Don’t we all have an inner fashionista? Most people do, but most people don’t have big budgets to be spending on clothing items.
With some hard work,
you do not have to sacrifice your style. Being a good bargain shopper will take patience. You can’t expect to find everything you want whenever you
need. Therefore, you will need to plan ahead. This means making lists and taking them with you when you are shopping. It means not spending money unless it had a purpose.
This will be a bit of a pain at first, but is much easier later on. First, you need to go through the clothing you do have. In two columns, write down things
you need one one side and things you will need soon (from wear and tear) on the other side. Doing this will not only give you a chance to see what clothing items you love, but gives you a chance to weed out items you don’t want or wear anymore. The purpose for this is to make sure you get the things you need, and that you don’t overspend in areas you shouldn’t (which will save you money in the long run). What good are twenty sweaters going to do for you in the summer? You need to make sure your wardrobe is well rounded. Keeping a list of things you will need soon allows you the freedom to watch for sales and clearances to get the best deal on things you will use. Planning ahead is what will save you the most money.
Sounds easy enough, but it isn’t. Even I have fallen prey to spending money just because it was there. There isn’t anything you need right now, but you still have $100 in your clothing budget that you haven’t used. So you go out to dinner, drinks, and a movie with friends. What can it hurt, right? Well, next week you see a screaming deal on a leather bag or a winter coat that would be perfect a few months down the road. You can no loner make use of the deals because you spent your money. I try to keep in mind that if I save this money now, it will allow me to make more use out of an awesome sale down the road.
And check them often. Some stores I know get clearance in pretty regularly, so every time I go in I take a quick look of what is on the racks. If you are already there, why not? It takes very little effort on your part, and may very well pay off in the end. Keep a list of what stores have the best clearance racks in your area.
If you know me, then you know it is a rare occasion that I spend retail on anything. It must be a much desired item that I would be willing to cut off my right arm for. With a few exceptions, pretty much everything will eventually go on sale. Whether you earn gift cards after you spend a certain amount, or there is a regular sale with maybe 20% off you can save money on just about every purchase. Know when the sales begin at your favorite stores. Sign up for their email to know about sales early, so you can plan your purchases ahead of time. This will not only help you make the most of your money, but it will also help you stay within your budget. Sticking to a budget is much more difficult when you are in store looking at cute tops and shoes.
Whether you do this alone or with friends, spend some time once a week or so just putting outfits together. Use your imagination to see how many outfits you can create around one top, or one pant, or a dress, or an accessory, etc. You may find you have a lot more possibilities than you originally thought, and may decide you don’t need as much clothing as you anticipated.
The internet is full of people writing blogs. While there may be a ton with expensive clothing, there are also a ton created by people who prefer budget fashion. Creative people who can inspire you to make the most out of what you already have, and might give you ideas for new ways to get fashion items for less. Maybe a store you hadn’t heard of, or a web site you didn’t know existed. Many bloggers will even feature budget versions of coveted designer items.
You really do want that Dior bag? Shop their outlet. There are many outlets for various designers. If you can find one, I suggest saving yourself some considerable money by shopping at outlets. Save your money and make a trip with friends. You could even split the gas money!
Having a nice wardrobe and obtaining a fashion on a budget does not have to cost you an arm and a leg.