Women everywhere love to shop but many times our shopping can really do a number on the budget. Being frugal doesn’t mean we can never shop but there are some tips we can follow that will keep the bulk of our money safe from being spent on fashion.
Tank Tops and Shells
Don’t blow your budget buying name brand or designer clothes that are going to be hidden under another layer of clothing. Save your money for the clothes that really get the most attention.
Shop Out of Season
A great way to get really nice clothes is to shop out of season. For example, when spring comes many of the stores will place their left over winter clothes on sale. This is the time to buy. You may have to wait a year to wear it, but in most cases you will save up to 70% when purchasing your clothes out of season.
Mix and Match Swimwear
We’ve all used mix and match fashion when it comes to pants, blouses, and other fashion items, but buying mix and match swimwear can really save on the budget. So many women have a least 10 bathing suits, and that can cost quite a bit. By buying tops and bottoms that can be mixed with other bathing suit tops and bottoms you can have many suits to choose from. Three suits should be enough to get you through the summer for several years.
Fleeting Fashion Trends
Stop spending money on crazy fashion fads that are here today and gone tomorrow. Spend your money wisely on styles you know can be worn a long time. Fashion trends will waste your money, usually only lasting a season.
Buying the Right Accessories
When shopping for clothes be sure and shop for the accessories that can change the total look of the outfit. Scarves, jewelry, and hats can take a casual outfit into an out-to-dinner look really quick!
Turn Worn Pants into Stylish Shorts or Capris
Don’t throw away those pants or jeans just because they have a tear in the leg or knee. Cut them off and use iron-on hemming tape to make some cute shorts. No sewing needed and they are adorable. If you really want to get fancy you can place some rhinestones on the back pockets. This is easy to do with a bedazzle kit.
Don’t Go Sale Crazy
Just because it’s on sale for 70% off doesn’t mean it’s the right buy for you. Do you really need it? Would you really wear it often? Does it go with anything else you have in your closet?
Watch sales closely and don’t get caught up in the excitement of it all.
There is an art to bargain hunting and it’s not just using shopping apps or watching retail store ads. Retail outlets have a way of leading you to what they want you to purchase, and it’s usually items that are the most expensive.
They put these displays right in the middle of the store or place items on shelves that are eye level so you can spot them easily. The sale items are a little harder to find. Many times you can find unadvertised sales items just by knowing where to look.
Looking on the top and bottom shelves is where you will find lots of bargains. Also on the walls of the store, many times at the back of the store, is where you will find clearance items.
Scripture of Encouragement
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money andwithout price.