Shopping doesn’t always mean breaking the bank. Here are my favorite and best tips to shop smart.

With only a few weeks away into the new season, it’s time to start thinking of the fall wardrobe. Often, I get asked how can I afford to purchase “new” clothes and shoes for my blog. I laugh because I’m not one to spend hundreds of dollars on these items. Don’t get me wrong, there are some pieces you should invest in, like jackets for instance. However, when it comes to the “common” clothing items, I always shop smart for. Below I listed my 5 tips to shop inexpensively.

Shop your closet

Before going on any shopping spree, I like to “shop”, or clean out, my closet. By doing so, I’m able to get a better visualization of the items you’re missing. When creating your list, try to include the color of choice as well; it well help when you come across to tip #3.

Recreate looks from previous season

Now that you’ve cleaned out your closet, the fun part begins! Prepare a lookbook for the new season. A lookbook consists of photo collages displaying the outfits you styled. Try coming up with two-three different looks using the same dress, for instance, like Aimara did in her weekly round up post. Not only does it save you money but also time from thinking of what to wear!

Research your stores

Shopping can sometimes be overwhelming when you don’t know where to start. This is why I recommend on researching the stores and mapping it out. A lot of stores tend to have major sales halfway through the period in order to bring in newer items. Look up the items you’re missing from when you were shopping your own closet to avoid buying items you don’t need. Track down those coupons. Every little penny counts! Rema demonstrates how it’s possible to create an entire outfit under $40 in her Punch bowl, Linens & Milkshakes post. I’m telling you, you don’t need to spend much money if you plan it out.

Would you believe me if I told you I purchased this lace bodysuit from Akira at $20 from their summer sale?! The bodysuit was already on sale at $30 but the store provided an additional discount because they were moving locations.

This tote, from Aldo, was half off when I purchased it! The store sent me a coupon and decided to splurge 😉 Currently, it’s no longer available in store but I found it on DSW and Amazon.

Thrift shop

One woman’s garbage is another woman’s treasure (haha). Don’t be afraid to thrift shop because some of them allow you to swap your clothes for theirs! (Get inspired to create a vintage ensemble with the thrift store findings like I did with this Audrey Hepburn look.) Prior to going, I would also advice on calling the thrift stores to confirm when they receive new inventory. This will give you first dibs on their merchandise.

Always take cash, always!

Lastly, the best way to shop smart is by not taking more than what you budgeted for. This means leaving those credit cards behind! I usually take $80, in cash, with me. It really limits me from buying unnecessary clothing items.


Do you have any tips to shop smart? I would love to know! Share them in the comments below 🙂

I hope these tips are useful to you. If you decide to use any of them, let me know. I love helping people save some extra money in their wallets.

Thanks for stopping by!!Michelle

Photographer: Anthonie Arboleda