The Winter weather is vastly approaching, the days are getting shorter, soon the leaves will be falling off the trees and the colder weather will begin settle in. Wherever you are in the country, we all need winter clothes. We especially need those Winter essentials such as coats, boots and jumpers, and unfortunately, they don’t come cheap. In fact, on average your Winter wardrobe costs three times more than your Summer wardrobe and that’s a lot of money to spend on keeping warm. Whether you looking to add a few more up to season pieces to your collection or completely revamp your wardrobe this winter, we can help you save money all by telling you the best ways to shop.
Vinted, eBay and Depop
If you’re looking to get a great deal on a few items, then why not try the following sites:
Vinted allows you to buy, sell and your swap clothes online with other Vinted users. A lot of the items available on Vinted are either second hand or new and have never been worn, so you’ll find that you’ll be able to get new and almost new at a heavily discounted price compared to shops. So, whether your looking to buy new clothes, sell your old clothes or even swap an item for with another you like from another user, you’re bound to make an excellent saving on any items you get.
Vinted is available online and as an app, free to download from Google Play and the App Store.
Now, while eBay may be a golden oldie, it’s still a goodie for finding them bargains. eBay is not only great for selling unwanted furniture but it’s also a great way of buying clothes second hand, and in a lot of cases a lot of the items that are sold are unworn and still have the labels still attached! One of the best ways to get cheap clothes on eBay is to go to the category you wish to purchase and see what items are ending soon. If you like any items then you can try to get a last-minute winning bid before the auction is up. However, if last minute bidding isn’t your thing, don’t worry you’ll still be able to find yourself a bargain on many other items without last minute bidding.
eBay is available online and as an app, free to download from Google Play and the App Store.
Just because you want to save doesn’t always mean you want to save on style! Depop is a great way of finding hidden gems that other users are selling, so if you’re looking to find a one of a kind or a rare item, then Depop is definitely the place for you. You’ll be able to find great deals on lots of vintage and branded second hand clothing, however you can expect that there will be a premium for those extra special items. So, if you’re looking for a special item or a branded name, then why not try Depop.
Depop is available online and as an app, free to download from Google Play and the App Store.
Try Looking in Second-hand and Charity Shops
Although some people are a little sceptical about using second hand and charity shops, you’re actually likely to find some of the best bargains there. Charity shops such as Oxfam, The British Heart Foundation, Sue Ryder and much more have a wide variety of all manner of items that have been donated. In fact, many items that have been donated are unused, meaning that you could find yourself a brand-new coat or a pair of boots that someone had no use for.
An added bonus is that any money you spend in these shops will go to a great cause and it shows your support and appreciation for those volunteers who give up their time to work there, so why not pop your head into your local charity shop and see if you could secure yourself a bargain.
Use Honey When Online Shopping
As the weather gets colder and colder, rarely do we feel like going outside to gallivant around in the cold in the pursuit of the perfect winter jumper. Meaning that a lot of us tend to do our winter clothes shop online, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on any great instore discounts.
By adding the Honey add-on to your internet browser, you can do your shopping online, and when it comes to the checkout process, the app will pop up and tell you whether they have any available coupons to your purchase. Honey can even see whether the coupon you’ve added to your purchase is the best coupon code available and can change it to a better one if it thinks it can get you a better saving.
Honey is available to download for free for Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Opera.
Student? Get a TOTUM Card
If you’re at University then you need all the help you can get, when buying your winter clothes as it’s not an expense that your student budget will be able to take lightly. Luckily enough you can full advantage of one of the best cards that is available to students, the National Union of Students Card also referred to as a TOTUM card. A TOTUM card, previously called a NUS Extra card, helps you receive student discounts on 200 UK instore and online shops, and it doesn’t only stop at clothes. You can also buy food, days out, books, train tickets, insurance and gadgets at discounted prices, all for the cost of £12 for a year, £22 for 2 years or £32 for 3 years, and with all the savings your set to make, why not?!
Shop in the Preseason and After-season
During winter is not always the best time for you to grab yourself a bargain on winter clothing! Instead try shopping in the preseason and after season sales and store away your clothing for the upcoming or following winter. If you’re worried about wardrobe space, you can always purchase plastic storage boxes and vacuum pack storage bags to stow away your items until you need them, you can also do this in the winter with your summer items to save you space in the winter!
Get rid of clothes you don’t need
If you’ve got items that you’re not wearing and you don’t plan on wearing any time soon, then why not find that item of clothing a loving new home? There are many ways you can do this and make money or even swap out your item of clothing as we mentioned previously on Vinted. By making money on your old clothes you can utilise the money straight away and spend the money on getting yourself some nice warm clothes!
So now you’ve read all our top tips on how to save on your winter clothes, the only thing that’s left for you to do is try these options out, happy shopping!