November 23, 2014

Best Time to Buy Jeans

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Looking to stock up on a fresh pair of denim jeans? Maybe yours are a bit outdated, worn from excessive wear, or no longer conform to your body type. Whatever the reason, you'll want to find a decent deal for your jeans. You just need to know when to go out and buy your next pair.

Look for Denim in June and July

When most shoppers are looking at the latest flip-flop styles and swimsuits, head over to the jeans rack and see what you can find. School shopping hasn’t yet started (when everyone will be looking for jeans), so you should be able to find discounts of up to 60% off. Select retailers, such as Kmart, occasionally offer “buy one get one” deals on denim during this time of year.

Head Out in October

Back to school shopping season is over, which means all that denim that had been in hot demand earlier in the fall is lying largely untouched at your favorite retailer, ready for you to pounce. Expect a bunch of options to choose from and rock-bottom prices as many shoppers take a break from buying clothes between now and right before the holidays. Look for discounts of 40-50% off.

How to Save Money Buying Jeans

  • Build in some time for trying on jeans.
    Don’t make the mistake of grabbing a pair without trying them on. This is especially true at discount retail outlets, like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, which offer price reductions ranging from 25% to 75% on designer jeans. While those prices are nice, the brands are going to vary and so could the sizes. Give yourself time to try on a pair that will fit you nicely and save yourself the trouble of having to return a frumpy pair. The cost of gas and your time for going back to the store could wipe out any savings you had earned in the first trip.

  • Keep your eye out for department store clearance events.
    Be on the lookout for the additional 30% off already reduced items; jeans commonly show up in the summer and early spring.

  • Take advantage of seasonal sales.
    The end of summer and winter sales typically start in July and January, respectively. During these events, you can save anywhere from 30% to 60% off the retail price.

  • Buy mid-season.
    Approximately six weeks after the merchandise hits the shelves, retailers start marking down idle inventory in preparation for new arrivals. The longer the denim remains on the rack, the lower the price will go.

  • Give to yourself during the holidays.
    Popular sales holidays throughout the year, such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day, also present optimal opportunities to rack up on deals. Reasoning? While everyone else is scouring the shelves for electronics and more pricey items, you can search for great deals on stylish jeans without all the distractions from anxious shoppers.

  • Get social.
    Newsletters and social media updates give you first dibs on upcoming markdowns from your favorite retailers, and you can also receive electronic coupons for upcoming sales.

  • Shop on Thursday nights.
    Weekend sales start on Thursdays, so head to the stores during the evening hours before the influx of shoppers. You’ll avoid messy racks and get first dibs on reduced-price denim.

Allison Martin is a contributing writer at CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison and reviews website. Write to Allison Martin at Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for our latest posts.

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