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How to Find Designer Bargains on a Budget

Published February 17, 2014

Buying designer clothes and saving money aren’t two things that typically go hand in hand. In fact, it seems like the term “designer bargains” is an oxymoron, as if those two words don’t belong in the same sentence. Kind of like “jumbo shrimp” or the “Great Depression,” it’s something that’s never really made sense. But while it’s true that designer clothes are usually more expensive, there are ways you can save. Take a look below to find new ways to dress your best for less!

Thrift Stores

Let’s preface this by saying there are two kinds of thrift stores: Salvation Army-type Goodwill stores and upscale second-hand-type stores. While the former is bound to have a few deals here and there, it’s usually the second-hand stores that carry the best merchandise.

However, just knowing these shops exist isn’t enough; you need to know when they have their sales! Most thrift stores tend to have different types of sales according to each day of the week, so get to know your favorite store, and make a mental note of when they have their sales.

Shopping in the Off-Season

While it’s easy to run to a store in June and buy swimming trunks, it takes real skill to buy a particular type of clothing a season or two in advance. Buying in the off-season not only helps you save money (since most stores tend to discount their off-season items because they aren’t popular for a particular time and date), it gives you more options of available apparel.

For example, if you buy a lawnmower in January, you can take advantage of the slow season and enjoy serious and steep discounts. Remember, stores want to unload items, and a smart shopper can save money by going in on a slow day.

Specialty Stores

Another great thrift store alternative is shopping at specialty stores. Places like T.J. Maxx, Ross or Marshalls all offer designer-brand clothing at a fraction of the price. Here, a shopper can find the same great name-brand clothes for less. These stores tend to purchase their merchandise from larger distributors that have a surplus of items, which is why specialty stores are able to offer name brand clothing at a discounted rate.

With these three simple and easy-to-follow tips, you’ll have no problem finding designer bargains on a budget. For more informative and useful money-saving tips like these, be sure to stay current with the CreditGUARD blog.

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