or vintage clothing stores near you in maps.
Head to the most densely populated area for those shops and get hunting. Also remember, affluent locations tend to have better finds!
5. Don’t Fall For The Sales
We all love good sales and it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of them, just don’t unnecessarily buy into the marketing.
Sales like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas are all sales to avoid if you aren’t looking for anything in specific, or it will lead to you buying something you really don’t need.
If you know you’re susceptible during these times, it’s probably best to cut yourself off from all types of media for the weekend!
- Online shopping is too easy, make sure you think twice before you click buy
- Set yourself some ground rules (buy one item of clothing per month, etc)
- Unsubscribe from premium, next day delivery
- Unsubscribe from brands mailing lists, don’t get persuaded to hand over your cash
- Learn to thrift (try charity shops)
- Search for discount codes
- Don’t fall for the sales…. All the time