Quality clothing + Bargain = Smart shopping
In the 1990s as a poor college student, I found it difficult to get all the best clothes I required. I would come across a nice item and deplete my budget with a single shirt. Unfortunately, I ended up wearing clothes beyond their appropriate lifespan. More appropriately, I should have created a list, a budget, and a plan. In your pursuit of clothes, I suggest you not settle for lower quality due to a limited budget. You have two pertinent options. First, follow the three steps listed below. Second, consider the window shopping approach where you scan the absolute best, then find other similar less expensive brands with quality products (see my prior article Window shopping: generating ideas).
Create a list
To start, figure out what clothes you need to complete your wardrobe and write them down. This will keep you focused at the department store when passing all the wonderful displays.
Create a budget
Now that you have your list of essential fashion items, determine how much you want to spend as well as how much your list will cost you.
Create a plan
Now, take your list and your budget and plan out what you will get. Sort them by priority. Then find each item in a store and wait for it to go on sale or follow the second option above. A few springs ago, I received an advertisement in the mail from Macy’s department store. I flipped through its pages to come across a flowery silk tie I especially liked. However, the tie cost $60 – more than I wanted to pay. So, I waited and dropped by the local Macy’s every now and then. Sure enough, later in the year I bought that very tie for $14.95. Scope out the items on your list and set priorities on the ones you want or need. Then, go out and find those items possibly waiting for them to go on sale if not already affordable.
I hunt bargains quite frequently waiting for the right deals. In fact, just the other day I bought the Cole Haan boots in the above photo at 70% off (Original $228 / Paid $68.50). They caught my eye a couple of months ago, but were not at the right price for me. Every now and then I popped in to look for a sale. Eventually, I snagged them for the right price. For certain things, you may have to tap your patience pencil on the table as they may never be reduced or they may take an extended amount of time to drop in price. As you put this process into practice, you will improve over time. Hopefully, this article has opened your eyes to the potential savings.
For more information about smart shopping, check out my article Finding Great Bargains.
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