Sunday, November 18, 2012

On the Cheap

As a teenager making student minimum wage at a local deli, I have gotten quite good at what they call "shopping on a budget" or basically just shopping for normal people. I almost never buy anything that isn't on sale or that isn't already really cheap unless, it is an investment piece. An investment piece is something that you are absolutely sure that you want (probably because you have wanted it for a while), that you know is versatile and can be worn in several different ways. It is also something that you are sure will last you a very long time, in the sense of durability, and that won't go out of style in the next five minutes. These are items on which it's okay to splurge.

I like to shop a lot at stores like H&M, Forever 21 and Winners mostly because they have clothes that I love that are normally already pretty cheap. However, I am also on the emailing list for stores like Urban Outfitters and Madewell because they will actually send me notifications when they are having a sale, convenient, right? You can also add your favorite stores to your social media feeds like Facebook and Twitter in order to receive updates. Never forget to look at the sales rack in the back of the store and if you find something that you love that isn't in your size, don't be afraid to ask a salesperson if they have the right one in the back somewhere.

This is a great example of an outfit "on a budget". The brown, faux-leather moto jacket was purchased at Dynamite originally $65 on sale for $35. The off-white pashmina was inexpensive from the start, $10 form Le Château. The pale turquoise jersey style t-shirt was originally $30 on sale for $10 at Garage. The dark wash Volcom jeans were a great find from an independently owned skateboard shop in my hometown, on sale for $40 from $70. Finally, lace-up the boots were my investment piece of the season for $80 however, I did save $10 on the taxes because I have an SPC (student price card).

1 comment:

  1. Very good explanation and nice tips for people on a budget!