Well, it’s not that deep really. But lets talk real talk about shopping. Shopping for most women is a form of stress relief and does bring some sort of satisfaction. Maybe it’s the fact that you just picked up a kick ass piece of clothing that makes you feel good about yourself, or maybe that decor piece that will take your house one step closer to making it feel like home. What ever you are shopping for, I know that when you find it, it evokes a good feeling inside. t does for me. But in a day where, in my opinion, everything is way over priced (trust me, I know, I used to own a boutique and the markup is typically 150% from the wholesale price, which means, that the cost to make it was even less!) and I understand why, it take a lot of people, time and money to get product out to market. But, I still avoid paying full price when I can. Sure heading to the nearest department store is convenient, but other than that there is no reason to ever pay full price. If you don’t want too! That’s not to say that I don’t fancy department stores, in fact, Saks and Barneys are my two favorite, but I surely can’t afford to shop there for my entire wardrobe, I’d go broke! So I have to be a savvy shopper. Here are three tips to help you be a savvy shopper.
- Be patient! This is the hardest because we want to buy the first thing we see. When it comes to making big purchases, which in my world is anything over $200 I always shop around and price compare using shopstyle.com. Price varies from retailer to retailer and the same item might even be on sale on a different site.
- Know when your favorite stores have their sales! Annual, clearance, friends and family, etc.
- Know the sales policy! I have made the mistake of purchasing something only to have it go on sale within the next two weeks. Most retailers have a sale policy, For example @saks & Barneys if you purchase something and it goes on sale within 7 days they will refund you the difference, after that you are SOL. But don’t be afraid to ask anyway they might do a one time adjustment especially if you haven’t worn the item. If it comes down to it and they still have your size, return it and buy it again.
- BONUS tip, don’t be afraid of off price retailers, like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack and outlet stores. Most of them carry current season for a 1/3 of the price. Where else are you going to find Grey, Highwaist, PAIGE Skinny Jeans for $19.99?
If you want to know more about my savvy shopping habits let me know, I’d love to share them with you.
Top: Cloth & Stone $39.99 via Marshalls / Jeans: Paige $19.99 via Marshalls / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bandana: Gas Station $2.50