Shopping now is a great idea because of all the savings. My tip is not to save money on designer stuff (because you’ll still end up paying quite a lot) but to go to the cheaper stores for some serious bargains! I got a pair of skinny jeans for $10!
SALES!!!! Many people are now having sales. I get my fav kinds of sunglasses from WetSeal for $3! They also have cute shirts for $5. Mad cute earrings 2 for $6!
If you look hard enough, you can find a lot of great things from Goodwill! I got some brandnew clothes with the tags on for $2 an item!
Forever 21 + Kohls + Urban Outfitter’s clearance rack
kohls all the way.
cheap and cute.(:
orchid / 111 posts
There’s a store called Fashion Cents and nothing is over $40.00(including jeans). I’m always shopping there and other stores like DEBS, Wet Seal, Forever 21, and Express. But I mostly shop when there’s a sale.
I like that frozenfire55608 suggested thrift stores. Seriously, find a good one, and check it out. They’re amazing sometimes.
Otherwise, what I do to NOT spend any money is I go through my old clothes. I only get rid of stuff when I’m ABSOLUTELY sure I will never wear it again. So, I have a lot of stuff from years past stored in space saver bags, I find new ways to put things together or I remember how great some things I stopped wearing were, and I wear them again.
Besides, fashion is ALWAYS bringing looks and styles back. My friends and I have joked that any day now, Gap will decide it’s “bringing back” the undershirt, haha.
daffodil / 1622 posts
I’ve not had to change my spending habits because I’ve always been thrifty. I never buy anything full price (bags and jewellery excluded), and only buy things if I know I’m going to wear it more than five times and I’m going to be able to wear it in two years time; ie good quality, classic items.
Sales, coupons, and buying things out of season.
who says I’m saving?
Macy’s. I’m not sure if it’s because she’s got an account, but she gets a ton of coupons that she can use together- these can make a $30 cardigan $15 or less.
orchid / 183 posts
I get most of my clothes at Salvation Army and Goodwill. If you think about it, the only people who can donate *are* the wealthy, and so they’ll have nice clothing.
Recently I got two Express pencil skirts from Salvation Army with tags intact for $4 each. When I got home, as I was taking the tag off I saw that they were $78 each.
Another time I got a pair of jeans that were 7 For All Mankind with a tag for $120 for only $7.
Also, I shop on Ebay a lot and clearance, clearance, clearance!
Ebay, Primark, hand-downs and sales! (:
Look for consignment shops in your city. They’re a little nicer than Goodwill, but still with bargain prices. I LOVE designer jeans, but I refuse to pay retail. These kinds of stores are great to look at for quality clothes at fantastic prices. Just do a google search to find what’s in your area.
SALES and coupon codes. =)
rose / 948 posts
shop for the things you really really need; one that’s a great investment and can match with every other pair of outfit you have
I’ve become addicted to shopping Forever 21 online. My friends and I will put a big order together so the shipping is free and we don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a few outfits!
if it’s not on sale, it doesnt exist
Ross and Marshall’s.
thrift shops and sales
Forever 21 actually has much cuter clothes then they used too, and it’s cheap!
My big money saver is shopping at American Apparel. I knoooow that the prices for items are pretty high. BUT. You only have to buy a few items, in solid colors, and you can mix and match and wear them tons of different ways!Then go to thrift stores, garage sales, etc to pick up cool, cheap things to accessorize with.
Sales.. clearance racks.. coupons.. shopping at stores like Hollister, AE, Abercrombie, RUEHL, and Guess… but not OVERbuying. Keep things at the minimum. I mostly buy clothes around the 4th of July and during Thanksgiving for extra and AMAZING savings. And plus, I buy the things that I need, not WANT.
i look for things that are on sale. when you do that, you can buy unique looking shirts for atleast $5 plus the accessories for even cheaper to make your style more awesome.
forever 21, wet seal, kohl’s, charlotte russe, deb, thrift stores… cheap & awesome.
Sales & thrift stores (;
I actually found a pair of Dollhouse jeans for 10 bucks from macy’s which was kind of a shocker. (I dont really shop there but i was in desperate need of a pair.) I never go on shopping sprees and buy a bunch of things at once no matter how cheap they are. I have a lilttle technique: I save up some mulah and and when i go to the mal o something i make sure not to spend it all and buy some really cheap stuff, maybe like a shirt or two, and a pair of jeans. whatever I have left over i try to put it towards more money i am saving up and by the time i have a lot of money saved up i go through the cycle again! eventually my clothes accumulate to become a cute wardrobe
yeah i go for sales too! after working in retail for a couple of years i figured out that a lot of things are out on the floor before the season even started and things go on sale in the middle of the season anyways. For example, swim suits; my store had them out in march! They went on sale like late june when it still summer. Therefore; never buy anything full price unless you gotta have it know it will be sold out kind of thing-other than that just be patient. I got soo many tops for like 10 dollars when they were originally 40. I am not talking about hideous shirts-people still complement on them! Just know when to look oh retailmenot.com has coupons sometimes =]
Salvation Army and Goodwill are definitely two of my favorite places to get a good deal. I’ve gotten clothing that was originally marked at over $100 for less than $5 with tags still intact! In fact, my two favorite skirts (one of which I’m currently wearing) are both from thrift stores. Warehouses and overstock stores are also great places to look.
In addition, I usually check the sales racks at big-name stores for discounts. You can often buy out of season clothing for a decent percentage off.
Sometimes when I’m shopping I’ll look for garments that are slightly messed up or have some sort of defect. I’ll then bring this to an employee’s attention and they often offer a discount.
I also make my own accessories. I’ll go to a craft store and buydifferent gauges of wire, beads, chains, and other jewelry-making itemsand then assemble it myself. You can get designer looks for a fractionof the cost!
dahlia / 2382 posts
Sales, thrift stores, clothing swaps for things like clothes. I only buy things like lotion & body wash twice a year. When Victoria Secret & Bath & Body Works have those semi-annual sales or Christmas specials, I buy bags full of soap, washes & lotion & only spend like $20-30.
Big Lots is an awesome place to go too. you find cheap stuff marked down even more. Like those Soft Soap bodywashes in those huges bottles. You get them for like $3-4 in regular stores but over there it’s $2.30!! They even have some make up too if you use drugstore products.
I also reuse seasonal clothing. Like summer tops or dresses can be good with cartigans & sweaters. Heel shoes can look cute with tights or stockings.
1) sales…of course2) T.J. MAXX AND MARSHALL’S <33333333seriously…i try to go once a week if i can. many gems if it’s a good location. awesome active wear, lilly pulitzer, vineyard vines…i definitely come across some amazing items!3) j.crew outlet4) lacoste outlet4) E-BAY!!! great deals on stuff i like (lilly and vineyard vines), and i lovee being able to get stuff from previous seasons!
magnolia / 1055 posts
forever 21, Ross plus I get a lot of freebies
orchid / 141 posts
Online shopping is the best way to stay stylish while saving money. My current addiction? RedTagCrazy.com
TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Century 21 clothing
Online shopping sometimes kicks ass, especially if you get coupon codes which helps save a bundle. I check out http://www.retailmenot.com whenever I’m “browser shopping” Urban Outfitters or something and sometimes with luck, you’ll get the free shipping coupon + 20% off. Just heaven I tell you.
Also, I usually shop in Forever 21 for tops, they’re affordable and are stylish too. I tend to save money anyway because I buy simple cuts that I think will last me a while so I don’t get bored of, say, the distracting polka dots or plaids after 4 times of using it.
And there’s always outlet malls. I bought a really really great pair of dark-rinse bootcut jeans from Pacsun for $9.99. I seriously wish I bought more because they’re my favourite and looks good with a tshirt or even a Mossimo Dutti top.
Also like everyone who mentioned it, Macy’s is a great place to shop and save money. I bought these pair of sandals that I get compliments on everytime I wear them. The tag was for $42 but it was on markdown AND on that day they had a 20% off coupon they were handing out to customers. Be friendly with the salespeople and they’ll hook you up
sunflower / 408 posts
if someone is pretty tight on money (which most people are at this point), the best way to cut back spending and still grab stylish clothing is to religiously watch the clearance racks or clearance sections online at the stores that you love. then again, people also have to remember that things do not always stay in style and that is usually what clutters the clearance/bargain areas the most. just make sure that you can rock what you buy. thats the only thing that creates a “stylish” outfit; confidence in whatever you wear. so then last year’s style doesn’t seem so last year with that confidence.
warehouse sales ftw! (: seriously, cheap stuff.
Shop at Walmart, Kohls, etc. I also buy a lot of my clothes on clearance. Summer’s barely started, and they’re already marking things down.
clearance and sales.
magnolia / 1030 posts
you can find cute items anywhere
i love old navy personally, esp clearance= cheap as can bewait for end of seasongo through your closet and combine stuff and experiment. really cute outfits may result
My mother and I have had to cut back on the shopping this year. But for me that is so not possible so I’ve been trying to lower my spending by buying cheaper clothes but stylish at the same time. SORRY DRESS BARN BUT YOUR MATERIAL IS CHEAP ENOUGH TO USE AS A TISSUE. As a teenager, I need to maintain stylish in highschool. So I’ve been shopping at stores like Mandee,Forever 21, Charlotte Rousee. Mandee can be a little high priced sometimes but i shop on the sale racks. Their sales range from 5$-20$. In our economy we deserve to look nice for a cheap price. Like for example i bought a gorgeous lavendar tunic at Forever 21 for less than 20$ ! and I paired it with leggings and gladiator sandals. So high prices aren’t my problem any more.
Goodwill. I live within a reasonable distance of about eight or nine Goodwill stores. You have to dig a bit, but can find anything from abercrombie to banana republic to anne taylor to american apparel, sometimes even new with tags.
Last time I went I found a Givenchy vest in perfect condition.
DEB Clearance racks.
I got TEN shirts there for $0.75 EACH!!!!!!!! And I’ve been mucho complimented on practically EVERY ONE
i live in charity shops XD
i think that’s more because even if there wasn’t a recession i’d charity shop anyway.mainly because i’m sixteen and the chinese restaurant i worked at has shut down.bye, income.
i shop at forever 21 and bebe a lot although bebe wouldnt be under the save money category but i cant resist. i dont think people need to look stylish as long as their comfortable and the clothes fit your body. mix and match is also a good thing. im really good at mixing and matching boutiques are also a good option. find a good boutique and stick to it. the boutiques i shop at usually have sales like 5 tops for a dollar.
clearance racks… everywhere. it takes a bit of searching though, to find good items among the weird/ugly looking items.
clearance > sale > regular price
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