Shopping on a Budget

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I remember being a recent college graduate and not having any idea on where to find a reasonably priced suit or work clothes. Generally, I suggest that college students and recent graduates spend wisely, especially if you are already in debt and paying for an apartment, car, and bills. I've heard many suggestions for finding clothes that are on the cheaper side, but if you are planning to work in an office that requires frequent use of a suit, I recommend getting one that is more expensive, but will last. I know of a few stores that have washable suits (which will cut down on dry-cleaning bills) and discounted tailoring, so make sure you ask when you're looking.

I also read a great article that had useful information. There are so many suggestions I had never thought of, including, where you can list items you need and trade your items. I also recommend having a clothing swap party with people who are a bit more established in their careers. If you are the same size, you can swap your non-work clothes for some gently-worn work clothes.

Other great suggestions are looking at thrift stores, consignment shops, and discount clothing stores. Though these places take a while to sort through, you will often find worthwhile merchandise. I also recommend outlet shopping for getting basics like shoes, collared shirts, and cardigans.

Lastly, make sure you understand your future work environment. Creative fields typically have a more laid-back dress code, so don't overspend on dressy work clothes until you speak to human resources.

Good luck! And please post any other suggestions for finding work clothes.

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Amy Muldoon graduated from Penn State University in 2005 and worked in corporate public relations for three years before returning to graduate school to become an English teacher. Her strengths include: drafting speeches, writing talking points for media interviews, making corporate presentations, and writing for publications.

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