I have a confession to make. I’m a shopaholic. However, the good thing about it is that over the years of vigorous shopping, I’ve gathered some knowledge about shopping on a budget. In this post, I would like to share my tips with you, so we can be shopaholics together. Let’s dive into it!
Think Twice Before You Buy
If you are on a budget, which I assume you are since you’re reading this post, you will have to do a lot of thinking before you purchase any clothing. You can’t just go on a shopping spree. Even though you’d probably love to. Ask yourself a few questions. Do you REALLY like the item? Will you still want to wear it a month/six months/a year from now? Is it a decent quality item? If the answer is NO, then well, don’t buy it. If the answer is YES, go ahead! If you’re not sure, just leave the store and go about your day. If you’re still thinking about the item a few days later, you can consider purchasing it.
Instead of going straight to shops, mindlessly searching for items to spend my money on, I go to Instagram or Pinterest to find inspiration first. Just a little shameless self-promo, here’s my Instagram account and here’s my Pinterest, so you can get inspired from me. Scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest gives me an idea of what clothing pieces I’d like to buy, and also gives me some styling inspiration in the process. When I feel inspired, I have a quick look through my wardrobe to see if I already own something similar. If not, I go to shops searching for the item(s).
Try On Before You Buy
This is a no-brainer, right? Well, I’m notorious for not doing it. If you’ve ever been to one of the two Primarks on Oxford Street, then you know why. I just can’t be bothered to wait 30 minutes in the queue for the changing rooms. I know my size and I go for it. But sometimes the hangers get mixed and the size on them is not necessarily the size of the item. Stupidly, I’ve mistakenly bought the wrong size several times. You can return or exchange the item within X days with tags still attached to it. However, queuing for 30 minutes would have actually saved my time. I, personally, prefer shopping in stores rather than online shopping, but that’s just a personal preference. However, before shopping in an online store, check out their return policy before you shop. Although this won’t necessarily save you a lot of money, it might save your time.
Now, I’m not saying you have to only wear basics if you’re on a budget. But they create a great core of your wardrobe. They are timeless, and they go with everything. You can style them in many different ways. Be creative with them and perhaps style them with some unique pieces you really wanted and made sure they were a good quality. Although, this picture doesn’t really demonstrate an outfit consisting of basics.
Don’t Splurge on Trends
If the trend is a style you really love, why not treat yourself? For me, it’s faux leather and faux fur items. These two styles are in fashion this season, and I can’t be happier about it. However, if it’s something that will go out of trend quickly, don’t splurge your money on it. It’s not worth it. You can invest your money in something much more valuable.
Outlets/Sale Sections/Swapping Websites
To shop at a discount price, shop in outlets and clearing stores. You can simply google these stores in your area. Also, every shop has a sale section. And yes, finding your size can be tough and time-consuming, but you can find a great deal. TK Maxx (TJ Maxx in the USA) is another great place to shop. You can find amazing designer pieces for a discounted price. The last place I’d like to talk about is swapping websites. Or whatever their official name is. I’m talking about websites such as Vinted, Poshmark, Depot, Mecari etc. You can sell there your stuff and buy other people’s stuff for pretty much pennies. If you are interested, here’s my Vinted account. I will be adding new clothes soon!
And last but not least are coupons. You can simply google them. A lot of them are only applicable in online stores, so be aware of that. You can find coupons not only for fashion but also for food, electronics, cosmetics etc. If you’re a student, I recommend UNiDAYS. It’s a discount website for students. You register with your university e-mail and you’re good to go… shopping!
Faux Fur Jacket // New Look
Necklaces, Top, Boots // Primark
Paperbag Trousers // Bershka
And that’s all I have for this blog post. I hope you found these tips helpful!
See you soon!
xoxo, S. V.