Tips for Thrifty Shopping

I’ve always loved “nice” things, name brands, labels, and designer styles.  My budget on the other hand hasn’t always been boujee to match. This is why I love seasonal sales and clearance racks

I remember the exact moment I vowed not to pay full price ever again (if possible). I was 17, working at Hollister, and desperately trying to keep up with the “wear only Hollister clothing” rule to which on the clock employees were required to adhere. Not super easy when your making like $6/hour, but I did it mostly by during all of each paycheck into new clothes. Don’t get me wrong… I actually loved working there, and loved the clothing too! It just felt pricy compared to my teeny paycheck.

Anyway, It was a hip-length, plunging V-neck sweater… I was in LOVE. It had been paired with a chunky leather belt on one of the mannequins. For what seemed like forever, I mulled over the price, I think it was $60. Then one day I took the plunge and made the purchase. It was beautiful, all my teenage fashion dreams summed up in one stunning sweater (I know, dramatic). Then the next week, I kid you not, the darn thing went on clearance for $16!!! SIXTEEN FREAKIN DOLLARS! That did it y’all, never again would I pay full price knowing full well I may end up finding the same thing on a clearance rack at some point down the road.

I’m almost 30 and this is a vow i’ve more or less stuck to since then. I love sales, and will always search for a coupon to maximize savings. Here are my tried and true rules for thrifty shopping, which apply to clothing, makeup, and housewares.

  1. Outlet Stores – Perfect for finding deals year round. An outlet mall is great for hitting all the stores in a single trip. However, my favorite outlet style/clearance stores are: Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, and Bloomingdales Outlet. Often, I find these stores will have additional discounts on top of the already reduced prices! Also try Marshalls and TJ Maxx.

    Kate Spade “Dip Dye” dress for less than $100 at an outlet. Shoes are Stuart Weitzman “Corkswoon Wedge” from Nordstrom Rack.
  2. Online – Always check online before making a pricy purchase. Sometimes you can find the same thing online for less. I’ve also found some stores will have a discounted price online, but not in store… if you ask, a lot of times the store will price match their online price.
  3. Compare with Amazon – Same concept as above. Some stores will price match the price on Amazon (or even other stores), so long as the item is “shipped and sold by” Amazon. I’ve gotten some good discounts from places like BestBuy and DSW.
  4. Use a Coupon – Retail Me Not is a great resource for coupons/promo codes, and they even have an app. I also don’t shop at BuyBuyBaby or BedBathandBeyond unless I have one of their 20% off coupons. Even better, both stores will accept each others coupons, but unfortunately they will not accept an expired coupon.
  5. Groupon – A great resource for finding local deals and scoring discounted travel. Some of my favorite things to utilize Groupon for is; Restaurants, photography, and spa services.
  6. Utilize retailer discounts – A lot of online retailers are offering free shipping with a minimum purchase, but i’ve also found that you can receive an additional percentage off by signing up for the retailer’s “newsletter”. This is usually offered as a pop-up when you first get to the website. You can always unsubscribe from their emails after your purchase, which is what I normally do:)
  7. Second Hand – I was always anti-second hand until this past year when I realized… dun, dun, dun… there is absolutely no shame in the game. Buying used clothes makes you thrifty, not cheap! Some great branded pieces can be found at Goodwill. If online is more your thang, then check out reselling sites like Poshmark, where new bargains are posted daily. I bought a haul of toddler clothes in great condition, but so cheap that I won’t be upset if they get stained and dirty through the summer. My own Poshmark closet is @meganoh7
  8. When in doubt, go without – I have a few dresses in my closet with tags still attached, just because the price was SO good I couldn’t pass it up. When you come across a steal of a deal, remember to ask yourself if you’ll really get any use out of that dress/coat/top/etc. If you’re not sure, consider passing it by.  Just because something is 95% off doesn’t mean you’ll actually ever wear it. Take my word for it!


Whew, that’s plenty. Do you have any thrifty shopping tips? I’d love to hear you’re tried and true methods for finding a good deal.



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