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Save money on spring wardrobe

by KASEY TRENUM Scripps Howard News Service on April 19, 2013 11:00 AM

Question: How do I save on a spring wardrobe?

Answer: There are excellent ways to buy your spring wardrobe on a budget. Before you begin, there is one rule you should always follow: Set a budget before you shop and be determined to stick to it. By doing this, you are off to a good start before you even spend a dime. Pick a budget that is reasonable based on your income.

Next, when shopping online, don’t miss out on free money. “Free money” refers to the many online shopping programs that offer cash back or other monetary incentives on your purchase. You are going to be spending the money anyway, so why not be rewarded for it? offers cash back on your total purchase amount at more than 1,500 stores nationwide. Simply go to before you shop and type in a store name. You’ll then be routed to the online retailer to shop as you normally would. The cash back you earn is in addition to sales, coupon codes and other discounts. Ebates makes it possible to get more for less.

Always make sure you are in the loop with your favorite stores. Sign up for email alerts from stores for exclusive discounts and advance notice of sales. I often get fantastic discounts on new clothes during one-day-sale events, which sometimes offer up to 40 percent off and which I wouldn’t know about otherwise. By learning about deals before you shop, you will be ahead of the game and have the chance to save more money. It only takes a second to get on a mailing list, and it is worth it!

While you are shopping online, take your coupons with you. No, I am not talking about the paper coupons you clip, but online coupons that are always available to save you extra money. You don’t have to look high and low for these coupons; in fact, one or two websites will have everything you need in easily searchable databases. Search for coupon codes and free shipping discounts online at before heading out. It is never a bad idea to plan ahead. When possible, shop during end-of-season sales for next year. You are sure to find some great clearance items and simple staples that will last until next year and still look great. This suggestion works for my kids but not so much for my wardrobe because I like to shop the current season’s sales.

The key is to keep an open mind and open eyes to catch any great deals. When you find those hot clearance deals, don’t be afraid to stock up.

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