Learning how to shop on a budget takes a little planning, price comparison and nevertheless patience. I like to think I’m a smart buyer as I NEVER buy things on the spur of the moment.
Shopping on a budget can be pretty easy, if you know what you’re doing. Also keep in mind that in some cases you get what you pay for, although there are definitely ways to get great quality clothes without a hefty price tag. With these things in mind I’ve put together a list of 5 useful tips that will hopefully help you save some money on your next shopping trip.
- Outlet stores, sample sales and vintage shops are great for shopping on a budget. Personally I love TK Maxx for their significant discounts and designer gems and Bicester Village – my favourite outlet and home to over 130 luxury brands, each offering savings of up to 60%, all year round. Sample sales are also great for guilt-free bargain shopping. You can find the complete list of all UK sample sales here.
- Take advantage of the coupon codes. Most of the retailers offer their loyal customers coupon codes to be used online. Also make sure you sign up for email alerts from your favourite retailers for exclusive offers and sale notices. You’ll thank me later!
- Shop smarter. I always invest in classic, tailored pieces that I’ll wear for years to come. Before splashing your hard-earned money, ask yourself the following questions. Am I filling a wardrobe gap? Does it fit me like a glove? Am I getting this just because it’s on sale or part of a deal? Am I confortable in it? Do I love this with my whole heart?
- Always check the clearance and the sale racks. The extra time browsing through the clothes is definetely worth it – the only downside is that you might want to buy certain pieces just because they’re on sale. Make sure you follow the same rules as above and only buy what you NEED.
- Follow the ‘one in, one out’ rule. Whenever you buy something new, something old needs to go. For some people the idea of having to let go of something stop them from making a purchase. I personally either donate anything that doesn’t fit or sell them on Depop (download the free app and follow me on Depop, username dreamingofchanel).
For inexpensive footwear that look as if they were ripped from the runway, Public Desire is one of the best. I’m also a big fan of Little Mistress for their gorgeous prom dresses and Missguided for their purse-friendly everyday staples. The best part? While they look as though they’ve walked straight off the catwalk, all the below pieces are under £40 or less. Et voila – a budget ensemble that will have everyone asking where its from. You, however can shop the exact same items that I’m wearing by clicking on each product below. Thank me later…
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