One thing I pride myself on is finding items that I love for crazy cheap. People are usually in awe when I tell them "oh yeah I paid $2 for this and $4 for that", but it's actually pretty easy to find good quality items when you're on a
don't have a penny to my name budget. Here's how:
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1.Make a list
Research trends/items/looks that you're interested in and look over your closet. Take note of what's missing and jot it down. It's better to have an idea of what you want than to blindly shop and waste money on pieces that don't go together.
2. Get thrifty
Yes this is a no brainer. If you want name brand clothing at super discounted prices go to your local thrift shop. While places like Arizona Trading Company and Plato's Closet have "trendy" up-to-date clothing, I actually prefer stores that are more like the Salvation Army. They may not have the best selection of "trendy" clothes, and you might have to do a lot of digging for hidden gems, but you can find wonderful vintage and designer items for less than $5. Plus they usually have sales and give great discounts if you're a student!
3.Head straight for the sales rack
Believe it or not, clothes aren't always put on clearance because they're ugly and no one wants them. Sometimes really cute items just don't have a high demand in your area (lucky for me nothing that I like is in high demand in Kansas), or it's selling just fine and they want to make room for something else. I've witnessed items being put on clearance then back off the next week! That's why I don't even bother looking at clothes that are full price..I head straight to the back! That way you won't be tempted to grab that item that you "have to have" even though it's $50 and you could most likely find a similar style in another store's clearance rack for $10. Trust me, it's happened.
4. Don't rush the dressing room
I'm notorious for taking 20 items or more to the dressing room with me. I pick out anything that catches my eye. Cute cut? Interesting pattern? Nice color? It all ends up in my hands. If you think too much you might realize that the item of your dreams is back on that rack, then you go back to discover it's been taken! Seriously, Grab. Everything. And once you're in the dressing room try every piece on and make sure it fits. Then ask yourself if you need it and if you really like it. Lastly, is the cost reasonable? If the answer is yes to all four questions then keep it. If it's no to even one question then part ways with the item. Even if you try on 20 items and leave with only two the money you save makes it worth it!
5. Coupons are your friend
Do you have a favorite brand/online store? Sign up for their email list! I'm signed up for boohoo.com, romwe.com, asos.com, and gojane.com. All of these stores have items with cheap prices already, but it gets even better when you get one of those emails that say "one day only sale, use this code and all items in store 30%...plus free shipping..and a free gift...orabunchofothercoolstuff". Also, if you shop the website and bookmark or wishlist the items you want, you can hold out on getting it until a sale comes to your inbox. If it's gone when the time comes, well, just tell yourself it wasn't meant to be. (And don't forget to sign up for Amazon Student if you're in college...free 2 day shipping on a ton of items on the site. It tells you it's only for a year but I've had it for two years now!)
Grab your super cheap items and modify them using online DIYs as your guide. Check out Black Girls Killing It for some awesome and (most importantly) easy tutorials.
Welp, there you have it.
Now go forth and spend as little money on cute clothes as humanly possible!