Shopping Tips! SAVING MONEY!

I've had plenty of experience when it comes to shopping. I've made stupid mistakes spending money on clothes and I've learned my lesson. With that said, I thought I'd share a few tips and shed some knowledge onto you that I've gained over the years. I'm sure some of this is just common sense, but either way, it never hurts to be reminded.

1. Forget about fast fashion.
What I mean by this is trends go in and out of style very quickly. I like to think of that as a marketing tool for brands and companies to pressure their customers into buying more stuff, more frequently. Don't buy clothes just to fit in with the latest trends. Don't buy something just because society is telling you it's trendy and "in style." Instead, buy what you truly like and will get more use out of. If you're only going to wear it for a few months and then never wear it again, just do yourself a favor and save your money.

2. Master the 10 minute rule.
If you see something you want to get, put it down and walk away for ten minutes. That will you give you some time to decide whether you really need it or if you just want it out of impulse.

3. Quality over quantity.
One of the biggest things I've learned when it comes to shopping is that it's better to buy fewer things with better quality than to buy more for cheaper. Let's say you're shopping for shoes. It's better to get one pair of more expensive shoes that will go with more and will last you longer, than to buy five pairs of cheap shoes. This will also result in less clutter in your closet! I know it may sound crazy.. spending more on one item rather than getting five items for that same price? Well the more expensive shoes will probably last you a LOT longer.. so really, it's saving money in the long run.

4. Stick to the sale racks as much as possible.
I hardly ever buy anything full price anymore. Once in awhile, I'll make an exception but it's rare. Why buy something full price when it will most likely be on sale in a month or two?

5. Buy out of season.
Buying a sweater in the middle of July might sound a little silly, but it will save you money. Just like buying a swimsuit in late fall will probably save you money too. It's exciting to buy pre-season things, but if you shop for whatever season is happening or right around the corner, you'll pay more.

6. Create a shopping list beforehand and stick with it.
 It's easy to get sidetracked when you're walking through the store and something catches your eye. Just write up a list of what you're needing to buy and stick to it. Don't buy anything extra.

7. Mend the clothes you have.
Your black button up blouse has a tear in the sleeve? That's ok - fix it. Don't throw it away and buy a new one. It's really simple to sew it up with a needle and thread, and it's going to save you money.

8. Shop second-hand.
We really need to get over the idea that second-hand stores are 'weird'. They aren't! Shopping second hand is cheap as well as eco-friendly, and you can find some good stuff there. You just have to really do some digging.

9. Just shop less.
This is the most generic piece of advice I can give, but it's true! Stop going shopping all the time and you will save incredibly. A good rule of thumb to go by is... Are you going to the store because you actually need something? Or are you going because you're bored and craving that thrill of purchasing new clothes?

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