If there is one thing I am extraordinary great at; it’s shopping. I take pride in my skills of saving money, waiting for sales, and outsmarting stores by waiting for that dress I’m dying to have to get its price lowered a little. Even though I like to think of myself as an avid shopper and Queen of Steals I definitely fall into the trap of aesthetically pleasing things that I just don’t need, will never actually wear, or will promise myself I’ll use and never do. Here are the tricks I have learned throughout the years, and some tips on how to save money while shopping!

  1. Can You Dupe It? 99% of the time affordable stores like Forever 21, Windsor, Zaful, MakeMeChic, etc. feature styles that are essentially copycat of more expensive brands. If the item you’re dying to have is way out of your price range, check affordable places for similar styles, and chances are, they’ll have them! Sometimes quality is compromised when you go for cheaper alternatives, but if it’s a trendy item you probably won’t wear more then a few times then no harm, no foul 😉 Here is one of my personal favorite dupes!

Zaful Tie-Front Bikini Set: $12.99 vs. Frankies Bikinis Greer Set $170

     2.  The Outfit Test. This tactic has actually saved me from spending my money on A LOT of things. When I’m doing my usual daily online browsing and see something I love, I think to myself…is this something I can only wear in a certain season? Am I still going to like next year? Will I really wear it more than 5 times? If the answer is no, then I don’t buy it. If the answer is yes then I try to envision the outfit varieties I can make with the piece and really think if it’s worth it.

 3. Check Nordstrom Rack. Nordstrom Rack is basically the best store that was ever created. I can spend HOURS in there browsing all the amazing deals they have! Whenever I want something from a brand I generally can’t afford i.e. Free People, PAIGE, Wildfox, Jeffrey Campbell, etc. I always check Nordstrom Rack to see if it’s available there for a much better price! Sometimes the exact item I’m looking for isn’t available, but I always find something I like 🙂 Here are some of my faves from Nordstrom Rack!

Off-The-Shoulder Top | Shorts | Maxi Dress | Jeans |

      4. Go to Sale Section First! I’ve mentioned this in a post before, but 99% of the time the sale section is where it’s at. It’s very hard to bypass all the beautiful newness a store has to offer, but if you are online shopping it’s much easier, trust me. The first thing I do when I online shop is I go right to the sale section, especially for stores that are more pricy. Don’t think that because it’s the sale section the items won’t be cute. Chances are they’re there in the first place because the store had the items WAY overpriced, and no one in their right mind would spend that. But you were the smartypants who waited for the item to go on sale and saved a buttload of money! Go you 😉 Here are some of my favorite places with KILLER sale sections and pricy non-sale items lolol.

Princess Polly | Urban Outfitters | Lulu’s | Showpo

       5. Plan What You Need. If there is anyone on this planet who is guilty of impulse buys it’s this girl. Even though I am on a budget and don’t have $75 to spend on shoes…I do sometimes. But hey, we have all been there at one point or another and I’m definitely working on my problem. To avoid this happening to you though, make sure before you go shopping you know what you need and you only have eyes for that. So when you see those beautiful $200+ purses in the window, know that you DO NOT NEED IT. Unless you like really do and that’s what you went to the mall for in the first place, but you get my point. Try your hardest to only get what you went for and nothing else. It might even help if you only bring a certain amount of cash with you and no credit or debit cards, so once you’re out of money you’re out.

I hope at least one person found these tips helpful, and I could save you some time and money! Let me know if you want more posts with advice like this! I would love to do them 🙂

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Let’s face it; everyone loves a great sale. How can you resist buying ten items if they’re all 30% off?? I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…here are some of the best sales going on right now that you DO NOT want to miss. If you’re like me and you like buying an abundance of clothes at low prices, then you’re going to be in money-saving heaven 🙂

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Forever 21: 50% off 00146084-02-1

I always feature items from Forever 21 on my blog because it has been a favorite store of mine for so long. I can always count on finding trendy items for fair prices and know I’m not getting ripped off 🙂 When Forever 21 has a sale, I usually go a little crazy because their already low prices becoming lower is such a steal! The sale this weekend is up to 50% off the pre-holiday sale!! It’s only on until 11/13 so be sure to take advantage of the sale before it’s gone 🙂

ASOS: 20% off

ASOS is another favorite of mine. I love how their clothes range from all different price points, styles, trends, and body types! They are such a versatile store, and I’m never disappointed when I visit the site. If you haven’t shopped at ASOS before, I would say that now is the time! Look at it as a sign from the sale fairy 😉 You’ll thank me later, trust me.

Misguided: Mystery Discount (plus 35% student discount)

There are always those certain stores you can always count on to have an epic sale, and Misguided is one of them. Some of the items on the site are a little pricey, but honestly they’re all worth the price. Misguided has such a cool vibe, and has some really rad, edgy pieces! If you find that the prices are a little out of range, fear not because this sale will definitely make you feel better about splurging a little 🙂

Kate Spade: 25% off

Generally I don’t talk about super high-end brands on my blog since I like to keep it affordable, but this was just too good not to mention. Even though I don’t have money to spend on name brand purses and wallets and such, I still do because I’m an impulsive 23-year-old who loves cute things. I do however look for sales when I’m purchasing an expensive bag because it makes me feel way less guilty 🙂 Fortunately the Kate Spade bag I have now was purchased for me by my incredible boyfriend (who also got it on sale, which is why we’re so perfect together).

H&M: 80% off sale section

This sale is huge. Like really, really huge. Even if you’re not in desperate need for any clothes right now, you should take advantage of this sale because who knows when something this awesome is going to come back! They have sweaters, jackets, top, jeans, and anything else you could ever want or need.

There you have it! The top five best sales going on this weekend 🙂 Make sure you take advantage of them, and restock your wardrobe with some new pieces at rad prices.

xoxo

Dana

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