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5 Shopping Tips on a Shoestring Budget

If you want to look good and wear something that is in trend, but is tight on budget then there is no need to get disheartened. Here are ways to build your style and avoid the temptation of spiralling yourself into debt with shopping.

SHOP ONLINE SPARINGLY

Consider trying to shop in the stores versus online. Online can have some great deals. For people who know their sizes, it might work out most of the time. But by the time you pay shipping, realise something doesn’t fit and then pay to have the items returned, I personally find that online shopping might not be as inexpensive as you think.

SHOP THE CLASSICS

Write down the fashion items that would make up your dream wardrobe. A small closet full of quality clothes that actually fit make you look so much better than a huge closet full of cheap, old, ill-fitting items ever will.

Need help on what you want to buy? Stick to classic items and embellish with the trends.

For example, for a woman, a classic might be a beautiful black dress, and the trend would be an infinity scarf and statement earrings.

For a guy, a great fitting pair of pants and a no-wrinkle shirt matched with a vest or a tie embellishment.

I mostly prefer to think of the classics as items that you wear all the time. Items that can last a thousand washings. Items that really pull a lot of your wardrobe together.

GO OUT AND SHOP!

Get your list and start shopping it. If you need basic items like a white top or black tank, hit up the Targets and other mid-priced stores. If you want specialty items, shop big sales and always make sure to check the clearance rack.

Many of my fashionable friends regularly shop stores that are kind of hit or miss, the TKMaxx type of stores, but since they check often, they find great things.

Check out a few thrift stores near you. You never know if you will love thrift shopping until you try it.

TAKE A BUDDY AND YOUR CASH

If you are the person who is tempted to overspend or go off your list, take a shopping buddy with you to hold you accountable – try not to take a friend who will do the opposite.

YOUR TRUE VALUE

Finally, realise that your true value does not come from your amazing new jeans or that awesome necklace. I grew up in a rural country town, and no one had very nice clothing. No one cared so much because no one had too much.

Bottom line clothes will not make you a different person but can definitely give you that extra confidence you might feel is lacking. Either way, as long as you’re happy, that’s all anyone could ever ask.

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