If you are shopping for clothes in a retail store, don’t leave a mess in the dressing room. You are making more work for the employees, and leaving a mess for fellow customers. Keep good karma, by picking up after yourself, and removing items when you exit.
You don’t have to go crazy, but spending a few minutes searching for an online coupon code, using an offer received in the mail, or asking a sales clerk or checkout person if there are any discounts you are eligible for, could save you some money. If it takes too long to find an active code, or the process to get the discount is onerous, it may not be worth the aggravation, but a few seconds to save real dollars? Definitely worth it!
Take advantage of free shipping & returns offers from online stores. That is a great way to compare items in different sizes, colors, and even from different stores. Make sure you make any returns before the time limit is up though, otherwise you could get stuck with something you don’t want; a waste of space and money.
Buy basics (underwear, undershirts, bras, pantyhose/tights, socks, leggings, etc.) on sale or at discount or outlet stores. Since these are items that are worn year-round, and sizes tend not to fluctuate as much, stock up when you find something you like for a good price. With coupons and clearance racks, you should be able to get these items for at least 50% off.
Try not to buy clothes that require ironing at all. If you do buy something that wrinkles, hang it up on a hanger when you take it out of the washing machine. Air drying it will usually remove the wrinkles. Life is too short to be spending hours ironing.
Keep a pair of jeans around that are just a wee bit smaller than your normal size. On those rare occasions when they fit you like a glove, your heart will sing with joy. They will make you feel happy, sexy, and lean.
If the hem comes undone on your pants, or you have a split seam, instead of getting rid of your clothes (or wearing them with the flaw), simply hand stitch the seam. Anyone can learn how with patience! More complicated repair needed? You can often find seamstresses who can help alter or repair clothing for a small fee online or in your neighborhood.