I think money and finances can be a very taboo topic to talk about in the blogging world. After all, we are supposed to be rocking our latest purchases without a care in the world...right! I often get the question, "How can you afford to shop?" Although this is a question that I do not believe is very tactful, it is a really good topic because living in an economy like this can make for a non-extent shopping budget. Most of you all know that I am an educator, and when you love shopping like I do it can really put a dent in your finances. I will not go into specifics about my personal finances (or lack thereof..lol) out of respect and privacy for my husband, but I will give you some useful tips that are helping me along the way.
Shop With A Purpose
These days I only buy something if it is going to be a wardrobe staple, or I need it to complete a look. I use to waste so much money buying clothes that I did not need (impulsive shopper here). That has changed. If I don't feel an item will contribute to my wardrobe in a significant way, I leave it right where it belongs...on the rack. Assess what you have in your closet already and then add pieces accordingly.
Coupon Codes are a MUST
Avoid shopping on sites that do not offer coupon codes or free shipping. I hate to pay for shipping. I always do a Google search for coupon codes before I buy anything. Sites like ASOS, Lane Bryant, and Forever 21 often offer sale codes or free shipping, so always do your homework before making an online purchase.
Shop at the End of the Season
There are so many high and low-end stores that offer end-of-season sales, so check out your favorite stores close to the end of a season because you may find major sales.
Shop Small and Online Boutiques
Lately, I have been contacted by small boutiques that offer stylish and trendy clothing at affordable prices. Yes, a lot of them sell the same thing, but so what. I really don't care in the least. Everyone is essentially hustling in one form or another. I don't mind anyone making money, as long as they are honest and fair. So give small and online boutiques a chance because you might find something you like.
Sometimes I find an item that is too big, but it is something that I really want to add to my wardrobe. If the price is unbeatable, I will go ahead and buy the item (this only applies if an item is too big, not too small). Then, I take it to my tailor and have her revamp the item for me because in the long run it will be worth it. There are times when I find an item that is perfect for a particular look, but I don't like where the split is, or it doesn't fit exactly the way I want it to. These are all things that can be fixed easily by a tailor.
I have found some really nice blazers and unique pieces thrifting. You can read about my first thrifting experience ever HERE. I do not frequent thrift stores a lot because I don't have the patience, but I try to go once every couple of months. Believe me...you will be glad that you did! You may also want to give sites like ebay a try! I have purchased makeup and clothes from ebay for great prices!
Many of you know my mother (well not personally), but you have seen her at many of the events that I attend. She is my muse! My mom has always sacrificed for her children, and she is really an amazing person. I would like to think that she gets most of the things that she wants, but this is because she knows how to save her money. Learn to save! I am going to be honest, I struggle with this aspect of my budgeting. As I stated before, I am very impulsive sometimes and "I want what I want," but in 2014 I am going to try to listen to my mother and save more money.
Leave your tips for shopping below! We are all in this together!