Shopping on a budget is something I know ALL about. On a STRICT college budget, I don’t know the last time I spent more than $10 on a garment. I am a firm believer in looking FIERCE and FABULOUS, frugally. I shop in thrift stores such as Mega Thrift (indigenous to Winston-Salem, NC) and Goodwill. I don’t know about you, but the recession is alive and kicking and I have to save every penny (which I later spend on hair products, but that’s an entirely different story and a completely different article).
I know many of you get that guilty feeling when you buy those expensive shoes or that bangin’ dress, but then look at your back account/checkbook/pocketbook. We’ve all been there, but in this day and age, it is time to shop til’ you drop and feel good about it.
Here’s some tips I’ve come up with:
- Try shopping at your local thrift stores and charity shops including Goodwill and Salvation Army. I remember when I was younger, I would shudder at buying “hand-me-downs” but thrift stores are the mecca of fierce. You will be surprised about what gems people throw away. The best part is that you will walk into a room knowing no one will be rocking what you’re rocking.
- Buy classic pieces such as blazers, coats, boots, purses, etc. from high market brands such as Coach and Marc Jacobs because these items are constantly worn. Opt to run to Forever 21, H&M, Target, and Asos for items you wear less often, especially cute, flirty tops, one-time-wear costume jewelry, etc.
- Don’t be afraid of the sale racks. You can score $200 items for a fraction of the cost and have other women gawk over your “high-end” tastes.
- Shop online. Sometimes you have to fake it ‘til you make it. As cliché as that sounds, it’s the motto for thrifty shopaholics. Find “designer inspired” pieces on websites such as Ebay or GoJane.
- Buy a lot of accessories. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve worn similar outfits and just accessorized them differently to create new looks. That way, you continue to look fabulous without breaking the bank!
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What tricks do you have up your sleeve when shopping on a budget?
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SheRea is the blogger behind My Thrifted Closet (http://mythriftedcloset.blogspot.com/), a blog dedicated to thrifted fashion. She attends Wake Forest University, majoring in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies and double minoring in Theatre and Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. She is originally from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.View all SheRea posts.