Many things irk me about how people buy things nowadays. With many tools, tips, and various places of information ready for consumers to use, we as consumers should be savvier, more knowledgeable, calculated, and better spenders in our “consumption” of goods. Nevertheless, we often buy things that we end up being frustrated about, returning, or otherwise because we don’t take the time to do what we should do before we buy: and that is to do our due diligence in researching what we want to buy before we buy it.
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.
With the economy as it is, it’s not unusual to be more selective on what you buy. Retailers are pushing sales right and left to boost their revenue and to get you to buy something, even to the point of lowering their prices for some sweet deals. This kind of buyers market makes it easier to shop.
With a list of clothes and accessories handy, take note of retailers’ sales, both online and offline. Subscribe to RSS feeds, emails or other engagements from retailers to get their sale notices. When you’re out and about, wandering around the mall, take note of which stores are having their sales and when they end. Typically, you can find better deals at the tail end of their sale, but at the cost of finding the right size (especially for the average person).
** NOTE ** Don’t just give out your email address or any contact information just because. Be aware that, even in submitting your email address to other companies, it can be sold or given to their associate companies to do more targeted marketing of their products.
So you want to buy more stuff? Maybe a gadget for your bachelor pad, or some sweet kicks for that football game? Or maybe even something nice to wear for a date? Best thing to do first is to analyze and assess what you have and what you don’t have. Go through your closet and figure out:
- What fits loosely – To keep or not to keep?
- What fits tightly – To keep or not to keep?
- What needs to go – DEFINITELY to go.
If you can’t fathom throwing away your nice Armani suit that hasn’t been worn in 3 years because you’ve gained 50 lbs., donate it to your local charity or put it on consignment. Knowing what you have to work with is much easier in the long run to buy pieces that will match your current outfits and style personality. It will help you assess what you NEED to buy to complete your outfits, and hopefully won’t distract you from spending too much on things that you don’t really NEED when you’re out shopping for those pieces.