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Saving money when shopping for clothes

When I go shopping, I ALWAYS make the promise to myself that I will not buy everything like I absolutely need it or I will die. And then when I get into the store, and after I’ve tried whatever I’ve tried on, I somehow end up always spending too much and then leave thinking, “What the hell happened?!”

I see a lot of things I like and my mindset when I buy them is, “Oh it’s ok, I have a job and I’ll just earn it all back”…I’ll let that sink in for you.

Maybe I just can’t help it! I’m a girl! I hope that I’m at least not the ONLY girl that does this though.

However, now that I’ve started working in retail, and through my many internship’s and the experience gained there, I’ve learned that there are easier ways to shop and not kick yourself in the ass after.

SAVING THE MONEYS!!!!

Tip #1
When I shop, I will make it a habit to always check the sales rack. I know that at Love Culture( or at least the one I work at), If something is damaged, like buttons are missing or the zipper is ripped, it most likely ends up in the limbo that is the sales and clearance section. Most of those damages are fixable, even the stains. Honestly, how hard is it to sew on some new buttons or re-sew the zipper back on? Maybe this is also just because I know how to do those things butttttttt…

Tip #2
Online shopping is something that I now love to do. There are some really good websites (granted they are overseas) that sell clothes for REALLY FUCKING CHEAP.

http://www.dresslink.com/ for example is great. I’ve gotten lots of clothes from there and it’s amazing because you’d think that for such low prices they’d all be ugly. But no! They have really great stuff!

Tip #3
This is kind of like Online shopping tip #2 but, sign up for some newsletters for some online websites, to get to know promotions and upcoming sales.

Tip #4
The promotions thing also works in stores. Find an employee of the store and ask when the next sale is coming up or what kind of promotions they have or are coming up.

Tip #5
As weird as some people still might think this is, Thrift shopping is a nice, inexpensive way of shopping. I like to repurpose clothes, which means if I find something that I like that’s defected or is a little bland, I like to take it home, WASH IT, and maybe fix it up and glue some pearls on it, fit it to my body size, or just change the structure of the garment completely. So if I saw a dress that was way too big but had nice fabric I could re-use, I could make it into a skirt, or take it in and maybe make it shorter or one sleeved or something along those lines.

Tip #6
Garage sales. Yeah this is kind of along the lines of thrift shopping but not really. Take a day to drive up to one of the fancier neighborhoods and take a look around for some garage sale signs. Or, check some websites like ebay or your newspaper for sales advertisements.

Tip #7
If your crafty enough, make your own clothes! Go to your local fabric store and buy some fabric and a pattern you like and sew! I realize that this is kind of unrealistic for those of you who don’t know how to sew or don’t have access to a machine, but it makes you feel accomplished to make your own clothes and have them look good! So I say invest in a machine (ask an employee where ever you go for a good starter machine) and ask if they hold sewing lessons. If you can drive a car in a straight line, you can sew.

Tip #8
I have really good friends that have really great clothes. Sometimes, if your friends are nice enough, they may do a closet switch with you. Bring it up to your friend kind of like “I like your clothes, is there anything that I could trade something of mine for?” Not only does this save you money, but it also increase your friendship bonds :)

I’ll continue to add more of these throughout time so check back for updates!

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