10 Ways to Save Money on Custom T-shirts

  1. Place your order ahead of time
  2. Customize white t-shirts
  3. Use one ink color in your design
  4. Print in one location.
  5. Order custom shirts in bulk
  6. Give everyone the same shirt
  7. Read the fine print
  8. Search for coupons
  9. Sell your custom t-shirts
  10. Work with the best company

You may be ordering custom shirts for any number of reasons – merch for your podcast, new jerseys for your baseball team, employee uniforms…the possibilities are endless. After all, everyone loves a cool t-shirt!

Here’s the thing, though. Personalized tees, or any custom products for that matter, can get pricey! You probably don’t have money growing outside in your garden, so it helps to know how you can get cheap shirts that won’t hurt your wallet.

Do you want to save on your next order of custom-t-shirts? Follow these 10 money-saving tips to get the most bang for your buck!

1. Place Your Order Ahead of Time

The early bird gets the worm…or in this case the cheap shirts! If you know you need custom t-shirts in a few months, why not get them right now? As a result, you’ll avoid paying for rush fees or dealing with any unexpected shirt shortages.

2. Customize White T-Shirts

customize white t-shirts

Back in the 50’s, James Dean and Elvis Presley rocked white short sleeve shirts. Your brand can have that cool factor too if you order cheap white t-shirts to decorate. White shirts are best if you’re on a budget since they’re often cheaper than colorful apparel.

3. Use One Ink Color in Your Design

Personalized t-shirts are awesome, but you will get charged for every ink color that you use in the print. The good news is 1 ink color is all you really need! Screen print your design in only black…or red, blue, purple, orange, blue, or any other color of your choosing. Full color printing or embroidery tend to be more expensive, so avoid these printing methods if you want to save money.

4. Print in One Location

Picture a band shirt with the album art on front and the tour dates on back. That’s not what they call “cheap t-shirt printing!” In fact, that tee likely cost a lot to make since it has a double-sided imprint. If you want to save money on your order, try printing your t-shirt design on only the front or only the back instead. Cheap t-shirts here you come!

5. Order Custom Shirts in Bulk

bulk t-shirts

You save money at Costco or Sam’s Club by buying water and toilet paper in bulk, right? The same idea holds true for cheap custom shirts. Wholesale shirts cost more upfront, but you’ll ultimately be charged less per item. In this case, the more the merrier!

6. Give Everyone the Same Shirt

Do you plan on giving custom t-shirts away for free? Everyone should get the exact same shirt! It’ll cost more money to get both men’s and women’s fits, so just order one style that works across the board. This is a bit trickier with tank tops and polo shirts, so short sleeve shirts or long sleeve shirts are best if you’re on a budget.

7. Read the Fine Print

You probably don’t want to spend all your valuable time reading policies and disclaimers, but it’s worth the effort if you want to save money on custom t-shirts. Pay attention to fees, policies related to returns, options for free shipping, and any other need-to-know information.

8. Search For Coupons

Trim a few dollars off your final shirt order total by looking for online coupons. You can check websites like Retail Me Not and Groupon, or go directly to the t-shirt printer’s site to sign up for their email list. Coupons can help you save as much as $2,600 a year, so it’s worth taking the extra time to look some up before you order.

9. Sell Your Custom T-Shirts

sell custom t-shirts

You can always sell the custom t-shirts in a gift shop or at a live event. People love swag, and if they’re a fan of your brand, they’ll want to rock your logo. Keep the prices reasonable, and you’ll make money back so you can order more cheap t-shirts in the future!

10. Work with the Best Company

With a quick Google search, you’ll find thousands of options for cheap t-shirt printing. But be careful who you end up ordering from! Many promotional products companies and screen printers will bombard you with hidden fees, or will do a bad printing job and not offer refunds. Check online reviews before you decide on the best company…(we obviously recommend Quality Logo Products)!

Final Thoughts

Cheap custom t-shirts, tank tops, and polo shirts are out there, you just have to know how to find them! Do your research, and don’t settle for a company that won’t do an amazing job on your order.

Do you still have questions about cheap shirts and wholesale orders? The team at Quality Logo Products® is always happy to help! Reach out at info@qualitylogoproducts.com, or give us a call at 1-866-312-5646.


Montaldo, D. (2019, June 25). Why Shoppers Should Use Coupons. Retrieved from, https://www.liveabout.com/why-consumers-should-use-coupons-939628

Quality Logo Products®

are experts on all things printed and promotional. Let our team of awesome, incredibly good looking, and fun promo nerds help you select awesome promotional swag today!