A lot of times when I walk into a store, I have no intention of buying anything. But then the sweater in the display window calls to me. I convince myself I need the sweater…and suddenly I’m fifty dollars short.
Reality check: I don’t need the sweater.
Here’s the solution: we want to be unique and affordable, right? Look no further. Here are a myriad of possibilities for inexpensive clothes.
Thrifting: Vintage is in right now! Don’t judge a piece before trying it on! Often the strangest article makes for the perfect outfit. Keep in mind interesting patterns and staple items such as solid colors and jeans. Something a grandma wears often can be paired with just the right things to be a perfect look for you.
Upcycling: Jewelry pieces can be turned into a headband, shoes can be painted, and shirts can be cut up and sewn for more different looks…the possibilities are endless. Before buying expensive pants, think about selecting some old ones and revamping. It may be the difference between forty dollars and three dollars!
Sales: Find out which stores are having bargains. Be the coupon cutter! Check resources on your phone like Groupon or Ibotta. Go the back of the store: that’s often where the clearance racks are. And DON’T buy it if you don’t want it. Just because its affordable does NOT mean you really need it.
Patience: So key. My rule of thumb is this: if you enter a store and contemplate buying an item, leave the store and think about it. If you’re still thinking about it or want it by the end of the week, it might be worth it. I once waited for a fifty-dollar scarf to be marked down, and got it shortly after for ten!
You don’t have to sacrifice fashion for saving! Use these tips and look your best for less!