Everyone has to spend money to buy clothes. The key is figuring out how to stretch each dollar to cover all your clothing needs. Whether you are shopping for new or gently used clothes, there are many ways to save a little money and get some real life deals.
** Shop summer clearance: Many stores have their summer clothes on clearance. I have seen summer clothes discounted for 70-80 percent off at stores ranging from the local Dollar General stores to Children’s Place, Kohl’s and Old Navy. Prepare for next year’s warm weather by stocking up on some basic items while they are on sale. This is also a great way to prepare for upcoming baby showers, Christmas gifts, Angel Tree or Operation Christmas Child gifts.
** Shop consignment: You can get some great deals by shopping consignment or thrift stores. Goodwill, Salvation Army and local Peddlers Mall booths often have great selections. You will pay significantly less than in the retail stores. Just take the time to look at the item carefully to make sure you don’t get home and find surprise stains or tears that will keep you from enjoying the items.
Halloween bonus idea: Thrift Stores are a great resource to find Halloween costume pieces. Need a pirate shirt? Just buy a ladies shirt and repurpose it.
** Gerber baby clothes: Save money on baby clothes by printing coupons from Gerber www.gerberchildrenswear.com/.
** Share your email: When you shop, be ready to give your email address. We have a special email account that we use just for stores, loyalty clubs and special offers. There has been an increase in stores sending almost instant coupons after you sign up for their eclubs. Recently, we gave our email address in a store while we were checking out. Within 24 hours, we received a coupon for our next purchase.
** Facebook: Many stores have Facebook pages where they send out discount offers and coupons. So, if you have a favorite store or you know that you are going to be shopping in a particular store, check out the Facebook page before you go so you will be ready to save money.
Most outlet malls offer special coupon books for their shoppers.
** Premium Outlet: Join its VIP Club and print a pass for a FREE book of coupons — 10-20 percent off most of the stores. If you get to the outlets and don’t have the printed form, you have to pay $5. https://www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/
** Pigeon Forge Outlet Mall coupons: http://www.pigeonforgefactoryoutlet.com/coupons.html
** Tanger Outlets coupons: http://www.tangeroutlet.com/coupons/
** Van Heusen, Bass or Izod: Join Izod, Van Heusen and Bass Rewards. Members receive exclusive sales and discounts not available to the general public at Bass, IZOD and Van Heusen stores. This is not a credit card — just a rewards card. Bonus: You’ll receive a $10 off coupon just for joining (new members only). Members also receive 500 bonus points upon registration. You can earn valuable rewards certificates. They will email you advance notice of sales. Plus receive a birthday bonus. www.izodrewards.com
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** Many stores offer text coupons. When you are walking through a store, take a look around. You possibly will see signs telling you to send a text to the store and you will get an instant $5 coupon.
** Rack Room Shoes and Bass Outlet both have signs telling you where to send the text and what to type. So next time you go shopping, make sure and take your cell phone so you’ll be ready to save money.
** Target: Coupon alerts sent right to your phone — receive exclusive offers via text message, and up to five messages a month. http://sites.target.com/site/en/spot/mobile_coupon_signup.jsp
How do you save money when you are shopping for clothes? I’d love to hear your real life deal ideas! www.reallifedeals.com