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You know that feeling you get when you find an amazing deal at The Orchid Boutique, and when it arrives you hold that sexy swimsuit up to the sky like Rafiki holding Simba in The Lion King? Pride, people. Most do not expect to find these two words in cahoots with one another—fashion and budget. But you’d be surprised how many fashionistas are out there looking to cash in on bargain buys. It’s easier than you think! Let’s talk tips on how to shop on a budget.

Designer Retailers

Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, Off 5th Ave, Last Call, and Barney’s Warehouse Sale (online). All of these outlet stores are packed with designer duds for much less. You get the same great styles from top designers, yet you don’t have the giant dent in your bank account. Take a day to browse and see what you find.

Coupon Collateral  

If you’re shopping online and you see that tiny box during checkout asking for a coupon code, don’t just stare at it wistfully, do some research! Retailers have tons of coupon codes online floating in cyber space. Google your little heart out and you’ll see what is there. Some online retailers offer coupon codes just for signing up on their mailing list!

Don’t Ditch the Receipt

What you just paid full price for has now gone on sale. What’s a girl to do? Well, most stores follow the same protocol of giving a price adjustment within 14 days. So hold on to your receipt and contact the store for reimbursement. Checking back within two weeks after your purchase may just have a financial pot of gold at the end of your designer rainbow.

Shop Seasons

An easy rule to follow: always shop off-season. Off-season shopping is a strategy where you buy items at what would seem to be the wrong time of year. You can find deals from 50-75% off simply because of the calendar day! A quick breakdown of what off-season is—winter bargains are best bought in March, April, and May. Spring splurges should be found in June, July, and August. Summer sales flow into September, October, and November and autumn collections roll in November, December, and January.

Sale Racks on Racks on Racks

Nearly every store you shop has a sale or clearance section. Now depending on the store, the clearance rack can either be a nightmare or trend heaven. The one thing you need to have when diving in? Patience. You may need to go through hundreds of items before finding the holy grail of that style steal. You never know what you’ll find if you just put in the extra time to look.

 

Members Only

Everyone loves the concept of exclusivity. Like a bad-ass secret style society, certain websites offer amazing deals with only one catch – you have to be a member to participate. Once you score an account at these exclusive online boutiques, you’ll be offered remarkable discounts on premium designers. Loyal members will be rewarded with bargains that outsiders cannot access. Browse around and see which membership sites are worth signing up for.

The Million Dollar Question

Do you really need it? This question is very important when shopping on a budget. Many times we succumb to the impulse buy and it ends up sitting in the back of the closet waiting for “the perfect occasion”. Well, I can tell you now that $300 sweater you purchased which would look great out on the high seas will never be worn because you live in Colorado and don’t own a boat. Make sure you only buy what you love and what you will actually wear. Think of it as a long term investment and the more you wear it, the better the buy actually was.

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