In my last style post, I took you through how to create a capsule wardrobe suitable for you and one of the points I made was investing in additional pieces to elevate your closet. Well this week, it has just dawned on me that not everyone has the same inflow of income and sometimes, even if you’ve got the dough, you simply just want to shop on a budget. The truth is, shopping really is a task and if you do not know the ins and outs of it, you either end up overspending or buying things you know deep down you do not need or have room for.
So how do you shop on a budget? You don’t shop at all.
Actually, I lie.
Shopping on a budget requires a lot of discipline and although this seems impossible at face value, it is indeed very doable.
Here are 5 ways to save money while shopping on a budget.
1) Shop For Only What You Need: Once upon in my life, I shopped just because I wanted to. These days, I save tons of $$$ by shopping only when I need to. For example, say I have a family celebration to attend and I absolutely have nothing for the occasion, I set aside a budget and only buy pieces within my budget. Often times, it also helps if I already have a foundation for my look for example, a skirt. This way, I am only adding on an extra piece to what I already have.
Shopping for only pieces you need helps you save a lot of money because the new piece is most likely going to come in handy for another occasion or event. Also, it keeps you from buying all that extra stuff.
2) Shop When You Are Aware: Being aware keeps you from shopping without a goal. If you have ever been shopping tired, you know how critical the feeling is. Shopping on an empty stomach or with baggy eyes leaves you picking things you do not need or even want at all. It is easier to focus and make wise choices when you are not energy deprived and preoccupied.
3) Get Creative With Your Closet: This is why my previous post on creating a capsule wardrobe suitable for you is important, because it fuels your creativity. Knowing what you have in your closet is a huge plus – you are able to find things easily and get creative with pairing your pieces. It is difficult to find pieces you love when you have a bunch of junk in your closet. Closet clean outs are a plus because you are clear on what you have and are able to get creative with mixing and matching already owned pieces. This saves you money and time in the stores.
4) Recycle Old Clothes to Save $$$$: Shopping on a budget can get frustrating, but there are honestly ways around it and my first three points are proof. However, this 4th point right here will have you mind blown. Did you know you could recycle your old clothes and save $$$ when shopping? H&M has a great recycle program which allows you turn in three clothing pieces in order to get 15% off your purchase with them. Thrift stores also have a similar deal which allows you get money back for your seasonal pieces still in good shape. Earning money from your old pieces is a great way to fuel money back into your new pieces.
5) Sale: Although many people shy away from sale periods, I actually do love shopping during sales. This is because I am able to buy branded quality pieces for less. Instead of buying full price items at regular retail stores, I save some money simply by investing in good quality items from my favorite brands. Check that out!!!!!
Say my budget is $200 for a pair of shoes, instead of spending $200 on 2/3 pairs of shoes I might have to replace sooner or later, I’d spend that $200 on one pair of shoes that originally retail for $600/700. This way, I know I have invested in a quality piece to elevate my wardrobe. Not only did I stay true to my budget, I made a wise investment.
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