A small guide to becoming a thrifty shopper

I tell you. You learn something new everyday, and for the past few months I learned a lot about shopping. Not just your regular go down the aisle and pick up whatever shopping, but thrifty “I bought this shirt for three dollars” shopping; so instead of keeping the information to myself, I decided to share it.  Here are my tips for those fashionistas who want to become thrifty fashionistas:

Sign up

Next time a Sales Associate asks you if you would like to sign up for the store’s email list, say yes. You will get all types of goodies in your email when you sign up for their email list; such as, receiving special coupons, getting the scoop on Sales before they are even advertised, and getting information on when the store is placing new items on clearance. Just signing your email could possibly save you $20-$50 on your next purchase

Take the Survey

Companies want and value your opinion. This information is so valuable to them that they offer great incentives just for taking a survey online. The incentives can range from a coupon worth 15% off your next purchase to an entry into a sweepstakes.  Some stores will even allow you to pair your survey coupon with an in-store promotion. You know what that means… more money, more money, more money…saved.

Clearance, Clearance, Clearance

A lot of stores turnover their inventory very quickly. The reasoning is that the store wants to keep fresh new items in stock at all times. This common practice benefits the consumer, if you have the patience. Why buy a shirt for $20 when you can just wait and get the same shirt for $5. Yes, I have seen it happen. One time I bought a shirt for $7, thinking that it was a steal, and now the shirt is $3. Lesson learned.

Off price retailers

These are your T J Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross store. I went over these type stores in my blog titled “Sales, Clearance, Off price-retailers Oh My!”

Learn when to splurge and when to save

Sometimes you have to splurge a little in order to get the best quality and long term use out of an item. A good splurge is something that has to be decided in advance.  For me it is the following:

  • A good pair of shoes
  • A good pair of jeans that fit
  • A nice coat
  • Your LBD (Little Black Dress)
  • A nice, good quality purse

SN: Not multiple nice, good quality purses.

There are my tips for the thrifty shopper.

What are your tips for thrifty shoppers?

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