Shopping on a budget.
Are you someone who loves shopping but also loves to SAVE money? This post is for you! I share helpful tips to help you shop on a budget!
Staying up to date with the latest fashion trends can be a bit pricey. It's something I learned over time being a fashion blogger, however, you don’t need to buy everything to have everything. Although I love fashion and love shopping, I love being able to save money a lot more. I mean, who said you had to pay hundreds of dollars to be in the latest trends when you can save money and STILL be a fashion inspiration??
Tip #1: Set a budget for the day
My first tip for you is to set a budget for yourself. There are times when I spontaneously go to the mall and I'm sure most of us do, but even before you walk out your front door, set a realistic budget for the day. Once you begin shopping, you'll have that number floating around your head. Two things I find happen when you set a budget for yourself is, 1. You'll probably end up not finding anything even if you had the intention to go shopping (which happens to me all the time when I want to go shopping lol!) or 2. You'll spend less than what you thought you would. It's almost like a game. How much are you able to spend with $___? Yes you’ll probably have to make coffee at home rather than running to Starbucks but you’ll be saving tons of money in the long run.
Tip #2: Go straight to the SALE!
My second tip is to go straight to the sale section the moment you walk into a store. Especially after a major holiday, most stores have a designated room for their sale items. If not, shop the sale before the regular priced items. It might be a little chaotic, messy, and overwhelming, but remember, you're trying to save money! Give it some time and some patience to look through the sale. It'll be worth it! This will help you spend more time and focus on the sale items than regular priced items that can eventually add up to being more than you intended to spend.
3. Try on your clothes!
I use to hate going into the fitting rooms and trying on the clothes before I bought them. However, trying on the clothes you before you buy them will save you time AND money. Think about. If you go home and try on the clothes you bought and end up not liking them, you'll have to drive back to the mall/store which equals gas money. I don't know about you but I'd rather take my time to try something on than to waste my money having to drive back and return it. Also, there are some stores that don't even take returns (especially if they're on sale) so help yourself out and just try it on.
4. Can it be styled more than once?
This is my ultimate # 1 rule when it comes to shopping. If you're able to style it more than once, get it! If not, put it back. Why buy one thing for one occasion or for one outfit when you can probably find something else that you can style more than once? Going back to tip #3, when you try on your clothes you're able to see, feel, and imagine the different ways you can style them. Not only will this save you room in your closet but you'll be able to put together more outfits which means saving you more money!
5. The price tag matters when you’re trying to save
You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to be in the latest fashion trends. If you've been following me for quite some time on Instagram, you'll know how much I love shopping at Ross. Ross is the ultimate penny saver because you can find designer items for a good price. Other stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx are also great stores that allows you to shop on a budget. As for the other stores, I try to stick to shopping the sales. Food for thought: what you buy for full price is eventually going to go on sale. Sooooo why pay the full price??? Thrift stores are also a great way to shop on a budget. I'm not much of a thrifter, however, there are times when I'll take a peak and see if I can find anything and sometimes I do. One girl's trash is another girl's treasure!
Applying these tips to my everyday life as a fashion blogger has helped me save so much more money!
Do you have a goal to buy a house one day?
To travel the world?
To buy a new car?
Whatever your goal may be that requires a good amount of money, I encourage you to start saving now. Set a budget, be patient, and save more than you spend.
"Do what you have to do until you can do what want to do.