Madly in love with fashion and forever maxing out your credit card? You don’t have to send yourself bankrupt to look fabulous.
Wait for the annual sales
End of season clearance sales, end of the financial year clearance and the much-awaited Boxing Day sales can result in you saving up to more than half off the recommended retail price.
Shop at outlet centres
Every day is like shopping at a big sale. Check schedules to see if they host special outlet centre bargain days for extra savings.
Often local celebrities will clean out their closets and donate their unwanted clothing to thrift shops, so you never know what you might stumble across. Usually used clothing shops will have aisles dedicated to designer labels.
Check out online auctions
eBay is not just the place people get rid of old junk cluttering up their garage. You can get some great deals from people decluttering their wardrobes.
Become a VIP shopper
Most retailers have loyalty rewards or incentives to encourage customers to come back. Just ask at the counter. It could be 10% off your next purchase or after 10 purchases you get one item free.
Become friends with the salespeople in your favourite store. They’ll be able to give you the heads up for sales and might even let you take advantage of their staff discount.
With the Australian dollar being so strong against the US dollar, you can pick up some awesome deals via the web. With some stores, if you spend over a certain amount, shipping is free.
Look for daily deals
Sign up for daily email alerts for sales and special one-off bargains. There are lots of websites that run specials for only one or two days at a time.
Second-hand clothing stores are a great place to find unique items for next to nothing. Instead of paying $100 for a designer-branded dress, you could probably get at least two complete outfits for $100.
There’s an app for that
There are apps for almost everything these days. Check out mobile apps for your favourite stores to alert you to daily discounts or upcoming sales.
Host a clothing swap party
Invite a bunch of your girlfriends over, get them to bring all their unwanted clothes and get swapping.
Pick up affordable celebrity fashion lines
The latest celebrity look is available exclusively from Kmart. Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez, Bongo by Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson and the new sassy range of clothing by Modern Family’s Sofia Vegara are all available from Kmart at affordable prices.