As I’ve admitted before on this blog, I really love shopping. I get it from my mom, who gets it from her mom, and probably so on before that. One thing that’s also in my blood, though, is getting great deals. It’s so hard to justify paying full price for clothing when it’s so easy to get the same thing or similar for less money! As I get older, I appreciate higher-quality clothes more and more and would rather buy one nice shirt than four cheaply made ones that I’ll have to replace in a few months. Not everyone feels this way, however! You may already have a shopping system that works for you, and if so, that’s great! Maybe you don’t, though. If you want to be able to buy more and/or nicer items, but are looking for tips on how to not spend as much money doing that, this post is for you.
IF YOU WANT TO SHOP ONLINE:
- Shop at sites that don’t have physical stores in your state, and you won’t have to pay sales tax! I love to shop the sales at Bloomingdale’s, for example, because there’s not a brick-and-mortar store in Tennessee. I pay no sales tax AND, because I joined their free Loyallist program, I also get free shipping (and reward points) on every purchase! They have a lot of the same beauty and makeup items as Sephora and Nordstrom that NEVER go on sale, but are still cheaper because of the other factors. I even bought some baby items there, like our carseat and stroller. That 10% (or whatever your tax rate is) that you save may not seem like a lot, but it can add up, especially on higher-dollar items.
- Join eBates and shop through there anytime you shop online. eBates gives you a specified percentage cash back on a TON of different stores online (and some in-person, too!). If you do much online shopping, it can be a great way to save a little extra money. (I’ve had my account for a year now, and have earned $150, which is pretty awesome.) If you want to sign up, click here for my referral link, which also gives you a free $10 bonus!
- Use promo codes! My favorite site for this is RetailMeNot, but if you just Google the store’s name “AND promo code,” you can often find great discounts you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
- Check out BradsDeals.com. This site can be dangerous to peruse when you don’t technically need anything, but around Christmastime, it’s a lifesaver for me! The contributors to this site do all the work, and compile lots of great online shopping deals from all across the Internet. If you’re looking for a specific brand or item, it’s worth searching on here to see if there are currently any sales on that item.
- Head to resale sites, like Tradesy, Poshmark, or eBay. You can find great deals on sites like these on brand new or hardly worn items. You can also sell your own clothes on there (they take a small fee out), and choose to get paid in store credit or through PayPal (they give you a little more if you choose store credit).
- Be aware of great sales that happen at the same time every year. For instance, the Kate Spade Surprise Sale is actually going on right now!! (It ends February 9th at 11:59 pm, though, so hurry!) The link is here. Like the huge Tory Burch sale that happens each year, the sale items are from the actual store, not outlets, and include a wide variety of styles of bags, shoes, jewelry, etc. Why pay full price for a new purse when you can find it for half of that?! I also love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that happens every year, and I make sure to stay on top of when it’s coming up. It’s even better than the in-store sale, in my opinion, because you don’t have to leave your couch, and Nordstrom has free shipping 24/7, with no minimum.
- CAVEAT: While I try to keep up with the sales I mentioned above, I have to unsubscribe from pretty much any other store’s emails, because otherwise, it’s way too easy to get caught up in the excitement of a sale and spend way more money than I should. I have my favorites that I wait for and save up for each year, and I try to leave it at that. As Josh likes to say, it’s not a good deal if it’s something you didn’t need to begin with. 🙂
IF YOU PREFER TO SHOP IN PERSON:
- TJ Maxx / UAL / etc.: These stores and other like them are MY JAM. TJ Maxx is, of course, not a secret, but don’t underestimate the deals you can find here! I have gotten $200 Rag & Bone jeans for $25. Seriously. UAL (United Apparel Liquidators) is an even better, more hidden, gem in my opinion! (If you live in Nashville, there are a couple around town, and now one in Brentwood, too! They also have stores in LA, TX and MS.) Their clothing is brand-new, high-end designer items, even couture (too fancy for me, but beautiful to look at).
- Marti & Liz- Also probably not a secret if you live in Middle TN, but I can almost always find an awesome deal on great quality shoes here! I hate spending a lot on shoes, but I feel a whole lot better if I can find them here.
- Look out for local sales & fashion events. Every few months in Nashville, the Nashville Scene puts on a charity event called Fashion For A Fraction. Y’all, I go nuts here. You can purchase tickets in advance or at the door, for a good cause, and then shop til you drop (literally) in a giant room filled with amazing deals on clothes from dozens of local boutiques. $5 designer jeans? $10 sundresses? YES PLEASE! The next one should be coming up in 3-4 months, so be on the lookout.
Please let me know in the comments any other places or ways that YOU love to shop and find deals! Coming up soon, I’ll be posting about secrets I have for finding deals on home decor and furniture, my other favorite thing to shop for!