10 Tips to Save Time and Money on Swimwear

The annual spend in the US on women’s two-piece bathing suits is a whopping $8 billion. That means that two-pieces make up about 60 percent of the global (yes, global) bathing suit market of $13.25 billion.

These numbers clearly show that American women spend a lot of money on swimwear. According to Slice Intelligence, last year they spent even more. Women spend an average of $78.21 per online swimsuit order.

Since the average American woman owns four swimsuits, keeping a fresh stock of new bathing suits can cost over $300 per year. For some of us, that’s a lot of money to spend on something you might only use a few times in the summer.

Since some estimates claim women spend 399 hours per year shopping in general, buying swimsuits can also be time-consuming. According to Bikyni, via Forbes.com, women dread shopping for swimsuits, which adds to the complicated process of finding the perfect fit.

That’s why this summer, Couponbox.com is here to help with some tips on how to save both time and money on swimwear. Some of these might sound obvious. But bear with us until the end. You might find the inspiration you’re looking for.

#1. Buy Off-Season

Naturally, the worst time to buy swimsuits is exactly when you need them the most, the summer. So make sure you plan ahead and go swimsuit shopping in the fall and winter to get the best prices and save the most money.

#2. Watch for Sales

Despite the fact that the seasons should dictate your swimsuit shopping patterns, there are always sales and discounts to be had. Holiday sales are probably the best time to start bikini shopping since there is always the most competition during these events.

#3. Use Coupons

We’ll never get tired of telling you about the best coupons regardless of the product you’re looking for. Like sales, there are always coupons floating around out there. We’re not ashamed to say that the best, most current ones are found on Couponbox.com.

#4. Shop Thrift Stores and Online

The big retailers are probably your first stop on the way to swimsuit heaven, but that habit can cost you. Check out thrift stores and online shops for better prices and a wider variety of options.

#5. Get Creative

Practically any piece of clothing can be a bathing suit. Both men and women just strip down to our skivvies (or skip the skivvies altogether), and others use clothing not normally labelled swimwear. These items can often be cheaper than a proper swimsuit. For example, sports bras, running shorts and other athletic clothing can be used for getting your swim on. The only limit is your creativity, and you probably have these items in your closet anyway. No purchase necessary!

#6. Try It On

This might sound obvious, but you should try on a bathing suit before you buy it. Seriously, many people forget this step, wear it once and never again because it wasn’t the right fit. Of course, you can always return it if you don’t like it, but some shops don’t allow returning used swimsuits. Save yourself some time and money by trying it on first.

#7. Take Proper Care

Many of us go shopping for swimsuits every year even though we have a closet full of old suits. We all want to wear something that looks new and fresh, but shopping isn’t always the solution. Pool chemicals and seawater can wreak havoc on your suit. Always rinse them immediately after use. Taking care of the bathing suits you currently own is an important step to saving.

#8. Mix and Match

Finding a new and fresh swimsuit does not always have to happen at the mall. It can happen at home too. Take some of those old two-pieces and mix them up. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how an old suit can become new just by switching bottoms.

#9. Share and Trade

Some of you are shuddering at the thought of sharing a bathing suit with your friends. Therefore, this one is just for those of you who really want to save on money. Most of you have friends who share your taste in clothes, including bathing suits. It seems like a shame for two friends to buy the same swimsuit just because they’re squeamish. Okay, now that I think about it, it is kind of gross. But still a great way to save!

#10. Make Your Own

This final tip on how to save money on swimsuits is also not for everyone. It requires time, dedication and a bit of creativity.  But once you get the hang of it, you can turn any piece of fabric into a bathing suit.  The cost of making your own bathing suit can be pennies on the dollar compared to buying one retail. As a matter of fact, if you get good at it, you can sell some of your creations and make money on top of saving it!

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