I love to shop! I even have a cup that says “Shopping is my Cardio.” You really do get a good workout without even realizing it! My mom and I started shopping together when I was little. She taught me so much about picking the right clothes and looking for great deals. Shopping is like a game to me, whenever I want a particular item, my family says it’s like I am on the hunt. I really am, though. I start to narrow down my search: what stores or even online stores have what I need (although I don’t really like online shopping– it is more of a last resort for me). I definitely don’t mind splurging on a piece of clothing, especially if it is something that I have been looking for and is worth it (I will go over how you know something is worth it, at the end of the day a big part of it is about your own personal style). Whatever your budget may be, these 12 tips I use help me get the most for my money. I think we truly save when we find pieces of clothing that will last us years to come. When we buy pieces of clothing that get ruined quickly or go out of style within 1-2 years, then it really was just a waste of money.
For the 1st step pay close attention to material. The most important thing you can look at is the stitching. How well is the thread stitched? Is it going to last with each wash? We don’t want our clothing falling apart. I also make sure I like the feel of the fabric. Keep in mind that certain fabrics fade, stretch, or start to pill (pills are those fuzzball or lint balls of fibers that form on our clothing). It’s best to try to avoid pieces that can become damaged so quickly, it most likely means the item is not of good quality. No matter how cute the shirt, dress, or jacket is, I don’t buy it if it looks like it is going to fall apart after just a couple of washes or wears.
Which leads me to step #2. Before buying, check how to care for the item. Do you need to hand wash it, wash in a cold cycle, or get it dry cleaned? You can save yourself a lot of money just by caring for your clothing. This will also help you from buying the same thing over and over again. If you don’t think you will take the time or money to properly care for it then you should probably put it back on the rack.
This 3rd step is a no-brainer, but one I have fallen for many times. Try on the item and make sure it fits right. If it doesn’t quite fit ask yourself if you are really going to take the time to get it tailored. Sometimes it’s tempting to just buy the next size up because they don’t have your size, but if you don’t think you will get it tailored then don’t buy it. It will just end up in your closet collecting dust or you won’t feel confident wearing it.
Next, I always make a list before shopping of the things I am looking for. I add anything I plan on purchasing. From purses to shoes to jewelry and clothing. This helps me stay on track with spending and keep my wandering eyes from buying something I already own or something I don’t need. Making a list helps keep me from overspending and from having buyers regret.
Also, look in your closet. Make sure you donate what you don’t wear to clear your closet from clutter. Once you do, take a mental picture of what you have, so that while you are shopping you can match items to your closet. I always try to buy items that I can pair with other things I own. Sometimes just buying one new piece can create an entire new outfit from other items in your closet.
Tip #6, keep your style in mind. I do this all the time when I see something cute on social media and I want to buy it. When I try it on, it just doesn’t seem like me. This ties into the next tip.
#7, When something is trending be aware! Trends are great and fun to try, but often not worth spending lots of money on. Especially if it is something that may not be in style a year later or if it is something you normally wouldn’t wear. It’s great to try new and different clothing, but you have got to make sure you still feel comfortable and confident in it. It’s important you stay true to you no matter what trend is popping.
Next tip, always check the sale section! It may look messy and like a hassle to dig through, but sometimes you can find something sweet.
Tip #9, Check brand names. When you are looking to buy a certain item make sure you ask yourself if you are just buying it because of the name brand or because you actually like the item? If the piece of clothing wasn’t the particular name brand would you still buy it? If the answer is yes then bring it home!!! You are not just spending extra money on a name. This is also a fine line because although name brands do cost more, sometimes it is within good reason. The material and fabrication could be of great quality thus it costs more. Make sure to even double check the material of name brand items because sometimes their quality does not match their reputation. If you find the item you are looking for but it’s not a name brand that doesn’t mean their quality is not top notch. You could end up saving quite a bit between a name brand and non name brand piece.
Tip #10. Compare prices. Don’t be afraid to shop around or check online. See what places are selling the style you want and check their prices. If you check online, make sure you check what the material is made of–sometimes some pieces of clothing are cheaper for a reason.
Next think comfort! There are some pieces that are just going to be uncomfortable but if that is what you are looking for then go for it. Other than those select pieces make sure the material is soft and that it is not too tight or too loose. You want to feel confident and comfortable.
Last tip! Set two types of budgets. The 1st type of budget is to set a price frame for each piece of clothing you are willing to buy. This will help keep you from overspending. Be realistic, some pieces of clothing cost more than others. 2nd, what is your minimum and maximum budget? What is the amount you would like to spend on everything? Then create a budget for a max spending amount. We have all been there where we splurge more then we should have. Depending on your budget, add some cushion just in case. That way you can still get what you want without breaking the bank.
Saving isn’t always about price, but about the quality and value of that item. You look at the quality and go through all these steps, but if at the end of the day you simply like that item, then go for it. I am not here to tell you not to buy something. As long as you are aware and happy with your choice that is all that matters. I always go through these steps and I leave the stores happy with no guilt or regret. I feel confident about the pieces I added to my closet knowing I will be wearing them for a long time. I try to build my closet as a representation of who I am. Style is a way of expressing who you are and I truly believe if you are going to spend money might as well feel confident and excited about what you brought home.
In the comments tell me about some of the pieces of clothing you have bought and saved on!!!!
Check out Instagram this weekend because I will be sharing my fav places to shop at and what I look for.
Until next time,