|Spending Smarts: What We Wear
So, where does most of your money go? Chances are, you're wearing it. What better place to start spending smarter than your wardrobe?
First of all, the number one way you can save cash on clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories is to-
ESCAPE THE TREND TRAP!
Let's say you buy that "gotta-have-it" pair of sneakers -- the ones that all the coolest kids are wearing -- in January. By March, a completely different kind of footwear is "in," and your expensive sneakers are suddenly "out." Now they're a sign that you're unhip and the money you spent on them is history. What the heck happened?
Here's the truth about some trends:
Here are some ideas for how you can avoid spending big bucks on clothes and accessories that will only be in fashion a short time:
Look for classic styles and brands
Avoid huge labels
Follow your own style
Don't let clothes define you
To avoid this kind of thinking, make sure you have plenty of other things in your life-like sports, activities, hobbies, and other things you really care about. If you have lots of stuff to keep you interested, make you happy, and define who you are and what you believe, you won't be tempted to think "Gosh, if I only had that $200 jacket, everything would be so much better!"
Five Ways To Save Money On Clothes and Still Be Stylin'
Escaping the trend trap doesn't mean you can't have a cool wardrobe that you feel comfortable in. Try these tips and tricks:
1) Shop at outlets and discount stores. You could score a great deal on something that you really need or want, and save big bucks compared to ritzy shops and boutiques. Remember: WHAT you buy is much more important than WHERE you buy it.
2) Surf online for great deals. If you see something you love in a store, write down the brand and style names, then ask a family member to help you find it cheaper on the Web. Auction sites can also be full of amazing bargains.
3) Have a Fashion Swap party. Chances are, your friends, siblings, relatives, and others around your age are burning through clothes and accessories at the same lightning speed you are. Host a party and invite people to bring unwanted stuff, then let everyone "go shopping"-for free! (You can donate the leftovers to a charity shop.)
4) Cruise flea markets and craft fairs. There's more at these events than just junky furniture and handmade knick-knacks. Many flea markets include booths selling inexpensive jeans, shoes, and more. A craft fair is the perfect place to find a truly unique t-shirt or piece of jewelry.
5) Get creative! If you or someone in your family is handy or artsy, you can re-create a lot of trendy clothing styles on your own. For instance:
Crafts like these take time, energy, and planning, of course-but they can be just as much fun as shopping (and much less expensive)!