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7. Buy classic pieces rather than trendy ones. Buying classic pieces will give you more bang for your buck because those pieces will never go out of style. If you can’t pass on trying out a new trend, try them out at an inexpensive store before splurging on a higher-quality piece. This allows you try out the trend to see if you like it without breaking the bank. Stores like Forever21, H&M, and the juniors’ sections at TJ Maxx and Marshalls are great places to find the latest trends at very affordable prices.
6. Save money on designer duds by shopping at the right places.Stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Nordstrom Rack offer name-brand, high-quality clothing and accessories at very low prices. Shopping at these stores takes patience, so make sure you set aside enough time to dig through all the racks. The clearance sections at these stores can be a gold mine. Take the time to look through the racks carefully, and you might be surprised what you can find. My best finds this semester were a Michael Kors tunic for $10, a Furla wallet for $7, a French connection shirt for $5, and Kate Spade tights for $3. If you prefer to shop online, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom Rack onlineare great options.
5. If you have small feet, look to the children’s section. This may sound odd, but if you wear women’s shoe size 8 or smaller, you can probably fit into shoes in the children’s section. A size 7 in women’s shoes usually corresponds to a size 4 in girls’ shoes. Many stores tend to carry the same style of shoes in both women’s and girls’ sizes, but the girls’ size shoes are usually much cheaper. On a recent shopping trip, I had my eye on a pair of Michael Kors sandals that were $40 in women’s sizes, but the same sandals in girls’ sizes were $20, and they weren’t even on sale!
4. Utilize applicable discounts. If you are a student, stores like The Limited, J. Crew, and Ann Taylor offer a certain percentage off of every full-price, in-store purchase when you show your student ID. Have a AAA membership? There are all kinds of stores that offer discounts if you show your AAA membership card. Same goes for members of the armed forces and teachers.
3. Analyze each potential purchase before paying.
Interrogate yourself. Ask yourself a series of questions:
2. Sleep on it. If you really can’t make up your mind about purchasing an item, ask the sales associate to put the item on hold and go home. If you are still thinking about the piece a day or two later, chances are it’s something that you really love and will wear often. If you find that you forget about the item quickly, chances are it was more of an impulse choice and not something that you really wanted.
And my number one tip for sticking to your budget…
1. Stay the heck away from Target! If you are anything like me, this one doesn’t need much of an explanation. In my experience, it is physically impossible to walk into Target and leave without a cart full of clothes, shoes, makeup, or any other number of random things that weren’t on my shopping list.