Post # 1
I NEED EM!
Here is some backup story ladies: I LOVE SHOPPING. I currently have five tabs open, each home to clothing items I WANT NOW. *tears* But most importantly, I don’t make much money working part-time and being in school. What I really need is ways to cut back on a few items and money saving tips and plans that worked for you. Anything would be appreciated!
Also, any online shops or places you frequent that would give me the satisfaction of shopping once in a while, but still $$ friendly!
Post # 3
Frequenting ebay or high-end consignment shops is a great way to save money and get fashionable pieces. Ultimately, you need to work on your spending to save, so start by setting some limits/”rules” for yourself as well!
Post # 4
@Miss Orchard: Thank you! I don’t know why I never looked at ebay for clothing.
Post # 5
I used to be like you, shopping alllll the time. And then, I realized – when cleaning out my closet for a move – that I only wear about 15% of my wardrobe. The rest sits untouched. Trendy pieces worn once or twice, some with tags still on were what made up the 85% I didn’t wear. I added up the cost of those clothes and was so horrified that it actually stopped me from shopping unless it 1. replaced a functioning item in my wardrobe 2. was of high quality (no cheap H&M or Old Navy i,pulse shopping where the clothes fall apart 2 months later) and 3. I couldn’t stop thinking about it/live without it and it went with multiple different outfits.
Having fun goals to work towards with saving really helps, too. For me, my husband and I were saving towards a 6 month trip backpacking through Asia. That helps my focus a lot! Did I want a $35 shirt, or a 2 nights in a hotel in Cambodia temple-hopping? Easy choice.
Post # 6
One thing that I’ve saved a lot of money with is coupons. I got a groupon for our invitations (I got the all for $45) and one for our photo guestbook. I got a livingsocial coupon for a glass blowing experience we thought would make a fun date. I’ve also used JoAnns coupons for wedding supplies. I’m making our table runners, and I got the fabric at a thrift store for about $8 all together.
As far as everyday life FI and I ave been having so much fun shopping at Savers (or your friendly neighborhood thirft store) lately. It depends on your area, but ours has a lot of gently used clothes (and household things), often from good quality brands. I got 7 pieces of clothing (5 shirts, a skirt and some shorts) last weekend for abot $20. We found a shirt similar to the one FI found for about $100 online and 2 of the one I found were from Banana Republic. Maybe it’s weird, but we find it pretty entertaining too.
Post # 7
If you already have a lot of clothes you might consider opening an account at a consignment store. I have done this in the past, selling items I no longer wore or that were impulse buys. Best tip I would give is if you see something you just have to have, leave it at the store and give yourself time to evaluate the purchase – I bet this cuts down on your spending.
Post # 8
Thanks Ladies, I opened an ebay account and will sell things I no longer wear. I appreciate your advice! I am setting goals and if I reach them I will treat myself to one/two items.