When one is in need of some therapy, retail therapy is best right? But now what happens when you're broke? No retail therapy? Pffft, no. You become a smart shopper. The one ability that any good fashionista should possess is the ability to ball on a budget.
You see, not all of us are blessed with unlimited access to mom and dad's credit card.. Hell, some of us don't own even one ourselves. So, we took it upon ourselves to teach you the tricks of the trade on being a discount diva.
Being a smart shopper is as easy as a Sunday morning. Besides, shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist! These tips aren't only on shopping, but just general tips on style and how to look your best on a budget.
- Going to the shop is not necessary.
Honey, its 2014, you don't need to go anywhere to do some shopping. A few questions you should ask yourself when you want a specific item are can I get it for free? Or is anyone selling something like it?. No I did not make a mistake when I said 'can I get it for free?’. You see, you need new clothes and I'm sure your mates do too, so arrange a clothes swap. It's a great way to have a girls' night, talk fashion and get free stuff. No paying needed, just swapping. Another option to consider is eBay, Gumtree or OLX. There are hundreds of people always looking to get rid of unwanted items. You know what they say, one man's trash, is another man's treasure.
You know those sales that shops have but then the clothes are not in season? Use them. A lot of the times you get to a shop and there's a sale for, let’s say, summer clothes and you've just started on winter. Buy them. The best things to buy off season are essentials. They're never going to go out of style (if that's what you worry about) and you will have bought them for like 70% cheaper.
- Go solo
When you do need to get out of your house for shopping, go alone. We know, it's a lot of fun shopping with your girls but sometimes it's not the best option. The thing with shopping on your own is that there's no pressure, no lies ('yes babe, it totally works with your body') and no-one whines about how hungry and tired they are. Shopping on your own means that your head's in the right place, you can go in-between stores and compare prices. You don't have the pressure of taking something when you're not really feeling it or if it's too pricey.
- Use those coupons
This tip is probably the best one. Our parents had some insane clothes way back in their day, but unfortunately they're no longer in... So what do you do? DIY, that’s what. Take those items and have them altered to your taste and voila! You've got something new in your closet. Add a stud here, a button there and you're good to go. Actually, here's one you can try with your dad/mom's old jeans.
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