Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Expanding you wardrobe without shrinking your bank.

What girl doesn't like to go shopping, but one thing is for sure, we don't want to see how much we bit off in our bank account. 

In this economy, retail therapy is something hard to do. Well there is a good news for those of us who are long overdue for some shopping and also wants to be frugal. Here are several way to add to your wardrobe and save money at the same time. 

Using coupon codes.
You have heard the craze about couponing all over the place. You have seen how people save hundreds of dollars on groceries. Well coupon codes are similar as coupons, the only difference is that retailer use them. There are some websites which from time to time could provide you with codes for retails.

For example, RetaiMeNot provides users with search engine that looks for coupon codes for certain retailer. After you search, they provide you with the percent of effectiveness of that coupon code. Meaning that certain coupon code is either reliable or not.

There are times you might want to buy from high-end department stores (i.e. Macy's, Nordstrom, Lords & Taylor, etc) and with coupon codes you can add a designer clothes to your wardrobe without the designer price. 

Shop with cash (Only!)
Don't spend money which you don't have. Having cash only will give you control on how well you spend your money.

Hit the Discount Chains
Sure, the big retailers can be hard to navigate and have their share of cheap distractions, but there are stylish bargains to be at stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, and Target. Head to these stores and you will find great deals on shoes and bags, and name brand or mid-level clothes that is fraction of the cost when compared to their designer counterpart.

Shop out of Season.
Smart shoppers never hit the mall when new clothes hit the racks. Shop for spring and summer items in the beginning of fall, and buy your fall and winter looks when spring rolls around. If you pay attention, as soon as a season rolls around, the previous season's items are on sell which is a bargain's hunters heaven. 

Look for online Deals.
Finding deals online can give you heads up on awesome sales that is coming. By signing up for email newsletters from retailers, you are kept abreast of their latest sale. 

Not all "Sales" are good Sell. 
Chasing after all those "sale" alerts and coupons can result in overspending. So choose wisely what you want things to be considered. You are the one in control not that "must-have" sale items you saw online or received an email for. Choose wisely!

Shop Carefully. 
Spend the bulk of your wardrobe budget on quality pieces you can update around, and look for deals on the trendier looks. Also, by building a wardrobe around one or two color families, it can help you figure out what to buy and avoid. When shopping, keep you current wardrobe in mind and don't buy anything that won't go with at least two or three other items you already own. One way to add color trends to your wardrobe is with shoes, bags, scarves (hijabs) and accessories. Don't be afraid of color.

Don't forget to shop vintage.
Do thrifting for vintage clothes, shoes or bags. In some stores, you can make money on clothes you don't want while shopping for new looks, or even take part in clothing swap with friends. 

One thing is for sure, it may take longer to find exactly what you are looking for, all you need is to be patient and you will that one clothing items that is to die for. =)

Stay fabulous!

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