How to Shop on a Budget and Look Like a Million Bucks

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How to Shop on a Budget and Look Like a Million Bucks

Are you a fashionista on a budget?  

Girrrl, I get it. You want to look like a million bucks but let's be honest the Benjamin’s aren't rollin' in like they do in your dreams. 

So, what's a girl gotta do to look like a million bucks but still shop within her budget? 

I know what it's like to have a passion for fashion, but my eyes are constantly oogling over clothes that are waaaay out of my price range. Therefore, I needed to learn fast how I could shop on a budget but still look and feel like a millionista! 

Lucky for you, I'm going to share my insider secrets!   

Shop During Opposite Seasons 

To start, let's talk about shopping for clothing during opposite seasons. What, the what? Hear me out, because this is so good! When the end of the season is near, the stores in your area tend to have the clothing marked down to insanely low prices. 

When this happens, it is your time to make out like a bandit and stock up on clothing for NEXT YEAR! Listen, I'm a Wisconsin girl, and we celebrate four lovely seasons; which means, I need a shit ton of clothing to account for it. Or at least that's my excuse for being a shopaholic.  

In all seriousness though, it makes perfect sense to shop during the opposite season to save big. Therefore, when summer is coming to an end, and they're putting out all the warm Fall layered clothing, scope out the sale racks and stock up!  

You may be surprised at the staple pieces you could add to your wardrobe for less than a few bucks. Score! It's a total win-win in my book.   

Stack the Savings 

Alright, so now that you know how to shop during the opposite season when out of season clothing is on sale, let's talk about sales! 

Every store has them. Legit, every freaking store! Subscribe to their emails so that you can be a VIP and be the first to know when an upcoming sale is going to occur as well as get exclusive and special offers.  

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Shop locally or online when a sale is going down. You can save big by leveraging the sale, adding on coupons, or even leveraging the store's credit card.  

I should probably mention that I'm not a Financial guru so practice caution anytime you use a credit card, but let's be honest you sure do get some additional perks when you pay with your card at certain stores during their promotional period.  

In reality, it's just their way of getting you to buy more. Guess what, it usually works! Stack as many discounts, coupons, and BOGOS as you can! Leverage girrrrrl  

Shop at Discount or Resale Stores 

Now before your eyes bug out of your head, I'm serious that shopping at discount or resale stores can be a gold mine for you!  

Do you know how many times I have stopped by a resale store and found name brand, expensive, clothing with tags still on it? A LOT!  

From what I have seen is that people with more money than they know what to do with, don't care if a shirt has been worn once or not at all. They toss it aside and are on to the next bigger and better thing that's in style.  

Take advantage of their generosity by donating their brand new or hardly used clothing. No shame in that game! 

Focus on spending 15 minutes or so looking around a discount store like TJ Maxx or Ross, or by perusing the racks at a resale store like St. Vincent de Paul or even GoodWill. If you don't find anything, no worries! All you spent was 15 minutes looking around, and if you do, then it's a huge win!   

Give it a whirl, girl!  

Rent Clothing  

Ok, have you heard of Gwynnie BeeLe Tote or Rent the Runway? If not, check them out!  

These are just a couple of online retailers that allow you to RENT name brand clothing for extremely reasonable prices. How fricken cool is that? Rather than shell out thousands of dollars on clothing that you may only wear a few times, you can rent clothing and send it back when you're sick and tired of it.   

Duh! Kinda a no-brainer way to save some extra money! 

Think of where you could use the extra money by renting designer clothing for a fraction of the cost. Accessories, lash extensions, ahem, *cough *cough, or maybe a new hairstyle.   

Renting your new wardrobe is a completely viable option for shopping on a budget, staying on trend, and looking like a millionista for a fraction of the cost. Holla!   

Clothing Swap  

Do you have friends with adorable clothing that you wish you could get your hands on without having to beg, plead, and give your right arm to borrow?   

Yeah? Good!   

This last option I have for you is about holding a clothing swap with your girlfriends. Sounds fun, doesn't it? All you need to do is have your girlfriends bring all the clothing that they no longer want, that they outgrew or that were never really part of their style, to begin with, but impulse bought and now regret it.   

Ha ha! Trust me, we've all been there!  

Once you have your girlfriends together, pop open a bottle of wine and have your own fashion show. Swap clothing with each other, try it on, and strut your stuff!  

The beauty of it is you're circulating the clothes within your inner circle and getting rid of anything you no longer want by repurposing the clothing with your friends.  I mean, how can a girl say no to fashion, wine, and girl time? Hell, I'm in! Who wants to do a clothing swap?  

Of course, anything that doesn't get exchanged between the girls could be used as a donation to a local charity, like a women's shelter, for a tax write-off which can boost your tax return at the end of the year so that you'll have more money to shop down the road. It's another win-win situation for you.   

Alright fashionista, those are my tried and true shop on a budget but still look and feel like a million bucks shopping tips. Shopping on a budget doesn't have to be stressful. It can be done with the help of a little bit of planning and some mindfulness. 

Share in the comments below: What was your favorite millionista budget-friendly shopping tip? 

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