3 Shopping hacks you should know now
I am a student and personally, I don’t have much money to spend on clothes, and I know I am not the only one. The sad thing is that is love fashion! And I can’t keep myself from buying new “on trend” clothes. But I have to face the reality because clothes are not “essential” for me they are kind of a passion/hobby. The tips down here are all self-tested and approved, trust me if you are fashion-thirsty and broke; you need those shopping hacks.
FIRST of the shopping hacks.
You need to learn to go to thrifts shops. Seriously, there are treasures in there. The place where I come from, thrift shops are not very popular. We secretly tag people that shop from there of “poor”. But being poor is a reality when you’re a student, so… When I was younger, my parent would buy fresh new clothes from the shop for me. So it took me some time to mind myself to got look inside of a thrift shop and really mind myself to buy something. The more I grew up, the more I saw the benefit of it.
First, you save a lot of money on vintages pieces of clothes that are worth near 100$ in shops today. For example leather jacket and fur coat. Those are really trendy these years but the best quality ones cost far too much for a broke student. You have to be careful and wash every piece before wearing, but the pieces I got this year are flawless, some even looked new. Another thing to take in count is the environmental benefit. When you buy a piece from a thrift shop, you gave it a second life. Because I don’t have the money to buy eco-friendly clothes, I like to think that I least all my clothes are not wasted.
SECOND of the shopping hacks.
This is a personal taste, but I like Forever21 clothes. Not all of them, but some pieces are cheaper and are worth buying. The wonderful thing about Forever21 is that they have an amazing website with items on sale. A lot of items on sales. But sometimes, when you really don’t want to spend a lot of money, you need to wait for what I call a supersale. I noticed that one or two times by year, they launch a sale on the sale items.
For example, at the end of summer 2016, I was shopping on a Forever21 supersale. And I found a magnificent coat. It was 95, 99$ CAD or something. Way too expensive for a girl that own too many coats already. But with two discounts I ended up paying like 20$ for it. Yes a 100$ coat, for 20$. Trust me that was the best deal I ever did in my life. To notice when they are doing such an amazing thing, you can subscribe to Forever21 on social media such as Facebook or Instagram. I still shop on their site but I never buy a thing full prince except if it’s worth it, like a 4$ white tee.
THIRD of the shopping hacks.
This trick is very simple to save your money and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with sales or discounts. My mother told me this trick when I started buy my own clothes. The thing is when you go out to buy yourself new clothes, think about what you need and not what you want. These terms may look similar but listen carefully because they are not. Something that you need is, for example, a pair of black booties for winter, an essential. A thing you want is those wonderful red heels with details on it. Yes, these are really trendy, you tell yourself, but are you going to wear them as much as a base pair of shoes? Like those black boots for example.
When you want to save money, you simply cannot think about want you want, you must think about what you need to invest in great and durable items that are going to last for than a season. Sometimes, buying better quality pieces are worth it, but it must be an essential. If it is something just for one season or something that is not going to be trendy anymore in one year, maybe you should invest your money somewhere else.
Hope this was helpful! If you have any questions or point to bring up to me, do not hesitate, I will be happy to discuss with you.
For more fashion lesson, see my Colors, Patterns and Texture post.