Last month I shared some of my tried and true tricks for saving money on stuff. I'm a lazy shopper — a patron who is all too happy to pay convenience fees — so these tricks weren't exactly ground-breaking, but they were simple. And apparently effective, because the whole exercise turned into a proof of concept. At least for Tips One and Two, combined here:
Only buy clothes on clearance ... in bulk(ish).
A quick reminder on my thought process:
Whenever I need new clothes, I log onto my favorite retailers' website and only buy items on sale ... I said "whenever I need new clothes" because I try not to make a habit of clearance surfing. If I was hitting up my favorite retailer's site every day for deals, I would spend more, not less, just for the love of a discount (and clothes). Plus, if I wait until I need multiple items, I'll spend enough to skip the shipping fees ... without spending enough just to skip the shipping fees.
For research purposes, I visited my favorite retailer's website. I wanted to confirm the amount of money I was saving by buying only clearance stuff ... but I also found a lot of nice stuff on clearance.
Two pairs of leggings and a T-shirt later, I was climbing kind of, sort of close to the store's $100 free shipping minimum. So I went ahead and tossed three more T-shirts into my basket.
That's technically following my second unofficial rule of shopping: buy in bulk. Plus, two pairs of leggings and four T-shirts for $107.46 felt like a steal. But it doesn't change the fact that I was buying clothes I didn't need or budget for.
Bottom line: Impulse shopping is real, especially online. Free shipping is only free shipping if you spend less than the extra fee to get it and deals or coupons are dangerous, so shop carefully, my friends.
Looking for easy ways to bank more dollars that you (hopefully) won't put toward impulse shopping? We've got five ways to save more in five minutes or less here.
Image: Emir Memedovski