It can be tough to be a fashionista if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. But by becoming more aware of your spending habits and making some small changes, you get the most for your money.
What Breakable Habits Do You Have?
The first step to freeing up your budget is to recognize what you spend your money on. Once you determine that, you can then determine which habits you aren’t going to break. In other words, habits that are worth more to you than the extra spending money breaking them would create.
Once you pick out your favorites, get rid of the rest or find substitutes. For example, making your own coffee.
While most people like to shop name brands, you can find cheaper alternatives. Cheaper stores offer stylish options with deeply discounted prices. If brands are important to you, wait for sales and register for sale emails. For most stores, you can also register to receive coupons via email.
Make Smart Choices
It is also a good idea to buy clothes during the off seasons and watch out for the best deals in July, August, January, and February. Since you are trying to save money, avoid buying clothes that will need to be dry cleaned as you will be losing more money through those expenses.
Before going shopping, take inventory of what you have. Only buy clothes that are being used to replace clothes you already have that are old or worn out.
However, the clothes you already own can be used with newer items you are buying to create a new look. Accessories such as scarves or bracelets, which are usually less expensive than clothes, can transform an outfit. Or you can pair your short dress for dates with some stylish leggings to get a cute outfit for work.
Does That Item Fit Your Wardrobe?
When buying a new piece of clothing, think carefully as to whether or not you will be able to wear it with other pieces from your wardrobe.
Be sure that the colors of accessories such as belts and scarves match most of the clothes in your wardrobe. It is also helpful to buy solid colors which will be easier to match.
Borrow or Shop Thrift Stores
You can also swap clothes with friends to avoid going out and spending money again. Start a group on social media and make it a fun monthly event.
You can also check out thrift stores for gently-used, or sometimes even brand new, clothing for cheap prices. If you want to go online, e-Bay is another place to look.
Remember: you can save money and look great – you just have to know what you’re doing!