The Best Clothes Shopping Tips

In reality these days, people are getting better and better when it comes to clothes shopping. Why pay the full amount, when you can use a few little strategies and get the same clothes for 10, 20, and 50 percent or more off the retail price? So what should we do? I am going to give you my secrets to help you become a better shopper and save your money.

Clothes shopping tip one: Go clothes shopping toward the end of the season. I would buy my spring and summer attire, in July or August rather than in March, when the prices are highest. You are going to get most of the wear out of these new clothes the following season, it is OK when you look at the payoff.

Many of us are programmed to walk in to a store, look at a nice pair of pants on the rack priced at $80, and say, “That is the price I have to pay for those pants.” When the truth is, clothing stores are desperate, they have to move all that merchandise, and they will give you discounts, if you know how to take advantage of clothing store policies.

Clothes shopping tip two: Take a full price outfit to the checkout counter and ask if they can hold it for you until it goes on sale, in most cases they do not sell out of your size. Or buy the outfit and wait a few weeks until the clothes goes on sale, then you go to the register and ask for credit. Make sure to keep your receipt. You also have to make sure that the sale is within the stores return/exchange grace period. Make friends with a sales person at your favorite clothing store. This sales person would keep you updated on the current sales. Because it is harder to make a sale these days, most likely she or he would make the effort.

Clothes shopping tip three: Buy your clothes online and you will get a much better discount, the clothing market is overflowing with merchandise that need to be unloaded. This is very good news for you because you can buy almost any designer clothing at a big discount. When you go to a store and purchase something you pay premium pricing because you are also paying for all the stores overhead costs such as rent, employees etc. So go to your favorite store, find the designer clothing you like, take notes on designer name, description and size of the clothing. Then go home and search online for the designer. If the outfit is in the stores for one or two months, you will be able to buy it online for up to 70 percent off. Do not wait to find the best discounts on clothes shopping here.

Easy Holiday Shopping Tips

This article is the second in a series about taking the pain out of the traditional Christmas shopping extravaganza using easy holiday shopping tips. In the first article, I suggested getting an early start with your shopping by planning three months of gift gathering or more, depending on your budget.

You may need six months if you have a larger list or more expensive gifts. But if you plan well and start early, you can be finished before the holiday season begins and then, you’ll get to enjoy it. Imagine actually noticing everything this year, spending more time with your family and less time at the mall.

Here’s how to do it…

First Month

During this first month, you should create your gift list and perhaps take a poll of your friends and family so no one is screaming silently because they got socks!

Once you have your list made, you can begin to look for the best price and most convenient way to purchase the gifts. You might consider shopping online to avoid going from place to place to place, but make sure you do not end up paying a lot more due to shipping or inflated pricing.

Divide up the list so that you are paying the same amount each month, and if you wrap the gifts as you bring them home, you will avoid that late-night misery where it is just you and the twinkling lights wrapping away as you listen to that orchestra that plays Christmas music on into the wee hours.

Second Month

Obviously, it is going to be rinse and repeat during this month but you also may want to consider revisiting the list to make sure you did not forget anyone important. I also like to buy two or three gifts that are not designated just in case someone hands me a gist unexpectedly. I hate having to say, “but I didn’t get you anything!”

If you did not wrap last month’s gifts, you can still add them in and wrap them with this month’s.

Another thing to think about: are you going to be throwing or going to any Christmas parties? If so, look for room in your paycheck for anything new you will need to buy either to wear or to bring. Clothes, holiday decorations, etc.

Third Month

This month should be the home stretch of your holiday shopping! Purchase the remaining third of the items on your gift list and wrap them and make sure you haven’t left anything out.

10 Online Shoe Shopping Tips

Tip #1 – Know Your Feet.

The best way to buy shoes that will fit your feet properly is to take their shape into consideration. Do you feet spill out of the sides of most shoe styles? Then try wide-width shoes.

Do you have a problem with gapping on the sides of your shoes? Perhaps a narrow-width shoes will help.

Are your toes short and stubby? Then pointy shoes might not be right for you. Considering the shape of your feet will help you buy great fitting shoes almost every time.

Tip #2 – Take a Hint From the Shoes You Already Own.

Take your favorite pair of shoes and study them. Ask yourself why they fit your foot so well. Is it because the toe is square instead of pointy? Is the material soft and has molded to the shape of your foot?

Once you know why your best fitting pair of shoes fit so well, find shoes that have a similar design or are made from similar materials, and you shouldn’t have too many problems ordering great fitting shoes online.

Tip #3 – Find a Designer Whose Shoes Work For Your.

Most shoe manufacturers and designers tend to cut their shoes consistently. Compile a list of shoe manufactures that make shoes that fit your feet well, and search their online stock for that next great pair of pumps.

Etienne Aigner is one of the shoe manufacturers on my “list”, and whenever I search online for a new pair of shoes, I see what they offer first. Nine times out of ten, their shoes fit my feet like a glove (or perhaps I should say they fit like a sock).

Tip #4 – Are Cheap Shoes Really a Bargain?

Everyone loves a bargain, but are you really saving money by buying those $39.95 pleather pumps that hurt your feet and looked trashed after only wearing them a few times. Instead of buying cheap shoes for little money, its better to buy quality shoes on sale. With proper care, quality shoes will feel and look good for years.

Tip #5 – Try On In a Store then Buy Online.

I love to scout out a great pair of shoes at the local mall and them buy them online for less. No tax, and free shipping will make almost any pair of shoes cheaper if you buy it online.

Tip #6 – Shop at Reputable Online Shoe Stores.

Make sure to buy from reputable online shoe merchants that have clearly marked return policies and secure web sites.

Tip #7 – Read Online Shoe Reviews.

Many web sites feature product reviews written by customers. Shoe Reviews will give you an idea of the fit and quality of the shoes reviewed.

Tip #8 – Keep Hosiery & Socks In Mind.

When you’re buying a new pair of shoes, keep the kind of hosiery or socks you intend to wear with your new shoes in mind. For example, if you are buying a pair of boots to wear in bad weather, you might want to wear a warm, thick pair of socks with them. So buy the boots a size larger to accommodate the socks.

Tip #9 – Can You Walk in Those Heels?

If you’ve never worn a pair of 4 inch stiletto heeled pumps before, its best to try a pair on at a brick and mortar store before you buy them on line.

Tip #10 – Don’t Spend More Then You Can Afford.

Just because those $325 dollar Bruno Magli Nazli Pumps are just a click and a credit card away, don’t spend more than you can afford. Believe me, I know how addictive online shoe shopping can be!