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Spend Smart, Save Smart Tips

Ten Tips for Buying Clothes

  • Determine a clothing budget, then stay within it.
  • Buy the best quality you can afford; clothes will look better and wear longer.
  • Buy color-coordinated clothes you can mix and match.
  • Shop out of season.
  • Buy well-constructed garments. They will wear longer.
  • Buy wash and wear; avoid the added expense of dry cleaning.
  • Learn to sew. Start by replacing buttons and hemming pants.
  • Look for online deals. Sign up for email newsletters from retailers for sale notices and coupons.
  • Shop factory-outlet stores, thrift shops, and rummage sales for good quality items.
  • Care for your clothing – check the care tags for instructions.