Last updated on January 1st, 2020 at 12:10 pm
A swimsuit is an essential piece of clothing for summer fun–but they can be an expensive purchase. They don’t have to be, though. Follow these 15 money saving tips for swimsuits and save fifty percent or more on the purchase of your next swimsuit.
15 Ways To Save Money On A Swimsuit
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1. Buy High Quality
Yes, high-quality swimsuits do cost more, but they last several seasons longer than those of cheaper quality. I buy either a Speedo brand or Nike for lap swimming. When I am not wearing a swimsuit for exercise purposes, I am usually found wearing a Lands’ End tankini style swimsuit.
These brands last me for years, so many years, in fact, that often I donate my casual wear swimsuits with years left in them just because I am bored of wearing them. I know a thrifty ninja just admitted to doing something not so frugal, but I rarely pay more for these high-quality suits than one would if they walked into Walmart and purchased one of their inexpensively made suits full price –in fact most times I pay way less. To me, my savings justifies my habit of donating my suits after wearing them for three summers in a row.
2. Take Care Of It
The key to getting your money’s worth out of any swimsuit is to make sure that you always rinse it and hang it to drip dry after each wearing. When you need to wash it, follow the manufactures instructions that probably include washing it in cold water on a gentle cycle. Before you place it in the washer, consider putting it in a mesh laundry bag like this one so that you can easily spot it and retrieve it when you are moving the laundry from the washer to the drier to ensure that it gets hung up to dry.
3. Buy It At The End Of Summer
This tip right here is crucial to saving more than 50% on a swimsuit. Always pick out your swimsuit for the following season at the end of this season. I did this for my children when they were little. I also do it sometimes for myself for years, although I do tip 15 on this list for most of my Lands’ End suits.
4. Use A Cash Back Site Or App
If you are going to shop online for a swimsuit, make sure to check cash back sites to see if you can earn some cash back on your purchase.
I have these three companies’ web browsers installed on Chrome so that I am alerted instantly to cash back deals and can apply the one that offers the highest rate to my order.
- Ebates–-now called Rakuten. Often offers the highest cash back rate of the three on my list, but your account does have to have a $5 balance to earn a cash out and they only do payouts once a quarter. Go here to sign up for Rakuten.
- Swagbucks–So much more than a survey site, Swagbucks offers SB points back on purchases. You can trade in for gift cards and gift cards start at 300 SB points. SB points add up quick when you participate in a few quick and straightforward ways to earn them. Go here to sign up for Swagbucks and download their browser tool.
- MrRebate--This rebate company doesn’t get as much attention as I think it deserves. It offers cash back at a wide selection of stores and you can cash out as soon your account hits $10. Once you do cash out, it doesn’t take long to receive your payout. Go here to sign up for MrRebate.
5. Use A Promo Code
Lately, I have fallen in love with Honey! This browser tool does all the work of applying all the possible promo codes for the place you are shopping at online for you. In one month I saved over $40 on my online orders using Honey–I saved $20 on one order. Go here to create an account with Honey and make sure to download their browser tool.
ThredUp is an online consignment store that offers an extensive new with tags section. This is where I get most of my workout clothing–and I get quality name brand NWT items for great prices. They also have plenty of NWT swimwear.
You can get $10 worth of credit to ThredUp when you use this referral link of mine (I get $10 too, so it is a win-win for both of us!).
I recently used Poshmfark to score a pair of brand new Birkenstock sandals for summertime for 50% off of retail. Poshmark offers way more than footwear, though, it also offers swimwear.
Right now, Poshmark is offering $10 off your first order when you use my referral code SNAILPACER during the sign-up process in their app. (limited time only).
Zulily offers great deals on name brand items, including swimwear. What they offer depends on the day as it is similar to a daily deal site, except that deals usually last several days.
9. Use A Gift You Earned Through A Point Program
Some companies offer either a website or an app or both that you can use to perform simple tasks and earn gift cards in return. Some ways to earn you might be doing already for free, like searching the web or shopping online (remember Swagbucks offers cash back for online purchases).
Here are three-point reward programs that I think offer the simplest ways to earn points and don’t make you earn a trillion points before you can cash out for a gift card (Swagbucks isn’t mentioned simply because I already mentioned it).
- InstaGC — read my tutorial on how to use InstaGC here
- PrizeRebel — read my tutorial on how to use PrizeRebel here
- MyPoints — read my tutorial on how to use MyPoints here
10. Buy It On Sale
If you can’t wait until swimsuits are on deep clearance in late August or early September, try to wait until they go on sale. You probably won’t save more than 50% this way, but you will save some money and every bit adds up.
If you are interested in a specific swimsuit at a particular store, sign up for their newsletter and chances are you will be alerted to sales, and hopefully one of those sales includes the swimwear you are interested in.
11. Check TJ Maxx And Check In On The Shopkick App While You Are There
TJ Maxx is my go-to for items I need right this minute. So if you have put off swimsuit shopping to the day before a beach vacation, head to TJ Maxx first and hopefully they will have what you need for a lower price than what you might find elsewhere.
While you are there, open up the Shopkick app and see if they are offering any walk-in points. If you don’t know what Shopkick is, read my tutorial on how to earn gift cards using Shopkick.
12. Submit Your Receipt To These Apps
Receipt Apps are for more than just grocery stores; there are several that can work on almost any purchase.
- CoinOut–So simple to use, snap a picture of almost any receipt and earn money. Use this invite link to gain an access code to the CoinOut app, then go ahead and download the app to your smartphone.
- Receipt Hog–Earn spins for most clothing store receipts and then randomly earn points from those spins. Sign-up for Receipt Hog here enter my referral code YECT1667 during signing up in the app and receive a few free spins.
- Ibotta–Earn cash back on certain purchases at certain stores. Sign-up for Ibotta here.
13. Stack The Savings
So here are examples of how this thrifty ninja stacks savings:
- Find the item I want on clearance or at least on sale.
- Click the Honey browser tool to see if I can use a promo code to lower the price.
- Click one of the previously mentioned browser tools to see if I can get a cash back on top of my promo.
- See if I have enough points at either PrizeRebel or InstaGC to cash out for a gift card to the store I am shopping at (Because I am a Diamond member at PrizeRebel I get instant rewards and InstaGC offers instant cash outs to all their members).
- If I am shopping at Amazon, I will choose the no-rush shipping option so that I can receive a $1 promotional credit towards an ebook purchase (this is something they offer Prime Members at the time of the writing of this article).
- Open up the Shopkick App as I walk in the door to see if there are check-in points.
- Find the item I want on clearance or at least on sale.
- See if the store has a free rewards app or free rewards program I can sign up for if I am not a member already. These programs often offer sign-up incentives and as well as coupons and discounts for members.
- After I get home, I will upload the receipt into CoinOut and Receipt Hog and I will check to see if Ibotta is offering any in store cash back for the store I shopped at.
14. Swap The Suits You Are Bored With
So not everyone is comfortable with wearing a secondhand swimsuit and I respect that. I too had an aversion to them for a good portion of my life–read how I got over it in point 15. For those of you that are not afraid of wearing a secondhand suit, consider hosting a swimsuit swap with friends at the start of every season. This idea won’t work if your suit is worn out, but it will work great for those of you whose suit lasts for years, but you get bored with it after one summer.
15. Shop Secondhand
I use to have an aversion to secondhand swimsuits, and then my husband and I booked a seven-day anniversary trip to Jamaica and I desperately wanted to bring along more than the one swimsuit I owned, but it was June and all the swimsuits were priced higher than I wanted to spend–even with several thrifty ninja tips up my sleeve.
So I got over my dislike of wearing of secondhand clothing that touches intimate parts of my body and marched into my favorite Goodwill location where I found several like new Lands’ End swimsuit tops and bottoms that I could mix and match all week long during our summer getaway priced at under $4 each. I tried them on over my undergarments and took those that fit well home and gave them a good washing just like I do any other secondhand item I buy.
When nothing at all happened to me from wearing these suits, I was cured of my silly notion that you should not buy secondhand swimsuits and have gone on to purchase several more. Thanks to this tip I now usually have at least three like new name brand swimsuit tops and bottoms that I can mix and match all summer long in my wardrobe at all times.
I hope this list of 15 items help you get the swimsuit you love for a sweet deal!
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