Shopping on a budget is not easy to do. I’ve done it for years when I was a student and believe I have come up with a strategy that works (for me at least). Here are 5 tips that I think are key if you want to be a successful budget shopper:
1. If you’re going to splurge, then splurge on the classics and basics
We all know that fashion is cyclic and that trends come and go. You don’t want to go maxing your credit card on an item that is going to be ridiculously out of style in a few months. Classics are items that never go out of style that you could keep for a long time. These are things like good leather bags, LBDs, the perfect pair of jeans that suits your body shape, trench coats and blazers. Basics are the items that are versatile and that you wear frequently like white t-shirts, again a good pair of jeans, flat pumps, black cardigans etc. Since you can keep classics for long and you wear basics often it makes sense to buy them with a better quality and good quality can be expensive.
2. If you really want bargains, you’re going to have to be patient
It sounds boring, I know, but it’s true because good bargains don’t happen every day. There will be days when you go shopping and come home with nothing. It is then very tempting to go out and buy an item that is more than you can afford or that you don’t need or love. Fight this urge! Be patient, and wait until next week to go shopping again. Items that are bought in times of desperation are items we tend to leave in the back of our closets and forget.
3. Leave no stone unturned
If you’re really serious about finding what you want for the price you want then leave no shop unvisited, no matter how unconventional. This may become cumbersome, but you might surprise yourself. I’ve found some of my favourite items in the weirdest of places and I must say that it pays off. I once bought an awesome pairs of boots at a chemist! Turns out they used to get old stock from a well-known store nearby.
4. Wait for the sales
There are many stores that I love, but are just too pricey for me. What I do in this case is wait for their sales. I’ve gotten some amazing items at stores I love at discount prices. The key here is to buy items that you actually love or need. I used to fall into that trap of buying something just because it was reduced to 10% of the price and ending up giving it away months later.
4. Use your connections
Talk to people. If you see someone wearing something you like, ask them where they bought it. You might even find that you know people who could get you store discounts or know some great places to shop. There are many shoppers out there, we can help each other!
5. Plan for the future
When it is summer you’ll find the best coats or jerseys on sale. When it is Winter you’ll find the best bathing costumes and shorts on sale. I know it may seem a waste, but if you see something that is really good value for money and very much your style, then buy it and keep it. Summer or Winter will come and you’ll feel great wearing your new item that was 75% off.
A pair of wedges I got on sale that I’m saving for Summer
Hope you have a great weekend and try not to spend it all at once!