By JANET BONILLA
You don’t necessarily need to look out of style in this tough economy we’re experiencing. With a little thought and some planning, you can shop for trendy clothes on a budget. Knowing what you already have, what clothes you need and what clothes you want to get will allow you to spend your money carefully and not end up with unnecessary items in your closet that you can agree were a total waste of money. Knowing where to look for bargains will give you the best of both worlds– cute, fashionable clothing, and more money in your pocket. Knowing how to properly do this will surely grant you some steals!
Fashion shopping on a budget is easy, that is, if you know what you’re doing. I don’t care what anyone says, that feeling of pride you get when you find an amazing deal is so amazing! As a child, I remember shopping with my mom at her favorite budget-friendly stores every weekend. My mom would give us a couple of dollars, slightly like an allowance, and let us get our shop on! I would always end up with a Hello Kitty item or colorful scented nail polish. Oh, those were the days!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind paying full price for an item if I absolutely love it. I also believe the saying, “You get what you pay for.” That’s something you need to keep in mind when shopping too. But, there are definitely ways to get great quality fashion with only a few dollars. Instantly granting you a whole lot of extra money in your pocket. You don’t have to spend an awful amount of money for a great fashion sense!
Here are the rules to live by for a closet full of clothes without breaking the bank:
Step one: Visit Budget and Designer Retailers and Outlets
These type of places were made for people who are seeking fashionable clothing at a low price! I love shopping at stores like Target, Kmart, JCPenney, Old Navy, Marshalls, TJ Maxx (LA location, grand opening in Visalia) and Ross. You might become surprised on how you can easily find cute clothing at a fraction of the cost of high retailer stores.
Step two: Visit thrift stores and go garage saling!
This is probably the best advice that can possibly be given. You never know what you’ll find. I personally love going thrift shopping and garage saling. More than likely, you’ll find items of clothing that no one really has. I love finding pieces of clothing that nobody around me has. It makes your wardrobe original. Plus, when you go garage saling, you can easily get unique items for a dollar or less!
Step three: Always pay in cash!
Never pay with a credit card. Paying with a credit card makes you feel the need to overspend. Often than not, you will make unnecessary purchases. Always pay in cash. That way, you are more careful about how your money is being spent. Having cash in hand will make you want to get more for your money.
Step four: Go shopping alone
When you go shopping with others, often than not, they will make you hurry up. When you hurry up, you get anything and don’t think twice about what you are about to purchase. When you go shopping alone, you can actually have time to go to various locations and get most for your money.
These are the rules I go by when I go shopping. If you take these steps into consideration, you most likely will have money in your pocket and most likely, a closet full of clothes. Who said you had to spend an outrageous amount of money when you go shopping? Clothes don’t make you. It’s up to you to make the clothes!