Easy ways to save money on bridesmaids dresses

Buying a bridesmaid's dress can be stressful. If you're limited to one style and color, it can be hard to feel the joy you normally get in shopping. Plus, there's the cost.

Thankfully, there are countless ways you can save money on your bridesmaid's dress. You may not like how you look in it, but you'll love the price. Read below to see some of the ways you can get a great deal.

Buy discounted gift cards

There are lots of websites like CardPool and Gift Card Granny where you can buy gift cards to hundreds of different stores. The amount you save can range up to 15% off the total price. If you're buying a dress for $150, that means you could save up to $22.50. Whether you're a bride picking up the tab for your friends, a bridesmaid buying your own dress or even a guest who wants to score a great deal on a snazzy new outfit, this is an easy and painless way to save some money.

A friend of mine said she was using this method to save money on bridesmaids' dresses (she's picking up the tab for all five girls, but still wanted to get a great deal).

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Sign up for the store's e-newsletter

Most stores offer you a coupon once you give them your email address. It might be annoying to get daily emails about new sales and deals, but you can score some great coupon codes by checking those emails. Most of them time they'll include one with your first email, so you can unsubscribe immediately if you want to.

Scour the internet for coupons

Sites like RetailMeNot keep track of all store coupons so you can check before you buy. Sometimes the offer will be for free shipping, other times it'll be an extra 30% off. It only costs you some time to look here before you make your purchase.

Ask if there are any deals

Often stores will have promotions if you buy a certain number of dresses. Or they can let you know when they expect an item to be on sale. Being polite can often save you lots of money. Salespeople want to help you and can offer ideas how you can find a great deal – even if it's not at their store.

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Look on eBay

I had my bridesmaids wear different dresses, so some looked on eBay and thrifted websites to find their dresses. I even found my wedding dress brand new on eBay – and saved more than $200! If your bride is flexible about your dresses, you can look online to see if someone is selling a used one. Most of the time they're only worn once so you don't have to worry about quality.

You can also check out your local consignment stores. I've discovered ones that are specifically tailored toward weddings and include a bevy of bridesmaid dresses.

Buying a bridesmaid's dress should be an exciting time. You're buying a dress that will be reflected in pictures for decades to come and you're fulfilling your friend's vision of her wedding day. Use the tips above and you'll feel less stressed about your dress.

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