How to Shop Like a Fashionista When You’re on a Budget

 

It’s a rough life being fashionable…okay, not really, it’s a ton of fun! What it is ROUGH on is my bank account (poor baby)and I’m sure you feel my pain. I know I’m not going to stop buying clothing anytime soon despite running out of shoe room. That’s a future me problem.  So I did some research on how to get the best deals while still kicking fashion butt (while in some adorable espadrilles of course)! Learn how to shop like a fashionista even when you’re on a budget.

 

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Take Advantage of Reward Cards and Credit Cards

 

One of my favorite ways to save money and shop like a fashionista is making sure that I have a rewards card to any and every store that offers them that I shop on the reg. Those points add up and you’re the first to know about discounts that the stores are having. I’m going to be shopping at Express, Nordstrom, American Eagle, and the like so why not be earning rewards for those purchases? Now, remember, I’m saying reward cards here and NOT credit cards. The only time I’ll ever suggest using a stores credit card is if you intend to pay off each purchase right away and if using the store’s credit card gives you any kind of benefit.

The only store credit card I have is for Nordstrom because I shop there a ton, but they also have the option of a debit card. As a Nordstrom credit card holder or debit card holder you earn 2 points for ever $1 spent there, Nordstrom.com and Nordstrom Rack. You can start using these points once they go beyond 2,000 which is equal to a $20 Nordstrom note. Most of the time when you sign up for the card you get a signing bonus as well like the day you receive the card you typically are given a $20 Nordstrom Note as long as you spend at least $100 that day.

The reason I actually signed up for the Nordstrom Credit Card wasn’t just for the rewards though. It’s one of the best ways to shop like a fashionista! Being a Nordstrom cardmember allows you to attend events and be applicable to get vacation packages that are not available to non-members. However, these tickets are not free so only suggest this to people who are going to be buying a lot of clothing anyways. At the tippy-top of the credit card tier system is access to VIP events like free spa services. Again, this is after you spend a LOT of money so it’s only worth it if you buy a lot of clothing or buy the majority of your clothing from Nordstrom. Triple point days are the days I live for. You can earn up to 3x the points that you would normally earn on in-store purchases. They aren’t held often so call your local Nordstrom to find out if they’re having one anytime soon.

Shop Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Ross, T.J.Maxx and other discount stores right at the end of a fashion season. It usually takes them one week to gather all the inventory from their main location and get it over to Nordstrom Rack, outlet stores, and local thrift shops. Make sure to hit up the stores that are in more affluent neighborhoods. I scored a gorgeous purple cashmere sweater for $6 at Nordstrom Rack last year and an adorable wrap dress for $15 after I used points. You can shop like a fashionista without breaking your budget. I promise.

This is just one example of how you can make a store credit card work for you. Every month I pay off whatever I’ve spent, but I do that with all my credit cards. I got myself out of credit card debt after college and I don’t plan on going back if I can help it! Before I got my Nordstrom Credit card I shopped around a lot to make sure I was being smart about it. Not because I was looking for other store credit cards, but because I wanted to see how they compared. Nordstrom rose above them all like a shining star with their rewards and VIP events!

Learning to shop like a fashionista isn’t just about clothing. It’s about makeup too! A great rewards card that I just want to chat about for a minute is the Sephora Beauty Insider card. Everyone starts as an insider and you move up from there. Once you spend $350 you’re moved up to VIB status and after $1000 you’ve hit Rouge status. As I said above with clothing if you buy a ton of makeup each year you may want to try and buy it all at one place…Sephora. Not hard to do with their amazing selections. Also, if you reach Rouge level you can score those coveted invites to their exclusive events. If you want to see all the benefits they lay it all out for you here.

Lastly, let’s talk coffee. I know it’s not fashion, but what fun is it to shop like a fashionista if you aren’t properly caffeinated? There are many other cute, little cafes that I’d much prefer to go to, but the convenience of Starbucks just can’t be beaten. I pass three of them (maybe 4?) just driving to work and hello drive-thru! One of the first things I do each January is make sure that I make enough purchases that I remain in gold card status with their reward card. I’m going to be spending the money there anyways so I want to make sure I’m earning those precious stars so I can cash in on my free lattes. I’m a pretty basic sugar-free vanilla latte girl with some dairy alternative “milk”.  You get 2 stars for every $1 spent, a birthday award, you can pay by phone, order ahead and get special member events and offers like discounted coffee grounds. Like what….!?

With gold status, you get monthly double-star day and rewards every 125 stars, but, let’s be real, y’all only do it for that glorious and shining personalized gold card.

These are just a highlight of my favorite ways to score while buying what you would already be buying with credit cards and reward cards. There are so many more out there ready to be taken advantage of!



Spend on Staples and Save on Trends

 

Spend money on staple pieces and be frugal with trends. I have zero problems laying down cold, hard cash for a leather jacket I know I’m going to wear a ton, but I’ll go to Target to shop for trendy items like this seasons tassel earrings that I got in my FabFitFun box. I won’t wear these pieces beyond one season so spending a lot on them is just a waste of money. So you want an amazing bamboo purse for this spring? Go get it! But don’t get that uber expensive one. This one right here from Amazon is amazing. I can vouch for it because I have it! It’s sturdy and looks ah-mazing.

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So what items should you splurge on and which ones should you save on?

T-shirts are a definite save.  You may get a ton of use out of them, but they also get torn and faded really easily because of that. I’d much rather save up for a nice dress and buy some t-shirts from H&M that get the job done like this one here. Gym clothes are another area you can save. The budget-friendly brands have FINALLY started to pay attention to customer complaints and made their leggings not see-through. SO rejoice because you don’t have to spend $90 at Lululemon anymore to get some quality workout leggings. I’ll still spend some cash on adorable fitness gear once in awhile, but I’m much more likely to get a pair of 90 degree leggings from Amazon. They have lasted just as long as my more expensive ones and I can have more colors to mix and match with. Can I hear a “woo-hoo”?

I hate to say it, but dressy clothes is another place where it’s better to save than splurge. Trust me, I love a gorgeous dress that makes me feel like a princess, but there’s no point in spending a paycheck on a dress you’re only going to wear once. If you want a trendy dress for New Year’s? Check out Zara, Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, consignment and thrift stores and the sale or clearance sections of department stores. Or you could just dress to the nines every day and make that $500 dollar floor-length silver dress worth it.

So we’ve gone over what items are good to save on, but what about the splurges? Anything you are going to regularly wear to work is good to splurge on. I have a staple pair of black heels that I wear to work regularly and I NEED them to be comfy if you want the most productivity out of me. I’m particularly fond of these black pumps by Sam Edelman because they’re stylish, comfortable and still at a great price point. I also love this Prada Pump in nude. Notice that both the colors I’m going with work well with a multitude of outfits. Splurge on shoes that are neutral and you will get so much use out of them!

Another work wear splurge is suiting. I have wider shoulders and most blazers that fit my shoulders are way too boxy around my midsection. You better bet your britches that I’m going to grab a well-fitting blazer. A suit from Theory has been on my wishlist forever! If you have to regularly wear suits for work pick a great basic color and change it up each day with different shoes, accessories, and blouse. No one pays as much attention to what you wear as you do.

While I believe saving on most athletic wear is a must the one concession I will make is on my gym shoes. Foot health is so much more important than you know so it’s important to take care of your tootsies. If you’re a runner I highly advise going to a running store and having them fit you with a pair. Then go online and purchase those shoes to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Is circuit training more your deal? Pick up some shoes that are made for cross-training. Weightlifting? Depending on your style you may want an awesome pair of chucks or some lifters that give your heels a boost like these Reebok Speed Sneakers!

Take a page from Audrey H. and rock the little, black dress. A black dress is timeless and you will get a lot of wear out of it so pick a good one. I have one for the casual events and one for more formal events and have never regretted purchasing them. Even 6 years later! When buying a staple dress make sure that it isn’t trendy because you want it to last for many years to come. You can make it fit whatever trend is in at the time with your accessories. So skip the statement sleeves and opt for short-sleeves or straps and a nice v-neck. This little number is super close to one of the ones I own and it’s been with me from engagement parties to charity events to work parties! Also, if you only want to wear a dress once borrow it from a friend!

Coats! Coats! Coats! These babies last forever if you treat them well. Also, if you live in a cold climate you want to put your money where your mouth is so that you can stay warm and toasty. Higher-quality materials make a huge difference in your warmth and you can avoid having to look like a snowball because nicer materials means not as much bulk! I live in Chicago so this is a must for moi! You’ll never see me snub my nose at a quality wool coat. I have a black one that I got on sale at Nordstrom Rack that was marked down from $1020 to $600 that I’ve had for almost 5 years. I have to get it cleaned regularly because of my Husky, but it is gorgeous and I get a little thrill everytime I wear it. Here’s a super similar one.

 

Make Your Clothes Work for You

Find a good tailor and let them work their magic. Shop the clearance section, consignment store or thrift shop without fear. Check out this post so you can see what a tailor can and can’t do and the next time you find a Prada skirt on clearance that’s a size too big you’ll know whether or not they can fix it up for ya. My tailor has saved me so much money because I know they can hem the 20% trousers I pick up to fit my short, lil’ legs.

Anyone who knows how to shop like a fashionista has their tailor on speed dial!

You Can Shop Like a Fashionista AND Clip Coupons!

Take a page out of your momma’s book. I remember when I was younger my mom would go through the Sunday advertisements each week to make sure that we were getting the best deals on groceries or whatever else we were buying.  With the convenience, technology has provided you have no excuse not to be getting the best price. Before you purchase make sure that you’re taking a note from my first point above and getting/using all your points. Then use a website like RetailMeNot to make sure you are taking advantage of all discount codes, promo codes, cash back offers and sales that are out there. Another great site is Honey. Before I buy anything I make sure that I’m getting the best price. Thanks, Mom!

I have a specific email that I use to sign up for store sale notices since I don’t want it filling up my regular email because it can really add up. I also use Shop it to me so that I know when my favorite brands are on sale. Having this set up for some people can be rough because it makes them want to spend more. Since I only shop off my list of what I need to buy for my wardrobe I’m pretty good about not impulse buying. If you are an impulse buyer then I would figure out a way to work with your impulses so that you don’t buy something you don’t need just because it’s on sale. Part of learning to shop like a fashionista on a budget is knowing when to say no.

 

 

Sell Your Stuff!

There’s no point in taking up your precious closet space with items you aren’t wearing anymore. Especially when you can sell them and get something you’ll actually wear. You can use The RealReal, Ebay, Poshmark or a consignment store depending on what you’re selling. Your unused clothing is basically just money sitting in your closet so get to selling!

 

Transition Your Clothing From Season to Season

You can use a ton of the items in your closet from season to season. Go shopping in your own closet! That black dress can be a springtime hit when you throw a pink suede jacket over it. That white summer dress? It can easily be transitioned into the fall with a rockin’ jean jacket. You can make a brand spankin’ new outfit out of what you already own by just changing up a few things.

 

Pay Attention to When You’re Buying

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Buy out of season. A black wool peacoat is always going to be in style, fashionistas. So why not scoop one up at a deep discount when spring comes and all the winter wear goes on sale. This is when I try and get any luxury staple pieces. Sure, it’s rough not being able to wear my stellar purchase right away and flaunt how much I saved, but it’s so exciting when you get to wear it come next Winter. It’s even better than finding a $20 in your pocket! I promise. A fashionista knows that in order to shop like a fashionista sometimes means delayed gratification.

Wait for holiday discounts or until after the holidays. President’s Day sale can be a great day to buy furniture, but January is the best time to buy clothing because they’re trying to get rid of all their after Christmas stock! To shop like a fashionista means knowing what the right time is to make big purchases.

You don’t have to wait until out of season either. You can buy in the same season but wait longer. Instead of buying spring clothing in February when it first debuts wait until it’s better priced around Memorial Day. Summer clothing? Price is high in May, but dips down around the beginning of July. If you want a stellar deal on a swimsuit though wait until September! If you want the deets on what to buy when checking out this awesome post by Who What Wear.

Another hot tip is to shop during the week because retailers mark up prices for the weekend rushes!

 

Shop Smarter

If you’re buying from an outlet store buy smart! Not everything there is overstock or sent over because it’s out of season. Some clothing is designed specifically for the outlet store so check the tag and avoid anything that says factory on it because it is made with cheaper material. If you want a piece that is labeled factory make sure you’re getting a great discount. Speaking of discount, some of these items are also marked down using their suggested retail price. Make sure to look online for what you’re buying and see what the price should actually be.

Another hot tip? You can still use a lot of coupons at outlet malls so make sure to read the fine print and use it if it lets you!

Also, ask for what you want. If the store doesn’t have the jeans in your size in a Tall then ask if they can order them for you and ship to them to your house for free. Most stores already offer this so you aren’t asking for anything they don’t offer.

Keep Track of What You Already Own

 

I love going out to shop in person, but I wish I could take my wardrobe with me sometimes just so I can see if what I’m looking at will go with anything else. I use the app YourCloset that I put photos of everything I own in. That way when I’m looking at a piece I can see how many items it’ll go with that I already have in my wardrobe or if I already own something close to it. It also helps me see gaps in my wardrobe and make a list of pieces I actually need versus what I just want.

Another great way to keep track of what you own is my organizing your closet in a way that works for you. Some possibilities are to organize it by color or by type. I do a mix of both. You can also put away winter coats and sweaters when you aren’t wearing them so you aren’t distracted. Find a way that works for you and stick with it!

 

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Treat Yo Self

 

You don’t have to just buy gift cards for others. Try looking for a discounted gift card to your favorite store and save on that tan raincoat straight out of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Shop like a fashionista by looking for deals anywhere and everywhere.

 

Do it Yourself!

After I stopped biting my nails I was spending a ton of money getting no-chip manicures every couple weeks. With this LED Nail Dryer , these LED nail polishes, and these bottom and top coats. I can get a long-lasting no-chip manicure right at home! Just make sure you have a nail basin and a good soak off so that you can take off the no-chip without hurting your nails.

 

Things to Keep in Mind

 

How much money you spend on an item may not be how much you actually end up spending. Make sure to check out the label before you buy because a dry-clean only sweater can quickly rack up charges. Also, when washing make sure you’re following the label’s directions if it needs to be washed cold or hand washed.  Washing your clothing inside out will make it last longer too!

 



 

I hope you liked my hot tips on ways to shop like a fashionista on a budget. I know they’ve saved me a ton of moolah. Please share with your friends and family and definitely let me know below all the ways that you save so I’m not missing out on anything!

If you liked this one check out some of my other fashion posts here and here.

Now get out there and confidently shop like a fashionista without blowing your budget!

Positive vibes.

 

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98 Comments

  1. April 10, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Loved your tips Jen. One of the things I have to do is download that YourCloset app. I can’t tell youhow many times I’ve bought something only to come home and find out it doesn’t really go with anything in my closet. Such a waste

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 10, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      It was really time-consuming, but I made my BF help and it’s paid me back in spades.

  2. April 10, 2018 / 8:13 am

    All very valid points. I am a fashion designer, so i understand what good quality is, and how to find it on a budget. Love Marshalls, TJMax, Ross, especially for my workout clothes and underwear. For special, unique things like accessories, I go online to The Outnet and The Real Real. Sometimes I also shop vintage.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 10, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      Hi Daria,

      Thanks for bringing up the Outnet. I’ve been meaning to try that and couldn’t remember the name of it for the life of me. I love that you’re a fashion designer. That’s such an amazing career!

  3. April 10, 2018 / 8:23 am

    I gave up the idea of fashionista shopping a long time ago – my closet is as minimalistic as they get;) But seeing you making all those smart choices made me realize I need a couple of things:D

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 10, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Hi Karolina,

      I have definitely tried going the capsule wardrobe way and it’s just not for me. It worked so well for others I gave it a try, but I just love the art of mixing and matching outfits too much. I’m jealous though because it’s so nice to have a minimalistic closet!

  4. Elizabeth O
    April 10, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    What a lovely post, you provided some really good tips to budget shopping like a fashionista. I really adore the lilac outfit in your pictures, it’s perfect for spring.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 10, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Thanks so much. It won on Insta for what I should wear for Easter. The sleeves are awesome.

  5. April 10, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    You’ve inspired me, as soon as you said about having clothes filling up the wardrobe and not wearing them.. I was like yup. That’s me. Mine is full and about 70% I don’t reach for for various reasons, may be time to have a little sell!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 10, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I hope it works for you! I made quite a bit of money selling off some vintage coats that don’t fit me and my prom dresses. Picking your timing is really important too.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 11, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      I totally agree! The pieces I’ve waited on and saved up for mean so much more to me too. I hope the tips help, Tanvi!

  6. April 10, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    You have some great tips here that an array of people can execute! I would stay away from the credit cards but everything else I’d try!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 11, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      Hi Ashley,

      Thanks so much! Credit cards can be iffy if you don’t keep track of everything. I may sure that I’m immediately paying off whatever I put on the credit card when I get home, but I know others aren’t or don’t want to be that diligent. I have a lot of student loans and medical bills so I’m a big supporter of not buying something when you don’t have the money 🙂

  7. April 11, 2018 / 2:35 am

    Great tips! Personally, reducing my clothes shopping has really helped me but I do feel the need to invest a little bit more into my wardrobe.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 11, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Hi Melissa,

      I took 3 months off last year after the holidays and promised I would not buy any clothes. It really helped me shop my own closet and see what I needed. Plus, I was able to save a nice chunk of change to put into savings! Win win!

  8. April 11, 2018 / 2:57 am

    Totally love this post, it is filled with great tips, advice, and lovely photos! You look beautiful, thanks for sharing:)

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 11, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Aw, thanks, Carissa. You gotta pay it forward!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 11, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Hi Karla,

      Perfect timing then. I hope these help. Can’t wait to see what you pick out.

  9. April 11, 2018 / 5:57 am

    I love shopping, but generally have to stay on budget. These are really good tips. I try to go shopping when there are sales or to stores like Marshalls and Ross.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 11, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      Hi Samanatha,

      Yes! I feel like Marshalls and Ross are discounted by so many people, but they have some really cute stuff and it’s so affordable. Especially if you get a coupon!

  10. Agnes Vazhure
    April 11, 2018 / 6:33 am

    These are some excellent tips. Shopping on a budget is really fulfilling. LOL!! especially for all the fashionista out there.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 11, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Hi Agnes,

      OMG, getting a great wardrobe on a budget is like a challenge and I love it. It’s super easy to go out and buy whatever you want, but having to stick to a certain budget adds an extra kind of fun to it, haha. At least that’s how I look at it!

  11. April 11, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    You have a really beautiful style and fashion sense. All the points and tips you have mentioned sound so realistic and helpful. I do believe in the reward cards of the stores where I shop regularly. Sephora insider program is also a good one which I love.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 11, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      Hi Preet,

      Thanks so much, girly! You definitely gave me a smile. I hope some of the ideas help you out!

  12. Kristy Bullard
    April 11, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Loving your outfits and all of your suggestions! I have two kiddos and live on a budget so I need to find deals when shopping for clothes.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 3:20 am

      Hi Kristy,

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. I feel like having kids adds a whole new layer to shopping for clothing because they grow so dang fast. Kudos to you for making it work. I hope to hear from you soon!

  13. April 11, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    That’s the way to do it. The year my youngest (of four) was in 4th grade I hit all the after school clearances in September, then after Christmas and again in February. When I went through my the clothes to see what each kid still needed my fourth grader needed only socks and underwear. I was so pleased and were not talking dime store it was JcPenny, Sears, Footlocker etc I didn’t pay more than $6. a pair for jeans, $3 for tees – I was thrilled with my savings.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 3:19 am

      So many more tips when you start thinking about buying kids clothing. If I had a kid it would probably be all thrift store finds until they stop growing like a weed. Or I’d have to teach myself how to sew. Egads. You did a great job!

  14. April 12, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Credit cards are usually my downfall. So that will be a no go for me. I do like the idea of the Yourcloset app. I think I may just have to add it. I think that would be so helpful. Thank you for that.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 3:18 am

      Hi Amanda,

      You’re very welcome. It’s really good you know that about yourself. 🙂 I’m glad I helped. I love that app!

  15. April 13, 2018 / 2:43 am

    These tips are really amazing. i’ve been wasting lots of bucks on stuffs I wouldn’t even wear. Love these <3

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 3:18 am

      Hi Karen,

      I feel ya. I bought a faux fur vest that I never wear because I don’t really have anything that goes with it. So I had to go buy a dress that it actually looked good with, haha.

  16. April 13, 2018 / 3:05 am

    These are great tips! I actually have tons of department store charge cards, but I always pay off the balance monthly like you mentioned so it is never a burden. Helps me get tons of coupons and rewards, too!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 3:17 am

      Yes, exactly. As long as you have the diligence to pay it off regularly you can reap the rewards. Thanks for reading, Lisa! I hope to chat again soon.

  17. April 13, 2018 / 7:06 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your message on spending money on staples and not on trends. This goes along great with having a capsule wardrobe, much more sustainable and better for the environment.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      Hi Noelle,

      Thanks so much for your rave review! I totally agree. I haven’t been able to make a capsule wardrobe work for me, but I think it’s a great solution for many people and I love seeing it in action.

  18. April 13, 2018 / 9:28 am

    This is really good advice. Shopping at Nordstrom Rack is super fun. I found the MOST adorable shoes for Little Miss there last year.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Hi Shannon,

      Yes, I have a blast there each and every time.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 10:59 pm

      I feel ya, Taylor. It definitely takes me a lot of self-control sometimes.

  19. April 13, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    So many amazing tips! Thank you, I am on a budget too, so many times I have lemmings, but end up not buying nothing. I’ll start using some of your tips!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 13, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      Yeah, my list really makes me picky about what I buy. Best of luck, Nati!

  20. April 15, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Great tips! I tend to be pretty frugal when buying clothes so these help a lot!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 15, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Yay, I’m so happy!

  21. April 15, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    All the outfits that you’ve put together here are so great! You’d never notice that they were purchased with a budget in mind.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks so much, Emily! That’s the idea, haha.

  22. April 15, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful tips they were very helpful.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Thanks for reading, Daniel!

  23. April 15, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Nice pictures. I take advantage of reward cards a lot when shopping first clothes. I don’t aim to be a fashionista though. Good points.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Haha, maybe a fashionisto 😛 Thanks so much!

  24. April 16, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    I find the best deals by shopping off-season. I’ve saved up to 90% by doing this. These are great tips.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Hi Angel,

      I love it! I have gotten some fab coats just by shopping end of winter sales. So what if I can’t wear them until next year? It takes a little self-control, but it’s so worth it. I’d much rather lay down big money on a vacation.

  25. April 16, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    Great tips. I am all about the coupons and you have me looking up these amazon leggings right now.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:48 pm

      Hi Yaya,

      You’ll love them. I was so excited when they passed the squat test. They barely moved and no one could see through them!

  26. April 16, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    You look so stylish – I’d never believe you were a bargain-hunter!! 😉 and I totally have the same amazon knock off Cult Gaia bag and LOVE it! It’s nearly identical!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Hi Jenna,

      I will take that as the best compliment ever! I refuse to pay full-price for anything. It’s actually kind of fun because it makes it sort of a competition, haha. Yes! The bag is awesome. I mean no one would even know and why spend a ton on a bag we probably won’t be using again after summer?

  27. April 17, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Great article with really useful information…I especially like the bit about treating yourself hahah 🙂

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Hi Amy,

      Sometimes you just gotta make yourself feel special 🙂

  28. April 17, 2018 / 3:08 am

    Such great useful tips!! I love to sell or cosign old clothes to trade for my children’s new clothing!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Hi Britney,

      If I ever have kids I will have to learn a whole new way of shopping. They grow out of them so darn fast! I can’t even imagine keeping up with that.

  29. April 17, 2018 / 7:11 am

    You are so gorgeous! I’m not very *into* fashion and the prices don’t help, so this guide was very helpful to me, thanks babe!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Aw, Shruti, you’re too sweet. I’m glad it helped. I realize not everyone is into fashion and that’s perfectly fine. For me it’s kind of like an art form. A creative way to express myself.Just like this blog 🙂 As long as you’re letting your creativity out somewhere then you’re good.

  30. April 17, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I’m a sucker for end-of-season sales, haha! I like shopping at outlet stores, too – especially when I’m shopping for sneakers. 🙂

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      A giant yet to shopping for sneakers at outlet stores! Quality running shoes run into almost $200 and when I’m running regularly I can only keep them for like 6 months. That’s nuts to me. So I definitely check out the outlet shops or current deals because no way I’m paying full price on those suckers.

  31. April 17, 2018 / 10:52 am

    I love your fashion sense! You look great in all your clothes and make up. These tips are wonderful to stretch the dollar and create rewards that go the extra mile. You can look like a million bucks at a fraction of the cost 👍🏼

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      You are too sweet, Evelyn! I totally agree. Finding my favorite stores and collecting points there has been so helpful than shopping all over the place. Plus, the internet allows you to track different pieces now and let’s you know when the price has gone up or down. I love it!

  32. April 17, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Great tips. I am always looking for different ways to save money on clothes. Cleaning out the closet and donating is a must do. I also think we have way too many duplicates clothes we can cut down on and save some serious cash if we kept track of what we own.

    Thanks for sharing

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      Hi Kathleen,

      Keeping track was an absolute game changer for me. I stopped buying multiple t-shirts with slightly varied cuts or colors. The same thing goes for shoes. There’s only so many pairs of sandals I need. Thanks for reading!

  33. Daisy
    April 17, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    I absolutely love all of these super cute and adorable outfits! That purple dress is my absolute favorite— SO cute!!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Hi Daisy,

      Thanks so much! It’s a fave of mine as well. It’s a total mix of 70’s with a modern twist. I love the color too. Thanks so much for checking me out. I look forward to hearing from ya again!

  34. April 17, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    I love shopping and I have too many clothes and my wardrobe will explore anytime from now. Glad you have share you tips on how to manage those old clothing. I guess it is best way to re-cycle and pass down to the people who need them. By the way, I love your romper, so cute on you!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      You and me both, girl! I’m rapidly running out of shoe space and I take up like 1.5 closets at the moment. At least all of it is stuff I wear regularly. I helped my boyfriend give a bunch of his clothing to charity that he never wore or was a size too big. I usually clean out my closet once a year and give anything away that I know I won’t be using next season. If it’s a nicer piece I’ll try and sell it. Consignment stores have been really helpful for me. I get a little too sentimental sometimes though!

  35. April 17, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Those are great tips, me, I do love shopping but I am not a type of person buying something that is beyond to my needs and to my budget also. My mom said do not buy something that you don’t need and think first before you buy something.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      That’s a great way to look at it, Geraldine. I usually have places put stuff on hold while I walk around the mall and if I still want it I’ll go back. Same with shopping online. I’ll put stuff in my cart and wait a bit to see if I still want it unless it’s something that will sell out soon. Time and distance can do wonders for your bank account!

  36. April 17, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    I love using poshmark to get some cute shoes and handbags at a steal. I have sold a few of my things there as well.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Yes! They’ve been surprisingly awesome, Rachel! I’m so glad you found stuff that worked for you. How was the selling process?

  37. April 17, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Thanks for all the tips on how to look fabulous at reduced prices. It’s obvious you’ve gone to a great deal of trouble assembling these hints.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Hi Pat,

      Thanks so much! I’ve spent a lot of time trying different things so I thought why not share the wealth!

  38. April 17, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Your post has made me realise that I have to go for shopping 🙂 I love shopping, its more fun when you shop with a dear friend 🙂

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      It definitely is more fun to go shopping with friends! I typically do my hardcore shopping alone or with one other friend just so I don’t feel rushed.

  39. April 17, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    These are great tips. Thank you so much for this information. That is so helpful.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      Hi Holly,

      Thanks for checking out Buddha Belly! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  40. April 17, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Some good tips here to stay trendy but without breaking the bank. I think reward cards and discounts can be great. I’m personally not so much a fashion follower but know lots of people that are!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      Everyone marches to the beat of their own drummer. For me, fashion is just a way of expressing my creativity, but there’s plenty of ways to do that 🙂 Keep on being awesome!

  41. April 17, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    Gosh! I love your tips Jen, I’m really terrible when it comes to shopping I can spend a lot but if I control myself I don’t buy anything at all. These are precious tips to follow. Indeed reward cards are always useful I can’t wait to apply all this!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Hi Alexine,

      Thanks so much, girl! Best of luck with finding the clothing that calls to you and staying on a budget! I hope my tips are helpful 🙂

  42. April 18, 2018 / 12:40 am

    You’re so right about spending on staples and saving on trends! I keep wanting to buy trendy clothes that I know I’ll only wear once to a music festival, so I keep online window shopping for them until my logic kicks in and reminds me I don’t need them. I’m thinking about DIY-ing some of the outfits!

    Shirin | http://www.queenshirin.com

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      Hi Shirin,

      Honestly, festival wear is the best time to DIY or use some of the old clothing you have to make new. Cut down a pair of old jeans into shorts and add some fringe or throw on a pair of overalls, boots and a DIY crop-top. Music and festival life is all about letting your fashion creativity speak. I love it so much.

  43. April 18, 2018 / 3:54 am

    We love these ideas! We are always bargain hunting for luxury items on sale.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Yes! I’m all about living the luxury life on a budget from clothing to vacays.

  44. April 18, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    Really good tips! I live in Milan and the shopping temptation is always there! It’s very hard not to buy new clothes all the time! But being on a budget is a boost of creativity too! Because it lets you be more creative with what you already own! Loved your post, keep it up! X

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 6:34 pm

      Hi Maite,

      I don’t know if I’d be able to stop myself if I lived in Milan. Talk about a shopper’s paradise! I agree that sticking to a budget helps exercise that creativity muscle.

      Keep in touch!

  45. April 19, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    These are great tips and there are some great ensembles. My personal favorite is the last ensemble. I think that lilac dress was made specifically for you. A lot of broken necks with that one. And a great score shopping wise. I think if you know your own personal style, you can definitely put it together without going into debt. Me personally, as a man, I love shopping in NYC and you definitely need budget related talents shopping there.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 20, 2018 / 4:21 pm

      Oh, Lawrence, you just made my day! You are so sweet.

      From my time in NYC I can definitely imagine you would need to be careful. I just wanted to throw money at everything. I did have fun bartering with the shop vendors though!

  46. April 26, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    I totally agree – splurge on staples and not on trends! Great tips!!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 1:51 am

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks so much! That’s how I have an amazing leather jacket and can still keep up with what’s trendy 🙂

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