Let me just start off by saying, I love fashion. I love clothes. My favorite thing in the world (after sleep of course) is shopping. I love seeing the new trends come into the stores, trying them on, choosing my favorite patterns and seasonal colors to obsess over. This is my love, this is my life.What happens when you can’t afford it all though? What happens when you can’t afford much if any of it? You have to get crafty. Not in the sense of MAKING, but in how you purchase. Check out all my favorite ways to Save Money Shopping Online.
Shopping For A Bargain (Without Clearance)
I love a good bargain, and a deal is always a dilemma to me. I find something I love and then I look at the price tag. Then I have to decide whether the item is worth the price. I’m one of those women who refuses to buy jeans for more than $25. Yeah, I’m that woman. Here’s the thing though. I don’t always have to spend tons of money on my clothes. I could go into the usual buy second hand, which if you know me well enough. You know I already do that. Honestly, though, I am getting a little depressed by what I see in my thrift stores, that I have started searching elsewhere for my fashions.
Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE going to the store and trying new clothes on, but why buy in a store, when you can get the same deal online…or an even better one.
How To Get The Best Price Possible
The first thing I try to do is go shopping IN the stores. I like to try on their clothes, so I can get a feel for the fabrics. Some fabrics just don’t lay well with me, and I need to always keep that in mind. I also notate sizes and what sizes they go up to, as well as whether they will fit my plus size frame.
Now I pretty well know the heartache of how difficult it is to clothe a plus size figure (obviously), so I know the idea of not purchasing right away can sound daunting. But hold on and don’t get discouraged. If I had been patient many years ago, I would have had a much easier time shopping. While you’re there, also feel free to take out your phone and take pictures of the clothes you like. This will help you to remember everything later.
My husband started doing that to me when we first got our cell phones several years ago. I hated it then, but it does make sense. I like to be able to look back and decide whether I truly love an item, or whether it’s just not worth my time after all. That’s the true test of the picture. Whether you still like the look long after you have left the store.
Sleep On It
Usually, by the next day, I will go about checking out my favorite outfits websites to see if the items I truly loved are there. I have taken enough time away from everything to only remember what I really loved, and therefore more willing to lay down my hard earned money for. This works the best with newer releases into the store, but sometimes you catch a break on the sales/clearance rack being on the site as well. The reason I always go to the site is that the warehouse is more likely to have a larger inventory of the larger sizes I need. I will always buy online rather than in store if I can help it. This is where you truly save the money.
Once you have found what you wanted on the site(s). It’s time to implore strategy. I have many apps and sites that I use, but only a couple are used absolutely ALL.THE.TIME.
Time To Research
Now before you get all crazy and go paying full price, do a little research. One of my favorite sites to look for discount codes (coupons) is RETAILMENOT (and in Canada RETAILMENOT), they have a great community that works together to keep the site up to date with coupon codes for hundreds of online stores.
Another place to look is called HONEY, HONEY is actually an add-on app to your browser’s toolbar, it will essentially click into play when it sees you go into the checkout line on a site. What it does is quite simple and quite exquisite (although you cannot use HONEY and EBATES at the same time) it essentially runs through the discount codes in its database on its own to make sure you are paying the lowest possible price for your items. You literally have to do nothing. Just click the button and it does it’s thing! BONUS: You also can earn cashback on it. Every 100 HONEYGOLD is worth $1 and you are able to use the credit once you have 1000 HONEYGOLDs available. These three sites are gold. They have honestly saved me so much money.
Discount Codes & Rebates
What I like to do is create an account on the store’s site first, so that I can create a cart list that will stick. This also helps when they have wish lists or the availability of favoriting items. Then I go see if EBATES.CA (EBATES if American) has them on their site. EBATES is a site that gives you a certain percentage of your purchase back for using their affiliate link. It accumulates in an account, and then you get that money back once it reaches its threshold. EBATES is affiliated with over 1000 retailers, so you will probably find it no problem. Shoot, they’re even affiliated with Etsy, which shocked the craze out of me!
Once you are signed up ( If you aren’t already ) then all you have to do is click on the store link within EBATES and go shopping. It is essentially tracking you while you are on that site, so that when you check out with your purchase it can put a tracker on your EBATES account, and the store will contact them with your actual total (usually within 7 days) so they can add that percentage to you pending payments as a cash back. This comes in really handy when you go shopping a lot.
Last Resort For a Discount
Now, what happens if there isn’t a discount code available? No sale going on! Should you just pay full price? I DON’T THINK SO. See sites hate seeing an abandoned cart. This is why we create an account on the site. ONE: You usually get a sign up bonus for doing so, and TWO: If you abandon your cart just before checkout, nine times out of ten, they will send you an email reminding you of your cart, and a discount code of some sort to use, so that you will spend your money and buy the items.
So there you have it. More ways of saving money on the fashion we know and love. I hope you utilize these tips the next time you decide to go shopping and leave a comment letting me know how they worked for you.