It has suddenly become a lot colder in the mornings. Taking the kids to school has left a lot of parents really feeling the chill in the air. If you’re already reaching for the thermostat dial and your woolly jumpers, then it’s probably time for a wardrobe change. And if you have a big family, you know that can get pretty expensive. You need to make that weak pound stretch further than your lycra leggings.
So where can you make savings? One of the first things to do is make a list. It is so tempting when you’re shopping to buy all those bargains you spot as you peruse. This can make it harder to afford the things you really need. You may be able to make the most of some of last years faves. The kids, however, will have grown out of the clothes they had twelve months ago. To make the list, you need to get the wardrobes organised so you can see what you have. Make a pile of what needs to be replaced and detail it in the list.
Now you’re armed with a list of must-haves, you can set your budget. Remember, many retailers have put prices up following the Brexit vote. You can’t rely on past experience to guesstimate the cost of things. But you can be sensible and pick a figure that is affordable to you right now. Now you’re ready to go bargain hunting for some fabulous fashion.
Start with the stores you trust the most to deliver what you need. You can always find voucher codes for discounts online. For example, you might look for Asos offers and coupons or something for Debenhams. This could give you the savings you need to purchase those essentials. There are lots of different brands out there that have offers on right now. Even mid-season shopping can be affordable if you pick the right voucher.
Of course, there are those heavenly mid-seasons and end of season sales to help. The trick is to know they are coming and get in early before all the items in your size are gone. You can use the retailer’s social media sites to find out when there are events on to save you, even more, cash. FaceBook and Twitter are used a lot in the fashion world to reveal new lines as well. Unfortunately, they’re not always keen to reveal prices so check in with their website too.
Is it cheaper to go to the store than order a delivery? Yes and no. It could be cheaper on your time to prefer one over the other. For example, if you know you need to try something on to be sure, go to the store. Sending packages back takes a lot of time and hassle you might not want. Of course, the time it takes to drive down to the store and park could be even greater!
The season change heralds new lines as well as discounts on last season fashions. You can make savings on your time and money by getting organised and finding the best bargains. In the meantime, keep warm!