How to Shop on a Budget

Find out why early spring is the best time to shop on a budget and read our tips for getting the most for your money without sacrificing style and fit.

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The sun is out and it’s time to evaluate our warm weather wears to be sure we have what we need to look and feel good this coming season. Good news gals, this is the absolute best time to shop on a budget, and here’s why…

Stores are packed full of merchandise and they're anxious to clear their shelves to make room for new deliveries. Transitional clothing is quickly marked down and put on sale and spring and summer fabrics are lightweight and naturally more affordable. We have no immediate need for heavy and expensive coating, sweaters and boots, so our money will buy more. Even better, the fit on warm weather clothes are typically loser and more forgiving, so shopping discount retailers is realistic without having to sacrifice the look your going for.

We wanted to share a few tips and tricks to make the most of your spring and summer shopping budget:

Shop your closet first. Be sure that you know what you have and what you need before you go to the store. No one likes to deal with returns and there's always the chance you'll end up keeping things just to avoid the hassle. Boy, have we been there!

Make a list. After pouring through magazines and browsing the endless options online, you should be familiar with new trends and know what is worth purchasing. Be sure to check your calendar for upcoming trips to plan for!

Before you start, consider recycled fashion. Check your local thrift store or one of the many amazing resale sites online. You would be amazed what some people are selling with the tags still on. Plus, a true vintage can be a one-of-a kind find.

When you do shop, hit the large retailers first. They will be running the biggest sales and giving the best deals. Becoming a member of a site or registering your email address will often earn you a coupon and regular notifications about upcoming offers.

When you shop boutiques and smaller stores, lean on your technology. You can use your phone and mobile apps to check that you are getting the best deal possible. It’s easy to do price comparison or check if an item is available online in a size or color the store might be out of.

When it comes to actually purchasing, consider a 70/30 ratio. Mixing seventy percent classic pieces and thirty percent trend-driven and directional clothing is the way to go. It’s best to shop discount retailers for the trendy stuff and invest more into the classic wardrobe staples you will wear year after year.

Keep cost per wear in mind. Obviously a great fitting pair of jeans or a super flattering linen blazer would be worth more because you will wear them endlessly. When it comes to simple summer dresses and fun sandals, you can easily get away with spending less and saving a bit of money.

p.s. How to add sheers into your wardrobe mix this season.