How About Some Frugal Friendly Shopping Advice?

How About Some Frugal Friendly Shopping Advice?

Who said that you have to sell your soul to look fashionably acceptable in society? There are many ways to look fabulous and gorgeous, and steal the show from even the well-dressed and best of lookers by not even spending a fraction of the amount people normally spend to dress well. With a little thought and planning, you can be just about as stylish; just follow these simple tips for going frugal when shopping for your clothes.

Shop economically

You don’t always have to go to the priciest of high street fashion boutiques and department stores to make yourself look like the most chic chick on the block. In fact, there are a number of thrift stores, clearance sales, backyard sales, and even online clothing boutiques that offer the best of the cheapest deals in town on clothing treasures that are good enough to give high end fashion a run for its money. While clearance sales are simply fabulous, you can find some real steals in a yard sale as a number of women end up dishing out expensive clothes that they no longer want to wear, or those that don’t fit them any more at really low prices.

Don’t be impulsive, be smart

Impulsive shopping is a deadly sin; it can take your shopping budget off track and make you spend on things that you might not actually need. Avoid the intuition to shop impulsively like the plague. If it helps, make a list of items you’re looking for and stick to only acquiring those from the best places with the best deals to fit your budget.

Shop credit

Picking up a shopping bag each time you swipe plastic money is a lot of fun, but we all know what a credit card can do to your shopping habits and your monthly budget, let alone your financial goals. Before you know it, you’ll be drowning under piles of loans and outstanding bills. Consignment shops like Vestiaire Collective and Thred Up on the other hand usually offer trendy and sometimes even branded merchandise carrying rock bottom price tags.  What’s more is that these shops even offer you the flexibility of trading in some of your own clothes for shop credit, or spare cash to spend elsewhere.

Say no to retail

Super marts like Walmart and Target are great places to find fashionable wear at relatively lower prices, compared to actual retail stores. In fact, you can even find branded wear at places like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Ross and EBay for a meager fraction of the actual retail cost. Though there may be a few things you might want to pull off from retail simply because of their brand equity, in general retail prices are the numbers you’d want to avoid.

Discounts and discounts

You’ll be surprised, but you can probably find a decent number of printable discount coupons online. Pick your favorite e-stores and brick and mortar stores too and sign up for their newsletters to get access to some amazing discount promotions. No harm ever done in snipping a couple of extra bucks from your shopping, no?

And here’s probably the best frugal shopping tip…

Always shop out of season to benefit from clearance prices!

Image Credit goes to Ian Muttoo [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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