Who doesn’t love saving money when shopping? I’m not gonna lie—convince often times keeps me from pursuing the cheapest option. For example—culling through racks at T.J.Maxx, Goodwill, and Ross WILL find me fashionable clothing for less. But! It takes determination and focus. (Two things I lack when shopping.) I want ease. I want space. I want visuals. Department stores attract shoppers with these conveniences: organized aisles; interesting visuals; and intuitive displays. All of which creates an environment that is calming and pleasing to the eye. And this gets me shopping.
That might not be everyone. Some enjoy the chaos. Some thrive in it. Take it as a challenge even. But I? I want shopping to be a leisurely and enjoyable experience. So, I’m forced to find money saving ideas elsewhere. This might be coupons; this might be applying for a store card; this might be waiting for major shopping holidays. Whatever it is, to me, is worth the wait. It allows me to shop the stores I love — for less.
Here are my top four money-saving hacks and the stores I use them in.
- Donate jeans and receive $20 off any new pair. This. This is gold. Jeans are a struggle to find. Certain brands fit better than others. Certain styles fit better than others. Limiting your budget then is hard. Especially when—if you’re anything like me—you wear jeans all day every day. So, if the jeans at Forever 21 or Old Navy aren’t fitting like I wish, I hit up Madewell and J.Crew for a more expensive pair but with a better fit. And am perfectly OK because when you bring in a pair of jeans (ANY pair; does not have to be brand/store specific), they will automatically knock $20 off any new pair of jeans. #WINNING.
- Sign up for Insider Perks. I’ve found that giving away your email can help you save money. I don’t mean to anyone and everyone. But to places like Madewell and Anthropologie? It’s definitely worth it. Because when you sign up for their Insider Programs, you gain perks like free shipping online and birthday savings—15% off at Anthroplogie and $25 off at Madewell. Run don’t walk to sign up today!
- Say yes to the store credit card. Now. I am typically anti store credit cards. I was dinged back in the day for never receiving a Banana Republic bill and suffered a delinquency on my credit score for years. But. My husband and I recently signed up for Nordstrom’s credit card—and it’s awesome. Earn points for every dollar you spend, which can be redeemed for credit in the store. Receive free alterations. Early access to major store-wide sales too.
- Wait. This is one of the hardest things to do if you love fashion. There’s always the fear the style you love in the size you love will be gone by the time it goes on sale. Sometimes that’s true—and you just have to chalk it up to “it wasn’t meant to be.” But most times? You can find it. Maybe not in your original store—but with a store locator, you’re likely to find the piece you’ve lusted after for weeks. Think of it as you would shopping for appliances. Why would you drop $1000 on a fridge now when you can wait another two weeks for that Memorial Day sale to happen?
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