Look great without busting the bank! Here’s how:
Use coupons. Many stores offer coupon discounts on a fairly consistent basis. Before heading to the mall check sites like CouponCabin.Com. You can enter the stores you plan to shop in a search box and find out if there are any current coupons or offers available.
Loyalty reward programs. Many stores will now keep track of how much you shop with them through free loyalty programs. These programs often give shoppers an inside peek at sales, new merchandise and offer members discounts. Saving is an easy as signing up!
Socially engage. Become a Facebook fan, follow on twitter and sign up for Email updates of your favorite retailers. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars by keeping in ‘the know’ of exclusive sales and taking advantage of special offers for being a fan or subscriber.
Smart phone apps. If you own a smart phone use an app like ShopSavvy. ShopSavvy allows you to scan a barcode of an item to find reviews for the item as well as the best price. ShopSavvy will even tell you whether the best price for an item is at your local store or if you’re better off ordering it on line! Also, many retailers have free apps and will text you and send you special coupon savings right to your phone – no coupon clipping required.
Ebay, thrift stores and consignment shops. Often the look you want for less has already been tried by someone else and passed on. I love shopping Ebay and Thrift stores. On a recent trip to a thrift store I snagged a Marc Jacobs jacket for $15, (originally around $300) a pair of Seven jeans for $8 (originally $80) and a Calvin Klein sweater for $6 (originally $65). This designer outfit which would’ve cost me a few hundred dollars new cost me under $30!
Clothing swap party. Every few weeks my friends and I get together at someone’s house for a clothing swap party. We bring stuff we’ve bought but haven’t been wearing and lay the items out and swap! The coat I bought that was a little too small is perfect for someone else. The purse a friend is sick of is new for me! We swap everything from clothing to purses and accessories. Whatever is left over is donated to charity.
If you love high-end looks but can’t afford the expensive price tags make sure to check out stores like H&M, NY&Co., and even retailers like JCPenny and Kohl’s. Those stores are a few of my favorites for the ‘look for less.’ Their designers take inspiration from the top designers and try to deliver it in an affordable and wearable way to the masses.
What are some of your own tips?
Do you have a favorite, affordable retailer that provides you with the “look for less?