Being a good shopper takes practice.
No, that’s not what I tell myself to justify my buying habits. I promise.
The truth is that it’s easy to buy whatever catches your eye, especially if it’s on sale. But making sensible purchases that add value to your wardrobe requires thought and yes, practice.
Back in my younger days I wasted money on sale racks buying things I was sure I would find use for. Then I ended up wearing them once or twice and forgetting about them or forcing myself to admit I made a bad decision.
In my last post I talked about how to stay fashionable on a budget and I mentioned learning to shop sale racks as one way to do that. So here are some tips.
1. Take your time. I have no qualms about taking ten minutes to decide between two items. If I’m gonna spend money on it, I have to love it.
2. Mentally take inventory of your wardrobe. Before I came to my senses I would buy a top then realize I had nothing to wear it with. You’re not saving money if you then have to go buy the other half of the outfit. Think about if the colour and style coordinate with things you already own. Or if you already have something very similar!
3. Examine the items carefully. Not every store will tell you the item on sale is damaged. Make sure you check that all buttons are intact and zippers or clasps are functional.
4. Stock up on basics and classics. White button downs, black handbags, nude pumps . . . whatever you wear a lot and need to replace often. A sale can also be an opportunity to try out a new trendy item but don’t buy too many things with a short shelf life.
5. Be careful with BOGO. Remember that buy one get one half off sales don’t save you that much money especially since the half off usually applies to the lesser priced item. If you need both items, then by all means go ahead. But don’t force yourself to find a second piece to take advantage of this “deal”. You’ll just be wasting money in the end.
Do you have any other tips for making the most of a sale?