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 cut to the chase: I freaking love shopping and I can’t stop myself from buying cute things when I see them. I do have some self-control when I know I need to save or if bills are due, but for the most part I loveeeee shopping more than I should. It’s not a problem, it’s a way of life…for me at least. Shopping makes me happy because clothes make me happy. I love being able to feel confident and make a statement with my style, and shopping helps me do that! You might be wondering; “Dana, you’re known as ‘One Broke Blonde’, how can you do so much shopping?” Well my fine readers, I’ll let you in on some of my tips and tricks 😉

This post is not sponsored by any brand or company mentioned. All opinions are my own 🙂

  1. SHOP ON  SALE ITEMS FIRST. This may be a no brainer, but as tempting as it is to check out new arrivals the sale section is where it’s at. Stores update their sale section regularly so you won’t be shopping all of the older items. A lot of stores have pretty awesome sale sections! Here are some of my favorite sale items from five of my favorite stores!

Missguided Dress | Princess Polly Romper | Luca + Grae Dress | Tobi Dress | Shop Love Street Shoes 

      2. WAIT FOR DISCOUNT CODES. I know it’s hard to wait for that adorable dress you’ve been eyeing up for two weeks, but stay strong! Big brands have site wide sales and discounts pretty regularly! If you can wait for that, then you can save a lot of cash on items you would’ve spent a lot more on! Patience is virtue, especially when it comes to shopping. Here are some of my favorite stores that almost ALWAYS have awesome sales going on!

Missguided | Tobi | Metal of Pearl |

3. GET HONEY. I bet you’re wondering what Honey is, and no I’m not talking about the delicious sweetener. Honey is basically the greatest invention ever. Essentially, all you need to do is install it into your browser, and whatever store you shop on Honey automatically finds discount codes and coupons to use so you always save money!! It’s so awesome and there are so many stores it works with too! It’s free and simple and I personally think that is a wonderful combination.

4. NORDSTROM RACK IS EVERYTHING. This should come as no surprise, but Nordstrom Rack is one of my fav stores ever. You can get big-name brands that are usually quite expensive for a much better price. Granted, there are some items that are still pricey but they are definitely better prices than the retail! One example is Calvin Klein apparel. Urban Outfitters (who I love but is ridiculously expensive) sells Calvin Klein bras for $28, but I got mine from Nordstrom Rack for $11.97. 😎 Talk about a style steal! Here are some more of my favorite pieces from Nordstrom Rack on awesome sales!

Free People Tunic | Melrose and Market Top | Wildfox Top | Lucky Brand Top | Jeffrey Campbell Sandal

5. SIGN UP FOR PERKS. Getting tons of emails can be frustrating, but getting exclusive sales and offers makes it worth it. You don’t need to sign up for tons of reward programs, just pick your favorite stores you want to get perks from and they will be delivered right to your inbox! You’ll also be notified first when sales happen or other big events! I’ve scored a lot of awesome things from being a part of reward programs! Plus most stores offer a discount just for joining! It’s a super easy and efficient way to save you some money 🙂

I hope this post was helpful to you guys and you’ll put these tips to good use! Remember, even though it is extremely important to save money and be financially stable it never hurts to treat yourself once in a while! Don’t be afraid to buy yourself some new things, you deserve them! If you’re hesitant though then try out these tips and I guarantee you’ll feel less guilty 😉

Happy shopping, babes!

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The greatest Monday of the entire year is finally here!  It’s the day that makes online shopping ten times more fun, and Christmas shopping ten times easier! As always I’ve scoped out some of the absolute best sales going on all day today! You can thank me later 😉

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Tobi 60% off New Arrivals!

Tobi always has awesome sales going on, but this one takes the cake! If you haven’t shopped at Tobi before, they have some really trendy, adorable pieces at great prices! You defintiely won’t be disappointed! This is also a great place to shop for that fashion loving friend, as well as snagging a little something for yourself as well 😉

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Originally $98, now $49!

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Originally $123, now $52!!

Lulu’s 40% off Sale Items! 

Lulu’s is one of my all time favorite stores. Their style is so feminine and fun, and there’s nothing on their site I’m not in love with! Sometimes their items can be a bit pricey, but this sale changes everything. Lulu’s is the perfect place to shop for the girly-girl on your shopping list 🙂

Originally $46, now $35!!

Originally $46, now $35!!

Originally $49, now $34!!

Originally $49, now $34!!

Caseify 20% off orders of $70+, 16% off orders of $30+

Caseify is the place to shop for all your tech loving friends. Caseify offers the most unique phone cases for everyone’s taste and personality! They also offer earbuds, Apple Watch bands, iPad/iPod covers, MacBook sleeves, Android cases, and Samsung cases! There is something for everyone, so get shopping 🙂

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Ulta SO MANY SALES

Ulta is offering sooo many different promotions for Cyber Monday I couldn’t fit them all into one title! Get all your makeup lovers some amazing gifts, and spoil yourself a bit while you’re at it 🙂 Also with any $75 purchase you get a FREE beauty bag filled with goodies with a $112 value! Happy shopping 🙂

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Urbanog 30% off sitewide PLUS free shipping!

As you guys know, Urbanog is one of my all time favorite stores to shop from. I am completely obsessed with their shoes, but their clothes are just as awesome. It’s hard to believe they made their already affordable prices even more affordable!

Originally $47.30, now $30.74!!

Originally $47.30, now $30.74!!

Originally $45.20, now $29.38

Originally $45.20, now $29.38

Steve Madden 35% off PLUS Free Shipping!!

Okay, so Steve Madden is one of my favorite shoe brands, but they are quite expensive so I usually just admire the shoes on my computer screen and wait for an epic sale like this one. If you’re in the same boat as me, then this sale is everything you could ask for!

Originally $89.95, $54.50 with code CYBER

Originally $89.95, $54.50 with code CYBER

Originally $129.95, $84.95 with code CYBER

Originally $129.95, $84.95 with code CYBER

Bath & Body Works  25% off sitewide with code CYBERWOAH

I think it’s a pretty known fact that Bath & Body Works is an insane, anxiety-ridden place to be on Black Friday. Yes, the sales are great…but are three free items really worth getting shoved, elbowed, and waiting in line for three hours? My vote is no, not at all. So instead I prefer to shop their Cyber Monday deals instead because they are just as great, AND you get to shop from the comfort of your couch without getting trampled.

My favorite scent! Now $12.50 with code CYBERWOAH

My favorite scent! Now $9.37 with code CYBERWOAH

Another amazing Christmas scent for only $12.50. Originally $22.50!

Another amazing Christmas scent for only $12.50. Originally $22.50!

I hope this post gives you some shopping inspiration, and gives you some ideas for those in your shopping list 🙂 There are tons of amazing sales going on all day today, so make sure to take advantage of as many as you can! If there are any incredible sales that I didn’t mention be sure to leave them in the comments!!

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