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!
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.
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!
top: J.O.A. shoes: Goodwill (such a score!) bag: Melie Bianco pants: Blue Faith
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d be happy to help!
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!