Warm weather is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about your spring wardrobe. There’s only one problem; your wallet is looking a bit sparse. How are you going to get a new spring wardrobe without spending a fortune? It’s easy. You simply need to follow a few simple tips to create a new spring wardrobe on a budget.
Set a Budget
The number one way to save money on a new spring wardrobe is to set a budget. For example, let’s say you have a budget of $200 for a new spring wardrobe. With this in mind, you can then determine how many outfits you want to have and how much you’re willing to spend on each piece. This will give you a better idea of how far your money will need to go.
Shop for Basics in Discount Department Stores
There is simply no reason to spend a ton of money on t-shirts, jeans and other basic items for your spring wardrobe. These pieces are much more affordable at discount department stores. For example, solid color tops can be purchased for less than $10 each. These tops are perfect for wearing under blazers at work or matching with a pair of jeans for the weekend. Discount department stores are also the perfect place to purchase jeans. Many discount department stores carry brand name jeans at around $30 per pair or less. This is also a great place to purchase socks and basic undergarments.
Hit the Before Season Sales
While the weather is still cold, it’s not uncommon for clothing stores to have sales on spring clothing. This is a way to get shoppers in the door and for them to check out the new styles. While not every piece will be on sale, this is a great way to score a few deals. Because many other women will be trying to score the same great deals, it’s best to go shopping the first day the sale starts. Be sure to also take advantage of any coupons, card owner discounts and other in store specials.
Purchase Pieces That Can Be Mixed and Matched
To get the most bang for your buck, it pays to purchase pieces that can be mixed and matched. This allows you to create several spring outfits with only a few pieces of clothing. One way to accomplish this is to purchase a few neutral pieces. For example, you may want to purchase a few pairs of black and khaki pants. Avoid buying overly patterned pieces that only match one pair of pants or skirt. Try to select pieces that will work in at least two outfits.
Avoid Pieces That Take Up a Large Portion of Your Budget
While that one piece may be something that catches your eye, spending $60 on one top can completely blow your budget. You need to have an idea of what your limit will be for each item. One way to keep from falling in love with a piece is to always check the price before you look at it too closely. If the price is more than you’re willing to spend on one item, move on. Chances are that top will be on sale later in the season for a fraction of the original price.