I have always enjoyed the challenge of finding a deal, bargain shopping and feeling like I have accomplished something. Do you get excited at the prospect of “saving” money, even if you didn’t need something?
Buying things that are on sale is not always easy, there are a lot of things that I have bought in the past that have sat in my closet, tags still on, and never worn because I only bought them because they were a “deal”. If this sounds like you, then you definitely need to read on!
Have you ever heard yourself say “look how much money I saved” when you bought something? I have to admit that I have told Brandon that many times and he just laughs because he knows that in order to SAVE that money, it means I had to spend money 😉
If you’re interested in saving yourself some money without stressing yourself out, and having fun – read on…
Take Your Time
One of the biggest reasons that some people might be more effective at bargain shopping is that they allow themselves time. I know it sounds simple, but if you’ve ever been into a store like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack or Ross you know that if you want to find anything you really have to dig. You have to be able to rummage, to pull things out, and to check everywhere because things are crammed onto racks and not everything is where it should be. I have been told that stores like this are an anxiety catalyst, meaning that it makes them break out into a sweat even just thinking about going into them, so it makes sense that if you don’t want to experience that feeling as intensely, you probably want to avoid peak times (weekends or lunchtimes).
Know What You’re Looking For
I have found my bargain shopping success comes more often when I have a specific color, style or fabric I am searching for. Of course that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t jump at amazing deals just because they are outside your search criteria (unless they fall into the category of buying it ONLY because it’s on sale), it just means you have at least a goal in mind. Knowing styles that work for your body is also helpful so that when you find something in your size you have an idea of whether it will work even before you try it on.
Give Yourself a Limit
This is definitely an area where I struggle a little because I don’t like to take anything off the table. If I find something I like to be able to buy it, but there have definitely been times that I have told myself I would only spend a certain amount and I have always been able to find multiple things that have kept me under that budget. One thing I like to remind myself of is that something is only a bargain if you can afford it…if you have the means. I absolutely love a lot of designer shoes and I would love to have my closet filled with Louboutins, Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahnik’s, but it’s also not something I want to spend all my money on!
Take a Friend
I am definitely a highly efficient solo shopper (anyone who knows me will attest), however, the most fun I have is when I have a friend – you know that person that will tell you “NO! don’t buy it just because it’s cheap!” Another rule of bargain shopping is that a bargain is not a bargain unless it’s something you will really wear! Like I mentioned before, the number of times I have bought something that was a “deal” only for it to sit in my closet for ages until I spring clean and send it to goodwill!
Break it up
If you are making a day of shopping, break it up by grabbing lunch or coffee, just to allow yourself to recoup even if just for a little while. As you know I often go out of town on shopping trips and while I do spend 99% of the time shopping, I definitely take time to smell the roses, enjoy the food and company! If you are not a “shopper” by nature, then you will definitely want to make sure that wherever you’re going, you don’t plan on spending more time than necessary there. Even though I do love to shop, I definitely don’t like to spend too long in any store – I like to scan, and then leave.
Do it Online
Bargain shopping is by no means something that needs to be done in person. Most stores have mailing lists that you can sign up for and will receive sale offers, there are also many sites that offer discounts, and daily deals, so there is honestly no reason that you can’t find a deal from the comfort of your couch. The key with online clothes shopping is knowing the styles that work for YOU and reading the sizing guide because every store has different sizing). Some of the best deals I have came from online sites, which I especially love because I am less likely to see someone else wearing the same thing! Some of my favorite online shopping stores are: ASOS.com, BOOHOO.com, HAUTELOOK.com and of course some websites like Zulily that offers daily deals, and Brads Deals. Amazon has really “upped” their game too – so if I am looking for something specific or want to see some fun, less expensive styles, I always search their inventory too!
If you are one of the many that likes the idea of bargain shopping but it causes anxiety just thinking about it, I hope these tricks or tips have helped! I would love to hear if you have any ideas that I may have missed…hit me up 🙂
You can check out some amazing deals by viewing some shopping links I have put together for you – my latest favorite bargains…and these SALE items even have a bigger discount, just click the picture links below…