5 Tips And Hacks For Shopping on a Budget

One of the reasons why I started blogging was to share my tips on fashion/styling and what inevitably comes with it – shopping.  If you’ve been coming here for a while, you know I’m all about good quality and affordable prices. I am constantly looking for ways to save money on buying clothes (because having a fashion blog requires you to do a lot of it), but there’s already a few shopping on a budget tricks and hacks I’ve learned over the years. In today’s post, I’d like to share them all with you!

photography by Olivia Shea Style

shopping on a budget by Shenska

Napa Valley summer style on Shenska off the shoulder yellow top

1. Get used to shopping at second-hand / thrift stores.

I recently wrote an article about this convenient and affordable thrifting experience. In my opinion, hitting up consignment stores is always a good idea if you’re shopping on a budget. But you know what’s even better? Thrifting from the comfort of your home! That’s what thredUP is for. You can read all about it here.

JOA off the shoulder top

2. Mix high and low pieces.

Today’s look is a perfect example of what I mean. Some of the things I’m wearing are brand new (and cost more) and some of them are pre-loved, meaning – I picked them up at Goodwill. Can you tell which ones are those? If you can’t, then mission accomplished!

mixing high and low end pieces style tips

top: J.O.A.     shoes: Goodwill (such a score!)   bag: Melie Bianco    pants: Blue Faith

mixing high and lows shopping

3. Shop small and support your local boutiques.

Ever since I moved to Napa and been exposed to many great businesses here, I now understand more than ever how important it is to support your local entrepreneurs. Before, I often thought that shopping at local boutiques is out of my range (money wise), but I was pleasantly surprised once I started working with 2 Weeks Notice. Turns out, the owner Nadine carries such great pieces (like this J.O.A. top) for more affordable prices than Nordstrom or Shopbob does. So basically, you get the same great quality and the latest trends but for much less money! If you don’t believe me, check out how this top from 2 Weeks Notice Clothing sells for $48, whereas the same top on Revolve’s shop goes for $70.

4. Don’t buy trending pieces right away.

I always find it funny how one piece of clothing or style becomes so popular, you can basically see it on every other blogger, if not all of them. I myself, fall into this trap, but that’s the essence of our job  – to report trends and tell you where to buy them. But since my budget for shopping was never too big, I learned to sometimes sit on the trends.

Why? Often times waiting for a similar piece/trend to appear at different stores guarantees competitive prices. The piece you’re looking for may not look exactly like the original one, but if you’re shopping on a budget and really want a similar piece, I wouldn’t be too picky! Just make sure you don’t entirely compromise the quality. After all, spending money on poorly made clothes is not a good idea either (because they won’t last too long).

Napa Valley fashion blogger style tips

off the shoulder yellow top

5. Sell before you buy.

Before I put my all into blogging and started getting paid collaborations (and free clothes to review), I used to invest a lot of my time into selling my clothes. My rule of thumb was simple: If you want to buy something new, you gotta sell something old first. And it worked like a charm! Not only did I not spend any more money on clothing, I felt like I was making some! At first, I succeeded on selling a few things through Craigslist, and then I switched to using Poshmark exclusively. You can check out my profile here.

There are, of course, plenty other places where you can sell your things at for a less or no commission (Poshmark takes 20% of your earnings), but I found this platform to work best for me. Should you have any questions about the whole process, be sure to leave me a comment or shoot an email to paulina@shenska.com  I’d be happy to help!

summer style shopping on a budget Napa Valley

high and low styling Napa Valley fashion blogger

how to mix high and low pieces by Shenska

The last piece of advice for shopping on a budget?

Become a blogger! Now, of course I’m being a little bit ironic about that. However, if you’re passionate about fashion, beauty or lifestyle in general, and like to share your finds with others, then go for it! Blogging is a great platform for you to grow, earn some extra income and make new friends. Granted, it may take some time before you start seeing results, but with a whole lotta patience, consistency and hard work, you will surely succeed!

What are your tips for shopping on a budget? I’d love to hear!



45 thoughts on “5 Tips And Hacks For Shopping on a Budget

  1. I totally do what your blog talks about prior to shopping. I sell my clothes online! I really wish Poshmark was available for use in Canada, it would be so helpful to me! I need to do more thrift shopping more often, you can find some really good buys like those stunning mules you have on!

    Rina Samantha

    1. That’s a bummer they are not available in Canada, but I bet whenever you decide to put your clothes up for sale, they will sell out like fresh bread! You have some amazing pieces in your closet, girl! xoxo

  2. I think having a good mix of high and low items and shopping secondhand is the best. I’m trying harder to abide by the one in one out rule now too. I love your look, and the top is so fun and cute. I did guess that the shoes were the thrifted item, only because the fit doesn’t look perfect and I know all too well when you find a cute shoe that might be a half size too big for $3, you get it anyway, haha.
    Chic on the Cheap

  3. You look beautiful in yellow and this top is fantastic. It’s crazy that the exact same top is priced higher online. These are great tips, Paulina! I’m all about shopping on a budget! And second-hand stores are some of the best places to do that because we all cycle thru our clothing so quickly you can always find trendy pieces there. And sometimes even score some designer pieces. I wish thredup shipped to Canada because they always have such cute clothes. Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Jackie

    1. That’s a great point! We get bored with our clothes so quickly that’s another reason to not spend too much money on shopping current trends. 😉

  4. These are all such fantastic tips, girl! I love and agree with them all, especially the one on trends. I, too, have discovered that when you wait it out, you can often get really great deals on them that you would’ve missed out on if you were to jump in right away! Thanks so much for sharing, girlie, and I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!



  5. You look amazing dear!! The yellow looks so good on you and love your bag! I totally agree with you on your tips! I am very lucky to have a twin sister who has the same size as I do which makes my closet twice as big, haha! Have a lovely weekend in Napa! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

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