Anyone who knows me knows that I am a total bargain shopper and an absolute sucker for a damn good deal. Shopping is and always has been my thing (while other kids played sports, I got my exercise at the mall with the week’s worth of lunch money I’d managed to save up), but having said that, I can’t justify (nor can I afford) dropping an absurd amount of money on just a few key items. When I shop, I want to get my money’s worth and feel like I’ve made good purchasing decisions, which is why I tend to stick to the bargains (why buy 2 things for $100 when you can buy 5?).
As a relatively new blogger, something I really struggled with is playing the comparison game. I see these seasoned, established bloggers on my feed, rocking the cutest (but totally out of my price range) items and it always made me feel like it was a set-in-stone criteria to showcase expensive things in order to be successful in the blogging industry. After some serious self-reflecting and weeks of brainstorming (and teetering back and forth between scrapping the whole thing all together or pushing forward), I realize that this isn’t necessarily the case. There are tons of people out there just like me who 1.) Maybe can’t afford to drop $500 at Nordstrom in a single shopping trip, and 2.) Just don’t feel good doing so, even if they can. These are the people my content should relate to because these are the people I personally, relate to (*light bulb*).
Honestly, one of the hardest things as a new blogger is figuring out where you fit in the industry, and while I knew how competitive the industry was, I never imagined something as seemingly intuitive as staying true to myself and my own voice would be so difficult. It took me some time to realize that I can’t compare myself (or my blog) to anyone else, because everyone’s path is different, everyone’s goals are different, and everyone’s focus is different. I realize that my job as a blogger is to relate, connect, and engage with my readers and the only way to do so is to be myself and create content that’s directly inline with my own lifestyle and personal beliefs. I can only assume that many of those bloggers rocking flashy, expensive purses, shoes, etc. are doing so because they can afford it and that’s what THEIR readers relate to, and that’s okay! But as of now, that’s just not me.
Having said all that, I will continue to stick to my roots in hopes that there are others out there who can relate. Today, I (in true bargain hunter fashion) wanted to share with y’all some of my personal advice on saving money while still looking (and feeling) totally fab! Scroll down for all the tips!
7 Pieces of Advice from the Girl Who’s Always (and shamelessly) Doin’ it For the Deals:
- Don’t bother splurging on the basics. I honestly will never understand girls who spend $30+ on a plain white V-neck or strappy little tank. Just because something is pricey, doesn’t mean it cant be ruined just as easily as something cheap—for a gorgeous dress or a perfect pair of jeans, that’s a risk I’m willing to take, but not for a basic tee that I could’ve gotten for $6 at H&M or Old Navy. Word to the wise: go for the cheap basics and put that extra money you save towards something that’s actually worth it (like that little pop-of-color cross body you’ve been swooning over all season long).
- Add your name to email lists for stores you frequently shop at. This way, you’ll be in the know every time there’s a sale going on. Bonus: many even offer a one-time discount on your next purchase after signing up, plus exclusive coupon codes for subscribers periodically (you can always unsubscribe later).
- Try to save the bulk of your seasonal shopping for holiday weekends. If you can do the majority of your summer shopping during Memorial Day weekend, your fall shopping during Labor Day weekend, your winter/Christmas shopping on Black Friday, and your spring shopping during Easter weekend, you’re bound to get a ton of great staple pieces for a fraction of the price. That’s not to say you shouldn’t shop in between, but like I said, if you can at least knock out your mix and match, wear all season long staples while their on major sale, you’ll save a ton of money in the long run.
- Looking for a specific shoe style but can’t afford the designer brand? Check online at Target for dupes. Out of all the stores I frequently shop at, Target is one that I can absolutely rely on in terms of keeping up with current shoe trends. I love that I can almost always find a relatively similar design to whatever is currently trending among designer brands, without breaking the bank OR compromising too much on the quality. Also, the reason I say online is because the shoe section of most Targets is usually a mess and super limited, but online they have a huge selection in all different sizes and colors!
- Give Forever 21 a chance. I know this one’s a hard sell because the stores are usually an absolute hellhole, but if you limit your shopping to online, the selection is actually pretty good and everything is SO cheap. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not naïve to the fact that the quality isn’t always the best, but at $8 for a skirt and $10 for a cute little OTS blouse, you can totally afford to wear it 3-4 times before screwing it up! It’s possible that that’s just a personal thing though because I’m not known to be super gentle with any of my clothes, expensive or not, which is why I rarely splurge on them. Anyway, I mainly like Forever 21 because I can usually find pretty good dupes of hot designer trends without totally breaking the bank.
- Check Amazon for name brand items before purchasing from the company itself. I’ve been able to find great things such as Steve Madden boots, protein powders, Nike running shoes, cooking gadgets, etc. on Amazon for significantly cheaper than what I was seeing in store, plus if you have Prime, you get free 2 day shipping—Score!
- Before spending $500+ on home décor at Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn, check Home Goods, Marshalls, TJ Max, Big Lots, and even your local Flea Market for dupes of those must-have items. With a little patience, I’ve actually found some seriously awesome pieces for dirt-cheap at some of these places! Don’t knock it til’ you try it!
Also, in case y’all haven’t noticed, I’ve pretty much been LIVING in boyfriend jeans lately. Dressed up with a pair of strappy heels and a flowy tank or dressed down with a casual pair of slides and a relaxed tee, they’re always SO cute (and ridiculously comfy)! Want more tips on how to style them? Check out my post on how to rock the look!
Thank you for reading and I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!
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