It’s been almost 2 years since I left the workforce to do the stay-at-home mom/freelance thing and my wardrobe has been in flux ever since. Going from professional work wear to everyday casual is not easy, especially if you don’t want to rock sweats every day. Coupled with the fact that I’m losing weight (Yay!) and I’m on a serious budget, makes things very interesting in the shopping department.
This summer is no different, the temps rising and all I have to show for it are a few pairs of shorts, two tank tops that aren’t stained, and no kind of open toed sandals (flip flops don’t count!). All of my dresses are too big and my old work tops won’t last 2 minutes with my toddler at the park. So needless to say, your girl has some shopping to do.
But I have to be smart about it and so should you! No sense going broke for just a few months of seasonal wear, right? So here’s what you can do to keep from breaking the bank when it comes to summer shopping.
Take Stock of Your Closet
Sometimes we girls we don’t know what we have, basing our shopping list on what we see in ads and on blogs. A lot of times we feel like we have nothing to wear because we just can’t see what we have. So take some times, go through that closet and really figure out what you have. Can that ill fitting dress be altered? Find a pair of shorts you’ve forgotten all about? Can you repurpose those old sandals. Take a good inventory of what you already own so you don’t end up wasting your money.
Know What You’re Shopping For Before You Hit the Stores
Now that you know what you have, you can make a list of clothes and accessories you need this summer before you go shopping. We all know how easy it is to go to the store for one thing and come out with a whole bunch of other stuff that you didn’t really need (and spending money you really didn’t have). The same way you go to the grocery store armed with a list so you can ward off temptation, you should do the same when you hit the mall.
Email Newsletters Are Your Friend
With a hectic schedule it’s hard to keep up with all of our favorite stores and when they have sales. That’s why signing up for their email newsletters is the way to go. It’s an easy and painless way to keep up with sales and promotions that can save you even more money on your summer wish list.
Get Fashion Jewelry to Dress Up What You Already Have
This is by far the easiest and cheapest way to spice up your fashion life. Stores like Charlotte Russe and Claire’s always have great deals on earrings, statement necklaces, and other fun accessories that incorporate any trend into your wardrobe for just a few bucks. (See how they transform this dress into 3 different outfits).
If You Can’t Make At Least Two Outfits Out Of It, Leave It
So you have your list, found what you were looking for in the store or online, and it’s on sale. The next question you should ask yourself how well it can play with the other clothes in your closet. When you’re on a budget, you have to make the most out of everything. Now I’m not saying it has to be boring and void of all color, but figuring out how to make at least two outfits with clothes you already own makes sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck!
Your turn! How do you save money when shopping for clothes?