Are trying to stay on a budget? Yes, aren’t we all? Do you love to shop? Me too. If you answered yes to either or both of these questions, this post is for you. Shopping on a budget can be tough. It can be stressful, upsetting, and not worth it. Learn how to shop smart and get tips for shopping on a budget.
This is a collaboration with Kenzie from Klassically Kenzie! Her niche is fashion on a budget and she has the best style (ever!). Please go check out her post here to get the second half of this post! Over on Kenzie’s blog is a post on all of the different stores that have the best clothes for the best prices.
Keep an open mind
Having an open mind is the most important tip when you shop on a budget or at a store like TJMaxx or Marshall’s. You might walk in and get totally overwhelmed (been there, done that), but don’t let that turn you away. Go into the store knowing that there will be a lot of clothes. Know that it simply just takes time.
Look for staples
When I am shopping for clothes, I try to skip most of the trendy items unless I know that I will wear the item months down the road. I try to get staple items so that I don’t go too crazy in the store. If you think that you already have your staples, then look for items that you can accessorize with, which brings me to my next tip.
Get pieces you can mix and match
Finding clothes and accessories that you can mix and match is the best way you can shop. I think that every once and a while it is good to buy something patterned and fun, but don’t buy only patterned and fun clothes all the time. If you have clothes that can mix and match, it will seem like your closet is a whole lot bigger!
Skip the “Dry Clean Only”
Because I haven’t found a trustworthy dry cleaners at school, I try to steer clear of the “Dry Clean Only” tags. Having clothes that are “dry clean only” is a pain both for the price tag and the convenience aspect. Who has time to go to the dry cleaners?
Ask yourself, “Do I need this?”
Mom, this one is for you. My mom always taught me to ask “Do I need this?” If you leave the store and you are still thinking about the item a couple hours or a day later, my rule is to go back and purchase the item- if it’s reasonably priced. For example, I think about Céline purses on the daily but that doesn’t mean I am going to go out and buy one today. Just remember that there will always be something that you want to buy. Make your purchase worth it!
Don’t buy if you have something similar.
Before you head out to go shopping, do a quick look in your closet. Make sure that you don’t buy any duplicates because that happens all too often. I swear I have three shirts that are nearly identical because I ignorantly didn’t check my closet before going shopping.
This kind of goes along with the “Look for Staples” tip, but buy items that you won’t get tired of. If you are thinking about buying a pair of black jeans, go ahead and get them because those will be in style for a long time. If you are thinking about getting an off the shoulder top, think about it before blowing your budget on it because it will probably be out of style in a few months.
Don’t buy it if you can’t afford it.
To be able to afford something is when you can buy an item without making any cuts in your expenses or daily costs. If you have to sacrifice another necessary cost like food or gas in order to get that really cute top, do yourself a favor and don’t do it. It really isn’t worth the stress! Go into the shopping day knowing how much you can afford to spend. Remember that you are shopping on a budget and you don’t have unlimited funds. That means setting a budget and sticking to your budget so that you aren’t reaping the consequences later.
I hope y’all enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any other tips for shopping on a budget! Now go check out Kenzie’s post for the best places to shop and to implement these tips!