How to Shop on a Budget

29 Mar 2019

Almost every woman loves to shop. Whether it’s shopping for your husband and kids or simply wandering around the stores getting some fashion inspiration, shopping never seems to get old. As much as you love shopping, your wallet probably doesn’t. Shopping can get expensive quickly and you can end up spending a lot more money than you planned to. Before you plan your next shopping outing with your girlfriends or daughters, here are a few tips to help you learn how to shop on a budget.

Resist Impulse Buys

Impulse buys are one of the easiest ways to spend more money than you wanted to. Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean you should buy it. In fact, with impulse buying, you end up spending more money on inexpensive clothes than you would on an expensive, high-quality item.

Typically, impulse buys happen with cheaper items that you might find in stores like Target or Walmart. Instead of buying a cheap t-shirt that’s on sale for $5 at Target, save your money for a better quality and longer lasting cap sleeve shirt from a reliable brand.

Review What You Own

Before hitting the stores, take a look at the items you already have in your closet. If you see a lot of one item or one color, resist buying these items in the store. You will save a lot of money by not buying items you already have. If you see a bunch of items you no longer wear or that do not fit, try selling or donating them to make room in your closet for new items. Selling your clothes online or at consignment stores is a great option! You will end up with a little more cash in your pocket and can utilize that money on some new clothes that you will actually wear.

Shop for Classics

When shopping, try to stick to classic items that will look good with a variety of different pieces and that will look good season after season. Items like essential layering shirts, practical jeans and pants, and neutral shoes will go a long way. To take your outfits to the next level by adding some accessories that follow current trends.

Shop with Cash

Instead of paying with your credit card, take cash to the stores. When you pay with a credit card, you don’t pay as much attention to how much you are actually spending nor the impact it’s making on your bank account. If you are really looking to shop on a budget, maybe only bring around $200 (or whatever amount you are looking to spend) in cash. That way, you will know exactly how much money you have left after each purchase. In addition, you won’t go over budget if you only have cash on you.

Look for Deals

Unless you are in desperate need for something, there is no need to buy it right away. If you see an item you like in the store, try waiting a few days to see the brand introduces a new deal or if the item goes on sale. With both in-store and online options, you are likely to see that cap sleeve shirt that you’ve had your eye end up on a sale. In addition, if you see that your favorite store is having a sale, try perusing their selection to see if there’s anything you could really use. With so many deals happening both in store and online, there’s no reason you should pay full price for anything.

Shopping on a budget is doable, and you can still find the classic items that you love. Both your closet and your wallet will thank you when you choose to shop on a budget. If you have been looking for some new, affordable, stylish and comfortable clothing, check out our selection of layering shirts and fashion items at Heirloom.

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