Shopping Tip of the Week: The Price Is Right

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In buying clothes, there is no shame in comparing prices all across the board.  In this unforgiving economy, you most certainly have to price shop for what you want.   No need to be keeping up with the Joneses when those cats are selling off their yachts and mansions.

So, to get a good price for whatever it is you want to get, do yourself a favor and shop around for sales.  Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Find out what you want first and prioritize your list.  If jeans matter more to you than tops, then use that first.  NOTE: This is only to get you started.  Once you start shopping, you may find great sales for a few of the items in your list.
  • Make a list of places where you know you can find your stuff.  For example, if you’re looking for jeans at affordable prices, you may want to visit Macy’s, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Mervyn’s, Ross, Urban Outfitters, Old Navy/Gap, etc.
  • If you can, try to spend an afternoon looking into several stores to make your memory fresh.  I suggest using your camera phone to take pics of the clothes and its prices so that you have some hard data to go back to.
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Don’t buy clothes on sale when it’s only been on sale for a week or two.  Usually, most great sales will last for a month, and by the third week or so, prices would have been slashed up to 30% or more, depending on the deal.  That’s not to say that you can’t buy what’s already on sale when you get there, but you may get more mileage out of your Benjamins if you have enough patience to wait.
  • Just like the saying “don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry,” don’t go shopping when you’re tempted to buy off the bat.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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