Spring is coming (well, maybe I am being a bit optimistic, but it is on the way at least). If you live in the north or midwest then one of the first things you do at the start of Spring and Fall is figure out how to change your wardrobe to the new season. Even if you do not it is a good habit to get into. It is easy to get in a rut when it comes to your wardrobe. Before you know it you have items in your closet that you wouldn’t wish on your mortal enemy, and yet, you may even find yourself wearing them on “laundry day”.
It is also more expensive to never update your wardrobe. It goes back to the buying it when you need it principle. If you bought something when you needed it you probably spent too much. If you notice that your jeans are on their last leg, then replace them when you see a sale. If you wait until there is a half dollar sized whole in the butt then you will either end up spending too much or buying a low quality replacement.
It is easy to update your children’s wardrobes because you must. They grow out of their clothing (remember those days). Just because you still fit in those items from when you were in college does not mean you should wear them! This year update your wardrobe at the same time as your child’s… and do it on the cheap.
Declutter your Closet
Start by decluttering the items that you do have. Have each person in your household go through their closet and make three piles: donate, trash, and keep. Try the items on and be picky!
Once you have your “keep” pile go through it again. Maybe even have your children or significant other give their own opinion. Decide on a number that you cannot go above. The last time I decluttered my closet I found I had 18 pairs of jeans. I forced myself to choose my top 7. Decide on a number and do not allow yourself to go above that! You will feel better about yourself when you are wearing the clothing you really like anyway.
What clothing items do you Need?
Now is the fun part. What do you need? Did you find that you only have 4 good shirts? Did your favorite skirt get tossed because it is now too faded? Did the laundry monster eat half of your socks? Make a list of what each person needs and even include a few wants in case you do find a good deal (especially if those wants will become needs in the future).
Search for your fashion deals!
Purchase your new items. Below I have included a few sites that have some amazing deals right now. One of the best times to buy clothing is in between seasons (October and February). There are usually huge sales to entice the early birds to shop.
Children’s Clothing Sales
The Mini Social is an invite only site that has mostly children and maternity items (many organic clothing options). It is free to join and they offer sales at up to 70% off.
Eversave – This is a daily deals site that usually has toy, spa, or gift deals. However, I have occasionally seen a great kids clothing deal (usually organic). You will also get $3 credit when you sign up.
Zulily – This is another invite only site that is free to join. They have great children and maternity items for up to 80% off.
Adult Clothing Sales
Swirl by DailyCandy – I have been very impressed with the sales at this invite only site. It is free to join and contains mostly women’s clothing and accessories.
Clothing Deals for Everybody
Amazon – Use the coupon code PREZDAYA to get $10 off $50 or PREZDAYB to get $25 off $100. Many of the clothing items are already on sale so you can get an amazing deal.
EBillMe – EBillMe offers cash back on gift cards (double cash back on Tuesdays). There are quite a few places where you can get 20% back – including JCPenney, Amazon, and Overstock. This sets you up for a great double deal:
- Buy a $75 Amazon gift card on Tuesday and get $15 back (20%)
- Purchase $100 in clothing from amazon using the code PREZDAYB and it will cost you $75 (use the card you just bought)
- You just bought $100 in clothing for $60. You may have saved even more if you bought clothing that was on sale!