So, cheap is sort of a strong word for what I’m talking about here.
Because, if I’m honest, I don’t like to skimp on quality when it comes to clothing.
With this body, it’s barely even an option.
One of the things I learned from the style gurus when I was on What NOT to Wear is that looking good is an investment.
Gone are the days when my body could walk into a store and walk out with a pair of $15 jeans and a $5.99 racerback tee and still look fly.
My clothing needs structure. And durable fabric that won’t stretch. It has to hold its shape, even when my belly and my love handles, and whatever that stuff is on my thighs, challenge it not to. It can’t be so thin it’s see through. And, it can’t expect my body to do what it’s told. Because my body has become quite the rebellious little renegade. And it does whatever the hell it wants to, never mind what I say.
With that in mind, looking half way fabulous means I have to take my time when I shop. I have to make an investment in quality. I have to live in classics and work in trends when I can. And, I have to mostly stay the heck away from the junior section and anything sold in Walmart.
My wallet misses those days.
Finding quality clothing options without breaking the bank has become my mission. For someone who now considers shopping a hobby, it’s sort of also a necessity.
Here are my best frugal fashion tips!
1. Shop discount stores. Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Ross are my besties. But, admittedly, shopping at those places requires a little extra work. You have to get past the fact that some of your co-shoppers are probably going to be nuts. You have to overlook the fact that the store may look more like a flea market than it does a retail location (for some reason, some of these locations are not super well kept). I guess some people are quite vigorous in their bargain hunting. And, you have to be prepared to visit often. Their stock is limited and it changes quickly. And, no, they don’t have anymore in the back.
2. Don’t shop at those stores where every thing is always on sale. You know the ones I’m talking about. Where they have a shoddily constructed cotton sweater with a celebrity’s name on it showing an original price of $62 and a sale price of $38. You get tricked into thinking you’re getting a deal when really the sale price is more than it’s even worth most of the time.
3. Use Ebates. Cash. Back. Shopping. Is. What’s. Up. It’s almost like someone is actually paying you to buy adorable clothing. Come. On.
4. Get a Target Red Card. Same thing, only real life. And, it’s not a credit card. I mean it is, but it doesn’t have to be. It took me months to realize that the Target Red Card could actually just be tied to your debit card. Now I, 5% back every time I shop at Target, which depending on the season, could mean every day of life.
5. Make eBay your you-know-what. I sell stuff on eBay constantly (have a super cute romper on there now!). All of the money I make on selling lightly-worn-still-fly garments there goes back into my make-mommy-feel-pretty fund. It’s easier than consigning and eBay’s cut is WAY smaller than anything I’ve ever gotten from the consignment shops in our town.
A note about thrift shopping: As cool as it is, I’ve not had much real success with this practice. We don’t have a bunch of really cool thrift shops around here. The few we do have aren’t great on pricing. I’m of the belief that if I am going to buy your dead grandma’s kicks that she could still be haunting, I want them to come at a significant price break.