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Clothing Shopping For Bargain Hunters Like Me

Published 10/30/07 (Modified 3/9/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

I'm your typical guy. I enjoy following sports and I generally find shopping to be tedious and sort of boring. I can handle online shopping, but clothing shopping at a brick and mortar store for me is a major hassle and I always feel like I'm getting ripped off. $80 for a sweater...oh my. $65 for a dress shirt...goodness gracious. $65 for a pair of khaki pants...holy...

The scary part is that these are prices for men's clothing. I can only imagine how much women have to pay for their clothes. Historically, women's clothing have always been much more expensive than that of men's. Who knows why - material maybe? But that's a discussion for another later day.

I Prefer Shopping Online

So where does a reasonably frugal person like me shop? Well I'm definitely a point and click shopper. I do the vast majority of my shopping online since it's much more convenient and substantially cheaper as well. But clothing is one of those things that you really need to try on before you buy. Fit is important and frequently, clothes look different online and in magazines than they do when you're wearing them.

Malls Are Not My Thing

I enjoy the mingling feel at I get when I'm at the local mall but I really can't stand shopping there for too long. Shopping at the mall wears me out physically and I just don't have the stamina for it. The funny thing is that I like to run and have no problem running half marathons, but I just can't keep up with the seasoned shoppers. Can't explain why. Most of the time that I go is to accompany the girlfriend, or I have to buy a last minute present for someone, and don't have time to order online and have it delivered.

I Like Outlets

For clothing shopping, I prefer sticking to the outlets like Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx and Filene's Basement (with preference in that order). These outlet stores buy up manufacturers' post season, over run, and close out stock items and offer them at very attractive prices. Most of the items are also frequently brand name and not just generic.

I enjoy the hunt and love being able to find brand name bargains. If you are not very particular about what you must buy, then outlets may be for you. At outlet shops, the clothing turnover is high and you never quite know what they'll have, so it's best to visit periodically. Popular sizes can also be harder to find but true bargains can be easily found. I get almost all of my dress shirts for work at Marshalls. I can buy a brand name shirt for $15, where the exact same item would cost over $50 at a department store like Macy's. Outlet prices will almost always beat any discount sales offered at full price department stores.

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8 Responses to “Clothing Shopping For Bargain Hunters Like Me” 

  1. BuildAndSucceed says:

    Yeah it's not very often that I go shopping for clothes... But when I need clothes for work I usually go to Marshalls or Express. Marshalls has good prices on shirts and ties and stuff. With Express I just like the quality and fit of the shirts. I haven't ever really tried buying clothes online because I don't want to deal with returning if it doesn't fit. I guess I'd buy t-shirts online.
    Great blog by the way.

  2. Mrs. Micah says:

    Mr. Micah likes Marshalls as well. He's not out for anything fancy, so as long as we can find a pair of pants that fit, it's all good. We haven't done dress shirts there, but that's a good idea. :-)

    Women's clothes are outrageously overpriced. There's really no point anymore...makes one want to wear a bathrobe 24/7.

  3. Kyle @ Rather-Be-Shopping says:

    Ross is a great place to put together a business wardrobe without going broke! I wish we had a Marshalls in our town well.

  4. savvyshopper67 says:

    I am a huge fan of this store called Susie's Deals!

    They carry clothes for everyone, men's, women's, and kids too. I always know that I can walk in to one of their stores a come out with a big bag of really cute stylish stuff for $25! Everything in the store is sold for $5.99 or less and you can even find things that are 2 for $5.99!

    I have bought some really nice name brand things at this store and given them to friends and family for Christmas. People have NO idea that these nice items only cost me $5.99 each .. It's Awesome!

    I urge you to check them out, because you only have one store on your site that carries clothing and this store appeals to everyone! And they have a web site where you can also shop online or snatch an e-coupon to use at the store, and if you spend $50 the shipping is FREE which is a definite plus!

    Their web site is (link) they have store in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah too.

  5. doctorshop44 says:

    Ya, i love that store susie's deals! I bought some scrubs and my sister buys clothing all the time. It has great prices and great quality. I highly recommend it

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  7. ypE91A says:

    Hey good blog thinking about getting my started as i just lost my job last month:(.....

  8. Hannah says:

    Shopping online is really convenient and cheap but, also has a disadvantage in the shipping when you live in a different country.

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