You’re shopping at your favorite online clothing store and you see the cutest denim jacket…like ever. Your eyes wander down to the price tag underneath the picture…$150 dollars. Your dreams of rockin’ that awesome jacket are crushed. Now, maybe some of you splurge and buy it…it’s always fun to splurge on a few items every season! But, I know I can’t splurge on every single item I buy..sometimes I want to save some moolah. So I wanted to create this guide of tips and tricks on how to save some money when shopping, whether it’s online or in stores. So without further ado…let the guide begin!
1) Rent One Time Outfits
So I used this trick A LOT when I was in college. I was in a sorority and we always had mixers/events that we had to dress really nice for. I didn’t have 6 prom-esque dresses just laying around in my wardrobe at any given minute (let’s be real…I didn’t even have 1), so I started renting those kinds of clothes from Rent the Runway. This was a serious lifesaver!! It’s a website that has tons of good quality, designer brand items that you can rent for a fraction of the price. Just plug in how long you want to rent it for (I usually did 4 days) and then on that 4th day just send it back to them (they pay for all the shipping and handling, etc). How awesome is that? Check it out here
2) Utilize Coupon Saving/Finding Sites
This website I’m going to show you is nothing short of amazing. You can find deals on literally anything here and it’s updated basically all the time. It lists coupons and deals going on at stores all around the country. It’s basically money saving heaven…so I highly suggest checking it out here
3) Look for a Sale Within a Sale
Now, this might not make any sense at first…but when I was browsing the Anthropologie site the other day (dreaming about buying the whole store) I saw that they were having a sale within their sale…meaning when you go on the sale part of their website it says “take an extra $25 off sale items”. That means, for example, you could get one of their adorable mugs for $6.75…instead of the sale price $9.95 or the regular price of $14. How awesome is that!! Here’s the link to their sale page if you want to check it out! So, look for sales within a sale…lot’s of online stores do something like this and it’s a great way to save even more money!
4) Time Your Purchases Right
So I came across this really cool information and just had to share it with you guys…because I never would have known this! And it’s perfect for $$$ saving. “Buying off-season clothing will always cost you less, but did you know there are certain months when the prices dip lowest for a variety of items in your wardrobe. March is your best bet for running shoes, while October is best for denim.” – Time.com
5) Use Blogger/Youtuber Discount Codes
This is a win win for everyone! Bloggers and Youtubers always have discount codes for various brands/products and they usually range from %10-%30 off! It’s a win for you because you get to save money on your favorite brands and it’s a win for the influencer because they (sometimes) get a percentage of the profit.
6) Sell Old Clothes to Make Extra Money
Selling old clothes is a great idea! You get to clean out your wardrobe and make room for new items all while making some money! Depop and Ebay are two great platforms to sell old/unworn clothes on. You can either save the profits…or you could use the profits to treat yourself to that denim jacket you’ve been eyeing! (Which, in my opinion is the better option!)
7) Subscribe to Store Emails
Now, I know store emails can get annoying…they sometimes send you like 5 a day and if you’re anything like me, that can really annoy you. But they sometimes have great sale information that you wouldn’t have otherwise known about. My suggestion is to make a separate email account just for store and brand emails so they don’t bombard your personal email. I’ve done this and it’s worked really well. I’ll give stores and brands that specific email and only check it when I’m curious about what sales are going on. I recently went to Bath and Body Works because I saw one of their emails that said fall hand soaps were on sale for like $2.95…and you better believe I jumped in my car 5 minutes after reading that.
8) Use Points at Ulta
I’m pretty much a regular at Ulta. I signed up for their rewards system a long time ago and it’s been great so far! For every dollar you spend, you get a certain number of points on your account. You can then redeem those points for money aka free stuff. This option obviously requires you to spend a decent amount of money before hand…but over time it can definitely pay off. One time I got $15 off my purchase because of all the points I racked up! (that’s either a good thing or a bad thing…)
Happy shopping and happy money saving!