If one of your resolutions in 2015 is to cut down on your fashion spending without compromising your style, I hear you. Being a fashionista can sometimes do a lot of damage to your wallet. Before you know it, you have a ton of clothes, shoes and accessories yet no money in the bank. Here are some tips to becoming a budget-savvy fashionista to get your shopping and saving on the right track.
1. Have self-control and set a budget.
It all begins with a state of mind. A lot of times we buy things we really don’t need. Often, it’s because it’s a trend, it’s cute, it’s on sale and the list of excuses goes on and on.
The first step to becoming a budget-savvy fashionista this year is to have a mindset that you will be smart in your choices. Think twice before buying anything and don’t be impulsive. Remember, self-control is a sign of maturity and having it will definitely save you tons of money.
2. Use coupons.
Coupons are a great way to save on shopping. With sites like Coupons.com, you can find major deals on brands and stores, whether you shop online using coupon codes or in store with their printables. You can also download the mobile app so that you can have it handy when you’re out and about. Shopping becomes more budget-friendly when you can see how much you save.
3. Take advantage of sales.
If you ever find yourself wanting a particular item, don’t give in to purchasing it immediately. Remember, self-control. If you don’t really need it, you can wait for it to go on sale. Fashion items move so fast because of the seasons, so chances are that camel-colored coat you have your eyes on will go on sale after a few weeks. Patience is a virtue.
Almost all stores usually have special holiday sales for President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and more. Others also have their annual, semi-annual, and kick-off sales. Perhaps subscribing to your favorite store’s newsletter is a good idea so you can be notified of upcoming sales. A lot of times you also get a coupon just for signing up.
4. Peruse shopping apps.
If you have never heard of Poshmark or Pose, you should check them out. These are popular shopping apps that you can download for free from iTunes or the Android store. You can find brand new and pre-loved items at much lower prices. It’s like a thrift store on your phone!
5. Shop bloggers’ closets.
If you have favorite fashion bloggers, check out their social media accounts to see if they are having a closet sale. Usually, they either have a separate Instagram account where they sell the clothes, shoes and accessories that they might have only worn once. Some of them also have a Poshmark or a Pose account, which is just another good reason to have those apps.
6. Visit thrift stores.
There’s no shame in visiting Goodwill or Salvation Army. Some of the best budget-savvy fashionistas I know have scored some awesome brand name and designer items at these stores – new and with tags for just a fraction of the cost! If you happen to have an older family member who wants to join in on the fun, bring he or she along as you’ll both get an additional senior citizen discount.
Do you have any tips on how to become a budget-savvy fashionista? Let us know in the comments below!