Recently I had a fabulous conversation with a real-life friend and we bonded over the fact that we never pay full price. Ok, for my $1.80 camisoles at Forever 21 I pay full price. But for most everything else, I always find a deal. And by deal, I mean the lowest possible price – or I won’t buy it.
I realize that on this blog I talk a lot about “the most perfect pair of jeans” and “my favorite nude heel”. When I link those items, I have to link the current prices. But what I don’t tell you, is that most of the products I am talking about I didn’t buy at those current prices. I have several tricks up my sleeves to shop sales – even the gorgeous designer items that sometimes I am drawn too.
For more Wardrobe Basics posts, read them here:
My Capsule Wardrobe
Just Call Me Audrey: Wardrobe Basics
Wardrobe Basics #1
The Nude Heel
The Sexy White One Piece
The Classic Pencil Skirt
1. Ok, as a rule of thumb, I never even look at the full price racks. I know this is crazy for some of you. But, even at Target, I never even LOOK at those racks.
2. I buy items a season ahead. When stores change out their summer clothes for winter items, I stock up on the summer sales for next year. This means I am trend behind, but I don’t care:). I got about TEN tops at Target a few months ago that I will have for next summer. They averaged $3 each.
3. When I research an item and plan ahead, I buy them on Ebay. Remember my favorite American Eagle jeans? I didn’t even spend the $28 they are in stores (which is still really cheap!). I got them for $10 on Ebay. Last year I really wanted a Khaki Trench Coat. Even though I have linked the same one here (which is a GREAT deal on sale for $107), I bought it on Ebay for $60. And, also, my favorite wedge boots (which are in the picture above), are Steve Maddens for $179 which I got on Ebay for $70.
Here are my quick tips for Ebay. Be patient, and set up searches until you find what you are looking for. Only bid on brand-name items that are new (or rarely worn). Watch items, but don’t bid until the very end. And remember, have fun! See all my Ebay Tips here!
4. My new favorite site is Poshmark. This is like Ebay – but BETTER. I have bought and sold from this website – it is totally legit. It is like Pinterest meets Ebay meets a Designer Store. Have fun! Most items are name-brand and super cheap!
5. Ask for SPECIFIC items for your birthday and Christmas. I am addicted to Amazon Wishlists. I wrote about them here – and wrote all my tips and tricks. Whenever I find something new that I like (ie. when I am on your blog and you are ranting about your favorite moisturizer), I immediately add it to my wishlist. This way, I have a reference when I need something new. And, all my family has this list. So instead of getting random items (which I also love!) I get the leopard flats, the pave square earrings, and the burberry scarf that I have been eying. True story. That is how I got my flats, studs, and scarf.
6. Goodwill. This needs a whole separate post. I have done some Goodwill shopping, but am able and willing to learn more! We also have some consignment shops and second-hand stores that I love where I live. I have found tons of items at these stores. The same rules as Ebay apply here. Shop brands. Shop new. Shop patiently. It is worth it, people.
7. I should probably include TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, because their motto is “Never Pay Full Price for Fabulous!” I really love these stores, and don’t frequent them as much as I should. I will say, they are fabulous for underwear. I love a certain brand of bras (sorry for the personal stuff!) and I love to get them at Marshall’s because they are a third of the price. I will say, even when I shop at these two stores, I still ONLY shop sale racks. I am too cheap for their “already marked down prices” :). Awesome new thing: TJ Maxx now sells online…YAY!
8. Lastly, I only splurge when I receive money for a gift. This is something that my husband and I have loved doing. When we receive a birthday check, Christmas money, or a work bonus, it goes 100% to a splurge – either an item we want – or a vacation. When I talk about my love of my Michael Kors bag, I should tell you that I bought it with some money I received. It did not come out of my regular budget. My husband and I took a fabulous trip to Miami Beach last year, and that too came from a special fund. I really don’t like to use special money on groceries, Target shirts, and gas. Seriously? I want to look back and remember how AWESOME that gift was! At the very least, I want a good pair of shoes out of it!
You know how people do OOTD (Outfit of the Day) posts? I should just do posts telling you where I got each item that I am wearing. For instance, today I am representing a Consignment Store, A Seconds Store, Two Birthday Gifts, and a Splurge Gift. Shop sales, people!
That’s how I shop, folks!