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I never pay full price for clothing.

I never pay full price for clothing. This was a habit I got into when I was a young teen. I would go to the outlets with my grandmother in Reading, Pennsylvania and I would shop name brand clothes and shoes for less. Old Navy, Doone & Burke, Coach, Timberland, Anne Taylor, Liz Claireborn, etc could be found at the outlets for substantially less. I carried this habit into adulthood.

As an adult, I register for store loyalty programs. When I lived in Albany, the local Macy's had a Star Rewards program which gave me a keytag that I could span and earn a certain percentage back to apply to a future purchase. I frequently shopped the clearance section in Macy's and would then stack a coupon for 10-25% off my total purchase with the clearance prices. This would allow me to score the best deals for name brand items especially for me.

Sears and Kmart have the Shop Your Way Rewards Program which I dedicated a whole post to. This one allows me to snag items free or almost free when I uses my rewards points for clearance section items. Picking up in store saves me delivery charges.

JC Penney's allows you to sign up for mailings and they often send coupons for $10 off of a $10 purchase and $10 off of a $25 purchase. This one allows for very good prices as they can be applied to clearance items as well.

Throughout the year, Old Navy offers Super Saver Cash. When you spend a certain amount of money, they give you coupons for $10 off of $25 or $15 off of $35 to use towards a future purchase. You can reach the required spending amount by shopping the clearance section and later apply the coupons to more items from the clearance section. Make sure to watch the expiration dates and when the super saver cash can be used.

Amazon is a good source for name brand shoes. This year I scored myself and the kids sneakers and spent less than 75% of the in store price. I have Amazon Prime so I got free two day shipping as well.

Why pay full price when you don't have to?

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awadharme wrote on December 15, 2014, 9:31 PM

It seems that you have a good habit for save money rather than spending by unnecessarily.

scheng1 wrote on December 16, 2014, 1:10 AM

If you have a chance to go shopping in China, I am sure you will not mind paying the local full price, as it is just 20% or less of the price in US.

acrogodess914 wrote on December 16, 2014, 1:38 AM

Unfortunately, I will never be able to afford that kind of trip, but that sounds lovely to be able to save so much.

acrogodess914 wrote on December 16, 2014, 1:40 AM

I never saw a point to spend unnecessarily. I once even purchased a brand new winter coat for my son for just $1.98 at Old Navy. Nothing was wrong with it except it was from the previous season

scheng1 wrote on December 16, 2014, 2:32 AM

If you are going to buy a lot of clothes, that is not really a saving. Real saving means buy good quality but less in quantity.

LoudMan wrote on December 16, 2014, 12:54 PM

I haven't bought myself new clothes in years. It's either thrift stores or gifts, for me, for now.

acrogodess914 wrote on December 16, 2014, 1:15 PM

I do not buy a lot of clothing and what I buy lasts until either the children outgrow it or for years.

acrogodess914 wrote on December 16, 2014, 1:16 PM

Here, the thrift shops charge $7.99 for a pair or jeans meanwhile with the Sears shop your way rewards points I can score them for like $3 or $4 brand new or at the old navy clearance section for $2.97

Ravenmount wrote on December 16, 2014, 7:18 PM

I like to shop at thrift stores, soI rarely bother with retain stores anymore for clothes. I wear probably 80% designer or name-brand labels, but I pay $1-4 per item, almost never more than that. The only exception is shoes and undies, for which I shop at places like Kmart, Walmart, Ross and Payless, always checking clearance first. My biggest problem is usually that I have too many clothes I like, and still want to shop for 'new' ones.

acrogodess914 wrote on December 17, 2014, 9:00 AM

Good Will and the Salvation Army here definitely charge way more per item here. Jeans for between $7.99-$12.99 and raggedy shirts are $1.99 like obviously old and faded. Good shirts are $5.99 and up. I really am better off shopping the clearance sections at the actual retailers

Ravenmount wrote on December 17, 2014, 3:07 PM

Yeah, not all thrift stores are that great. I look for local non-chain thrift stores, and at all thrift stores they have sales to clear out older stock, usually based on tag colors. Our Arc store here is terrible about pricing things too high, often charging more than what the item cost at retail. My favorite chain is still SAVERS, which has dollar days every week and good color tag sales in between.

acrogodess914 wrote on December 17, 2014, 11:06 PM

There aren't any other thrift shops around. At best, I can hope to find a flea market during the summer.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 29, 2014, 8:46 PM

Our thrift shop sells most clothing at $3 for a full bag of clothes. Jeans are $2 or $3 a pair, depending on the size. Much less expensive than any of our retail stores!

Ruby3881 wrote on December 29, 2014, 8:49 PM

I sure wish we could benefit from some of these tricks here! Most places in Canada there are specific rules that prohibit stacking, or even applying a coupon to an item that's already on special. The rule of thumb is "offers cannot be combined."

acrogodess914 wrote on January 1, 2015, 6:29 PM

If I try to use coupons at Big Lots, that is their policy there. No discounts on discounts.

Louemham wrote on January 1, 2015, 7:50 PM

I wish that I could sniff out bargains like that. However I do always check prices online for clothing. And there is also a great site called everything £ which lists great clothing for £5 an item.

acrogodess914 wrote on January 2, 2015, 5:51 AM

That doesn't sound too bad. I should check out the exchange rates from £ to $

WordChazer wrote on January 17, 2015, 12:02 AM

Agreed. My husband and I like brand sportswear graphic Ts and Ralph Lauren Polo t-shirts. In the UK the sportswear Ts are around £20 each ($30). They're a maximum of $15 in many of the outlet malls we frequent on our visits to the US. Polo Ralph Lauren t-shirts, which are my work wear of choice, are anywhere between £24 and £40 each ($36 to $60) in the UK. On our last trip they were retailing at 2 for $25 and 30% off in the sale, so 2 for $17. Needless to say, we have more or less the whole range of colors now. We buy trousers and shoes in the UK, but rarely tops, as we stock up when we're on our holidays Stateside.

shaggin83 wrote on January 28, 2015, 1:31 PM

My parents go to the outlets. I have never been there but have heard of others who go as well and the amazing deals they get. I almost never pay full price for clothing either. Sometimes I will for gifts or for clothes for Christmas for my kids pictures and for my husbands funeral. But usually I wait until I find things on sale before buying them. My mother raised me to be frugal and I learned well.