My Husband, The Bargain Shopper.
January 27, 2012 by Cristi
I have a little secret… I am not the only one who loves to bargain shop in my home. My husband has a “bargain shopping addiction.”
If he comes across a great deal on something (anything) he doesn’t hesitate to purchase… even when it comes to women’s fashion! (good for me- he’s got good taste!) I would say that over 65% of my wardrobe are things my husband picked up for me… on sale of course. So, I wasn’t the least bit surprised when I received a gigantic box in the mail of shoes and clothing all from a closeout sale he came across online! (Yes, this does happen on a regular basis) Did I mention that I love him? There were 25 items (including 8 pairs of shoes) that were already on clearance but had an additional Buy-One-Get-One free on it! Killer deal!
Guess what each item averaged to be? $5.69! Did I mention that I love him?
So, I decided to challenge myself and try to come up with two different looks using ONLY the clothes and accessories that came out of this bargain box- and here is what I came up with.
Look one: $33.31
I love these shoes and tights…and the best part they were FREE.99!!
This 7 dollar hat is perfect for covering up a “bad hair day” but still leaving you with a classy look!
Now, for the second look.
I ditched the hat and shoes and accessories and added a jacket, black boots, and different accessories. Taahdah…
Look two: only $31.62
Didn’t he do good?
Furthermore, I decided to consult a shopping expert (AKA my husband) to find out what the best ways are to save when shopping for clothing. Together, we came up with this list of ideas on how to be a Fashionista without breaking the bank:
-Shop at your local thrift or consignment shop (if you can get over them previously being worn…there are amazing things!)
-Try discounted stores such as TjMaxx, Ross, Marshalls, or Burlington Coat Factory (Be prepared to dig a little…but it is so worth it!)
-Go to the Clearance rack first of any store (including the stores mentioned above)
-Have a “Dust Collector Party” with friends where you trade clothes you don’t want anymore (I have never hosted one of these parties myself…but will do it and report back)
-Vintage is the rage- so, go through your grandmother’s closet (with permission of course)
-Buy things at the end of the season sale for the next season (especially your classic basics that won’t be out of style)
-Shop at the outlet stores (especially during their sale season before and after holidays)
-Sew your own clothing and accessories (I need help in this area)
-Reuse parts of old clothing to create something new (bring crafting into your wardrobe)
-Add an inexpensive accessory to change the look (my favorite and easiest thing to do)
-Shop at a local vintage shop or flea market (there are some real treasures waiting for you)
-Subscribe to emails of your favorite stores to be aware of the mega sales (maybe have a designated email account for this one)
Okay- did I miss anything?
I’d love to know what you do to save money on your wardrobe!?! Please share with me so I can try it!
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