Personally, I think that is extremely sad but it is the way the world currently is.
Thing is, instead of paying $50 in my local boutique or $30 for the same dress at my local Walmart that was made in a Chinese sweatshop, why not buy it directly from the source and pay WAY less for it? That is what I have started to do and in all honesty, I'm saving quite a bit of money on clothes by doing that in addition to hitting online sales with rebates.
It takes a lot for me to come off with the money to buy clothes so when I do buy them, I'm extremely picky and also extremely careful with what I pay. For some this way of shopping may be a bother but, as I've said before, clothing is not an asset. You NEED some clothing to keep yourself warm but the amount of clothing that most of us own as individuals could clothe an entire village in some third world countries. Clothing can be a serious waste of money and, in my opinion, is one of the largest categories that drives consumerism.
So, what do I do when I need or want to buy clothes? I seriously shop around online. It is rare for me to step foot into a department store with the intention of buying clothing. Why? A few reasons:
- Walking into a clothing store and sparking your sense of touch, sound, smell and sight can spark impulse and overbuying.
- Rebates are rarely available at brick and mortar stores.
- Online stores normally have a coupon code available for a % off your purchase.
- The same quality can be purchased from overseas sellers at a fraction of the price.
- New items can be purchased on Ebay for WAY less than in stores.
I LOVE shopping site to store. That's where you purchase and pay online and then you can pick your items up at the store, usually the next day but sometimes even the same day. This feature is great because you can use a coupon code and online rebates. Plus, you are in and out of the store quickly so the chance of impulse buying is drastically reduced unless you wander off and start shopping.
I recently placed an order on the Kohl's website for a couple of dresses and shoes. This order was a bit painful because I did really pay more than I like to for this kind of stuff but I always had the option to return it directly to the store if I change my mind on any of it. I shopped clearance, used a 30% off coupon code that I found and received 6% cash back through Ebates.
Shopping the clearance and the coupon code saved me $185.50. The 6% rebate refunded another $5.00 so my total cost for what I bought was about $79.99. Not bad but not great either.
JC Penny always wants to charge me shipping for site to store so it has to be a phenomenal deal for me to even consider hitting their website. Walmart dot com is where I normally buy dog food when there are no coupons available that drive me to have to go into the store to purchase. I receive Speedway Reward points (15 for every $1 that I spend there) for the dog food. I pay online, walk into the store and go to the pickup desk and it is there waiting for me. No waiting in a checkout line and dealing with all of the idiocy that seems to plague that place.
Then there is Ebay. Ahhhh. I love Ebay and get the best deals from that site. For the past 2 years I have been able to snag a brand new pair of UGG boots for $9.99 plus shipping. Not fakes, they are real and both pair were brand new. It's amazing what you can snag from people that receive presents that they don't care for or that purchase the wrong size and don't keep the receipt.
Ebay is also good for buying directly from the source. I've recently been purchasing clothing from sellers overseas at remarkably low prices. The only difference is that I do have a wait a couple of weeks for the item to arrive but for the money that I save, it's definitely worth it.
The dress in the photo is the one that I purchased today. For $8.18 and that includes the shipping. I'm seriously looking forward to it getting here!
In a nutshell, it is easy to get an entire new wardrobe for a lot less money than what most people currently spend. I don't buy clothing very often and the past couple of weeks I have purchased more clothing that I have in the past couple of years because it's time and I need a change of scenery in my closet. At least I'm doing it at a fraction of what most people spend.
Maybe that will keep the guilty feelings to a minimum. We'll see.
Good luck and if you have any questions about anything that I've touched on in this entry, please let me know in the comments below!