Sneaky ways to save money on your wardrobe

Avoid the sales!

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Clothes shopping is a real treat for some and a total chore for others.

One of the main issues for shopaholics however, is the cost attached to updating your wardrobe along with the seasons.

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If you struggle to stay in budget don't panic, there's plenty of ways to minimise your spending while still keeping your wardrobe stylish.

Take a look at the tips below to find out more.

1. Shop slightly out of season

Season specific items that hit the shelves a month early are likely to be discounted halfway through the season.

2. Buy better basics

While the temptation might be to buy something quickly which is cheap and useful - you're better off investing in quality items you'll wear over and over again. They'll last longer and are better value in the long run.

3. Don't get sucked in by sales

You're playing into the consumer psychology retailers use to get their customers to buy more, and shop more frequently. The reductions are often not even that good value, but it's easy to fall into the trap of assuming a price cut is worth it!

4. Don't buy dry clean only items

This is a simple one. If it's a piece of clothing that you're going to wear often then you're likely to end up spending a fortune just to keep the clothes clean. Save yourself money and buy a washing machine-friendly equivalent.

5. Pay attention to care tags

Laundering according to manufacturers specifications will extend the lives of your clothes. Don't chuck everything in one go and hope for the best, you'll probably end up ruining something for good.

6. Don't be afraid to ask for a discount

Minor damages can often be fixed at home and could get you 10% off the item. You'll never know, if you don't ask!

7. Try alternative ways to shop

Keep an eye on the offerings at your local charity shops and second-hand clothing stores. You could find some real gems for slashed prices.

Shopping: when spending more isn't always better

Shopping: when spending more isn't always better