With the change of seasons comes shopping sprees of all types and sizes. On a young woman’s budget, shopping can be almost depressing when you can’t afford what you want. It’s important to know where and how to get the most bang for your buck. There are really three steps to this: assessing your closet, choosing the right stores, and looking for deals.
As the weather gets colder (even if not significantly so where you live), it’s nice to acquire a few new items for your wardrobe. Maybe you’ve just gotten a paycheck, or perhaps your parents gave you a small amount of money to go treat yourself to a shopping trip with friends because of all your hard work in school. Before you hit the stores, spend some time going through your closet. Assess the condition of the clothes you already have and make not of what could really be replaced. Remember those items you saw in last week’s catalog or on Pinterest? Write those down so you don’t forget what you wanted to buy when you’re faced with the glitz and glamour of the mall.
The first step to savvy shopping is choosing a small number of items to buy. A great wardrobe is more about quality than quantity. Choose long-lasting, well-made pieces so that you don’t have to replace your entire wardrobe every year. This leads to the next step in savvy shopping: choosing the right stores. Don’t go to a store just because all of your friends shop there unless the clothes really fit your style. Stick to the places where you know the clothing fits– even better if you know your sizes (because you can spend more time browsing versus trying on clothes)! I recommend J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Nordstrom. Less expensive stores, but still with great selection, include Old Navy, The Limited, Gap, and Abercrombie. Forever 21, Express, and Charlotte Russe are at the lower end of the spending spectrum. If you’re willing to put in a little bit more time searching the racks for the best quality, you can find some great, trendy pieces here. No matter where you choose to stop, take your time– you don’t have to buy something the second you see it. The last step to savvy spending is to look for deals and steals. Department stores such as Macy’s and JC Penney often have incredible sales and can be great places for picking up staple pieces. Sign up for emails from the stores you like to shop it so that you’ll be notified of any upcoming and current sales! Finally, make use of being a Smart Girl!! Many stores give 10-20% discounts if you present a student ID at checkout, including Apple, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Madewell, Kenneth Cole, Charlotte Russe, The Limited, Ralph Lauren Rugby, and so many more! Even if you aren’t sure whether stores offer a student discount, there’s no harm in asking Any money off means more money to spend elsewhere.
Happy shopping, girls!