Clothing: Buy Off Season

by Kevin on April 17, 2008

I think most people buy more clothes than they can possibly use. So you wore the same shirt to work two weeks ago… who cares?

Then again, some people push the limits of frugality and let clothes become worn down and tattered. That is pushing it too far, looks unprofessional, and can seriously damage your career.

We all need to buy additional clothes at some point. With a little forethought and planning, you can get incredible deals online and in stores by simply waiting:

  • In spring and summer, buy winter clothing.
  • In autumn and winter, buy summer clothing.

It’s April 17th. If there are any sweaters or winter coats left at the store, now is a great time to buy.

It’s a simple idea, no doubt. Timing is critical for this strategy to work. If you wait too long into a new season, you may not be able to find things in your size or style. If you go too early, the heavy discounts may not be applied just yet. It may be too late to find a decent winter coat in stores these days. Maybe you can find something online instead.

Some things are discounted throughout the year at seemingly random times or simply don’t get put on a severe discount. Men’s dress shirts would be an example. There isn’t a typical “dress shirt season” as there is winter coats. For these items, just doing your research and buying when a deal comes around seems to be the best option.

What about you? Do you just buy clothes whenever you feel like it, or do you plan ahead?

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Philip April 17, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I agree, I am not a fan of getting used clothes if it can be avoided. I recently started my real job and had to go get dress shirts and slacks for an entire wardrobe. Fortunatly when I needed stuff, Dillards had their clearance of clearance clothes, 40% off the stuff that was 50% off already!

I got two weeks worth of shirts and slacks, then off to the cleaners.

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