According to an analysis conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of $1,700 a year on clothing and accessories. If you want to bring that number down, but still dress stylishly, we offer the following suggestions:
- Buy generic basics – You don't need t-shirts and sweatpants from a luxury designer. Most big-box stores carry these items at an affordable price.
- Know what you need to buy – We almost always go to the supermarket with a concrete idea of what we need to purchase. You should do the same thing at a clothing store – make a list and try to stick to it.
- Purchase out-of-season items – Buying a coat in July or a swimsuit in December will usually be cheaper because retailers are eager to move these types of products off the shelves.
- Use coupons – There are multiple websites dedicated to finding clothing store coupons. Be sure you know where the best discounts are before heading into any store.
- Visit non-traditional retail outlets – You're most likely not going to get the best deal at a department store in a mall, but there are plenty of other places you can go to find high-quality clothing. Discount retailers like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx sell name-brand items for a fraction of the suggested price. Additionally, you could go to thrift stores, which sell older and newer items at a discount.
With the these money-saving tips, it's possible that you'll have enough left in your budget to purchase a new life insurance policy or increase your current coverage. For a term life insurance quote, use our online quote engine to explore which life insurance policies may fit your needs.