Is the teenager in your life discovering the myriad wonders of ways they can express themselves through clothing? Teenagers create their identities and define themselves in a number of ways, and clothing is usually top of the list of ways how. This can become rather a scary process if they fixate on the trendiest styles for their generation, which can usually be incredibly cost prohibitive for the parents who are buying them.
Fortunately, if you're that parent, there are many deals available from trendy clothing stores (whether you shop for them in person or online) that can help you save money. Here are a few things you should look for that won't break the bank.
Free or reduced shipping.
This is the best deal around if you're shopping online. The trick is to spend enough money to qualify for free shipping without over-spending on the clothes themselves. If you're looking for free shipping for Old Navy, for instance, check out the shipping link on the home page. That should give you an idea of how much you need to spend; for many places, it's fifty dollars or more, but for the trendiest clothes, you may have to spend close to a hundred.
These are usually the best place to find affordable yet trendy clothing that is often more than fifty percent off the original price. Discount stores like Ross or TJ Maxx will often have the latest styles from recognizable brand names like Nautica or American Eagle with prices that are greatly reduced. If you aren't certain where the nearest outlets are in your area, do a quick web search.
Many stores will pick certain times of the year to have sales that will save you big bucks on current fashions. Back to school sales, usually beginning in late July or early August, will net you some fantastic deals. You should also be aware that the best time to buy clothes for summer is the winter before; conversely, you should shop for next winter at the beginning of the summer, when all of this year's clothes go on sale. Because many people shop on the weekends, stores will sometimes have markdowns during the week. Ask so you can be ready for the next big sale.
Many online stores are ready and willing to reward faithful customers with deals if they know the magic word – or sets of letters and numbers. A promo code would save you some money, for instance, if you plugged it in at the proper time. You can also sign up for an online newsletter that may offer its subscribers a screaming deal that the general public is not aware of.
Most department stores will have a clearance rack – check it out online as well! The deals are usually pretty sweet, and if you check back fairly regularly, you'll see that most clearance racks have items added to them on a daily – or almost daily – basis. Don't wait once you see something you want or the next time it will undoubtedly be gone!