Today I wanted to talk to you about shopping on a budget. *GASP* yes bloggers have budgets too otherwise our husbands would never let us continue with our debotchery. I shop mostly on sale only because I’m married to an engineer who is a very practical man. I would say more practical than most so I really have to pay attnetion to what i’m buying and WHY i’m buying it. Don’t get me wrong shopping on a budget doesn’t mean when I’m shopping the quality of my clothing is poor. Shopping on a budget means finding your style, finding something you really want and then hunting for the best price or even a duplicate for less. So to start lets say you found something you have to have.
1.) Go through your closet and see what you need. This sounds obvious but it’s saved me a lot of money and has helped me develop a more diverse wardrobe. You have plenty of striped t shirts!!!! For example this fall I really wanted a pair of over the knee boots, an light anorak jacket, a couple pairs of colored jeans and a leather jacket. These pieces were fall staples that I found myself gravitating towards. ( I liked a lot of outfits that had these items). So WHY is this important? Seeing the holes you have in your wardrobe help you build a more complete wardrobe. I found that I had way to many v neck tees I needed more shirts that were still comfortable but maybe had some special detailing or even a different material all together. This helped me from getting stuck in my clothings choices and ultimately made it more fun to get dressed. Third, this allows you to pay attention when certain things go on sale like 6 dollar tees from Target (if that’s what you need) or DSW is doing a clearance you found the perfect boot! You now have direction in what you’re purchasing.
2.) Lets say it’s a jacket from The North Face it cost 100.00 you found it at Scheels or Dicks or something. Great! Get yourself fitted for the right size then put it back! Don’t buy it yet, first take a picture of the tag. Go home, check Amazon, check The North Face website (sign up for emails..), EBAY, I would also just Google the jacket and it’s item number. Once you’ve checked those places you might find that the jacket costs about the same no matter where you’ve looked. That’s okay! Next I would check TJMAXX, and MARSHALLS it may not be the exact same jacket but you can get stellar deals for the similar product. If you’re still hung up on this jacket and you’ve done the research ask yourself this how often am I going to wear this? Do the price-per-wear calculation. How (many times will I wear this in a week) x (52) (number of weeks in a year)/ (cost of the item)
Lets say you’ll wear it 2x a week for a year. 2 x 52 =104/100 = 96 cents a day to have this jacket. If you are willing to pay .96 cents a day for a year to have it then you should purchase it!
3.) If you find something you really love while shopping ask yourself these questions, 1.) How else can I wear this? Does this match or go with other things I own? Will I have to purchase other items to go with this? (For example do I need to spanx..?) How do I feel in this garment, do I feel like I want the whole world to see me in this? Am I excited to wear it? If the answer to all of these questions is something you feel comfortable about then great! Put it back on the hanger and if in a few days you are STILL thinking about that item. Go back and purchase it. If you’ve forgotten about it then it probably wasn’t something that awesome to begin with.
4.) Set yourself a definite budget say it’s 100.00, go through your wardrobe and find what you NEED not what you want. Is it more basics? More trendy items? More weather appropriate items? These are things I don’t spend anymore than about 15 bucks on because as my mom says “you’d hate to spend 40 bucks on a t shirt then shrink it!” HA she’s totally right. So t’s, or cotton shirts or super trendy items like kimonos, trendy jewelry and accessories like sunglasses, and scarves. I spend more money on the more classic items, the items that I will wear more than just one season, so jeans, leather shoes, purses (I’m really picky about my bags and they have to be just right or I throw them away.) So ultimately it’s up to you how much you pay per item, decide how much you will wear an item and think about how it will serve you and your fashion in the future.
5.) There is nothing wrong with saving up for an item you love but can’t afford right now. I am saving for a pair of Tory Burch Sandals (they are like 200 bucks a pair) I know that I will love them and wear them forever. It’s all about perspective and remember that just because something is on clearance fo 3.99 if it doesn’t fit well and doesn’t work with your wardrobe and doesn’t make you feel beautiful. Don’t purchase it! you’re throwing your money away when you could be saving it for pieces you truly love.
I hope these tips have helped you build your wardrobe affordably. Remember: purchasing in a budget doesn’t mean all your clothing is cheap!