The current inflation doesn’t allow anyone to overspend. Nothing can be worse than buying something only to discover later that you could have purchased it for much less elsewhere. Continue reading and learn how to shop without overspending.

1. Request Discounts

While it is easy to key in discount codes on a search engine, most of us often accept the listed prices without negotiating. Most people feel that asking for discounts is wrong or impolite but there’s nothing wrong with requesting for discounts. To get discounts, check online whether the store you want to purchase from offers discounts. If you haven’t checked and you’re about to make a purchase, ask whether the store offers any discounts or if there are any promotions. Keep in mind that cash is always king and you will be more likely to get discounts if you pay in cash.

2. Buy From New Brands

Although you may feel comfortable purchasing from already established brands because their outfits will fit you perfectly, their prices may be higher. However, startup businesses may offer quality clothes that even exceed that of expensive brands for much less. Start-up businesses know that they have to give discounts than well-established brands to attract more customers.

3. Ask For Free Clothing

The best way to avoid overspending is not to spend at all. Most people often throw away the clothes that they don’t want. Start by speaking to your friends, colleagues, and family, and share with them your plan and the outcome will surprise you.

4. Shop At A Thrift Store

Another way you can avoid overspending is by visiting thrift stores. These are goldmines that most people overlook. Thrift stores are often stocked with expensive goods that high-income earners don’t need anymore, and you will most likely find quality products at a fraction of the value. When visiting a new town, remember to check out the nearby thrift stores and you may be surprised by what you find.

5. Buy Timeless And Interchangeable Pieces

Fashion is always changing which explains why you no longer see people wearing skinny jeans or flared trousers that used to trend a few years ago. However, true style is everlasting and never goes out of fashion. For instance, the suit hasn’t changed for the last 50 years. You can comfortably wear a suit that was made in the 70s and still look great.

If you decide to purchase a classic suit today, the initial cost may be higher but you will save more eventually because your suit will still look great 10 to 30 years later. You should also consider having an interchangeable wardrobe. This simply means purchasing items that work together and complement each other.

6. Always Keep Receipts

You most likely have purchased something on impulse. Perhaps the item looked good while in the store but after arriving home it didn’t please you. Keeping your receipt safe will enable you to put the clothes back into the bag and ship them back before the return window expires. In case the return date has already expired, you can still take your clothes back and ask to speak to the manager. While sometimes a refund may not be possible, you might be allowed to change it for another item you like in the store.

7. Get a “Hit-List” of Basic Pieces

Every gentleman should have some specific items in the wardrobe. A hit-list includes all the items that you may need in order to build your main wardrobe and act as versatile layering pieces. To avoid overspending, always stick to your hit-list. A hit-list will help you avoid the temptation of walking into a store to purchase clothes that aren’t appropriate for your wardrobe and that will most of the time sit in your wardrobe gathering dust. Always remember that the most expensive clothes you own are those that you don’t wear.

8. Work In A Retail Store

This doesn’t mean that you should quit your current job for you to save more on clothes. However, working part-time in a retail store will help you get access to discounts and deals within the industry. If you love being well-dressed, you can consider your new part-time job a paid hobby. Additionally, working in the industry will give you an opportunity to learn how you can up your style further.

If you’re unable to work part-time, you can create friends and build up contacts of people working in the industry. Develop relationships with these people and they will always put the best things aside for you and even alert you when sales come up.

Being smart will help you save big. Use the above tips to set aside money for only the necessary wardrobe items or to make a special purchase later on.