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I have a problem and I’ll be the first to admit it. I spend way too much time shopping. But I love the hunt and finding new items that match my style. Recently I’ve been collecting new pieces for my wardrobe that are usually higher priced without spending a ton. Through my years of shopping, I have gathered some “pro” tips and tricks to getting the best deals and not settling for full price.
And guess what? I didn’t pay full price for anything I’m wearing in this outfit. This outfit would have probably cost close to $400 if I bought everything full priced. Want to know how much I got it for? About $90 and these shoes are actually available for less now so it could have been around $75!
So the breakdown for this outfit, because I know you’re wondering, is as follows…
- $50 for the shoes
- $5 for the purse
- $22 for the top
- $10 in fabric for the skirt (I made it)
- Free jewelry thanks to my credit from Rocksbox (more on this in secret #4)
So are you ready to learn a few of my secrets? Here are 5 secrets to saving hundreds on clothes…
Find something you love then search the heck out of it
Found a Free People top you must have? Great! Now copy the name of it, let’s say it’s called the Over The Moon Kimono, put that into Google and click the “shopping” tab. Scroll through the results and see if it’s found cheaper at any other online stores. Chances are, it is. I love doing this because Google searches pretty much everything, including eBay and Poshmark. One of my favorite stores to shop directly for discounted brand name pieces is 6pm.com. I always check that website directly whenever I am searching for something. I use this technique when shopping in stores as well. If I find something I love, I write down the name that’s on the tag and search it online. If I can’t find it online for a better price, then I will just buy it in store.
Thred Up is pretty new to me and I don’t know why I haven’t been using it all this time. It’s an online secondhand store that does all the hard work in thrifting for you. I actually got the top I’m wearing in these pictures from Thred Up and you would have thought I got it brand new. The clothing descriptions tell you exactly what you are getting with most items like new and you can even sell your clothes by sending them into Thred Up! The reason that Thred Up is a new love of mine is because of how easy it is to find the pieces you want. You can search by brand, type, and if you really want to save you can search through their basement which contains items with flaws or signs of wear that you can get for even cheaper! Plus you can put in your sizes and it shows you items accordingly.
Right now Thred Up is having a great promo going on. Shopping through this link you can get 50% off first-time Women’s Clothing orders using the code WOMENS50. They have brands like Free People, Anthropology, Zara, and Kate Spade to name a few. Shop some of my favorites that are available right now here, here, here, and here.
Always, always, always look up promo codes! I scold my Mom for not doing this (because she never does). It’s so easy to search “Revolve promo code” in Google and find one that you can apply to your order. My favorite site for promo codes is RetailMeNot. They also have an app that comes in handy when shopping in store because you can pull up coupons on it. While I’m on the topic of apps, get Ibotta. You can get cash back from grocery stores, Joann’s (!), Target, and more.
Free Monthly Subscriptions Boxes
There are so many subscriptions boxes out there for just about anything. Seriously, they have them for skateboarders, dogs, food lovers, makeup enthusiasts, and it goes on and on. Almost always you can find a code for a free month or a free box somewhere online. I love doing free months because I can get a feel for the company and decide if I want to actually pay for future boxes or just end it after the first. Certain boxes work different ways. Some might be that you can rent the pieces and choose to purchase or send back, like Rocksbox. You can save money with boxes like this because the pieces are usually discounted since you are a member of the subscription. Other boxes, you pay a certain fee each month and get to keep all of the items in the box. You save here because some of those products are worth more than your monthly subscription fee.
To get the boxes for free, just search whatever box it is and add “free month” or “promo code” to the end of it. A few I have actually tried and love for clothing and jewelry are Nordstrom’s Trunk Club, Rocksbox (Use the code “sweettealblogxoxo” for a free month!), and Stitch Fix. Also, some boxes offer you a special deal if you refer others to use it. For example, Rocksbox gives you $25 credit for every friend referred. Pretty sweet because that means you can get free jewelry!
This one might not come as much of a surprise, or secret, but just go try it! Go to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or find some yard sales. There could be a hidden authentic Dooney & Bourke bag in the bottom of a bucket of purses! Not kidding, I found the one in these photos at a yard sale in the middle of no where in Ocala, FL. TIP: When shopping at all of these places, go to higher class neighborhoods. The Goodwill in the nicer part of town will almost always have better stuff than the Goodwill in the run-down side of town.
And that wraps up 5 of my secrets to shopping. Some of these might not come as a secret to some of you but if you didn’t already know then they could help. If you use all of these methods, you can be saving hundreds on clothes (or more) over time. I hate buying anything at full retail price because I know that I could get it for a discount if I just search or even wait until it goes on sale, which most items do eventually. Why spend when you can save?
If you have any secret tips of your own that you use for shopping, I’d love to know them! That is if they aren’t too secret and you’re willing to share. 😉 Leave them in the comments below or you could even email me them!