As women, there is just something about shopping and having clothes that make us feel beautiful. It's a very real emotional connection, yet can be dangerous if you're not careful. I may have to write a post about it, but I know what it is to have a shopping addiction and to put everything I am into clothes. It sounds absolutely crazy, I know. But when you start to compare yourself to the lives of others, comparing yourself to their bodies, their closets, homes, you name it, it can take over your life. I had to come to a point where I completely trusted the Lord and my complete joy was in Him. I had to learn to be content, to love myself. It's been a hard journey, a real journey, but I wouldn't be who I am today without that. God uses everything for good. (Romans 8:28)
I am getting off topic a little bit, but I want my readers to understand one thing, shopping and clothes are not the most important things in life. I have struggled with how to be a fashion blogger yet not fall into the stigma of pushing shopping and new clothes all the time. I know God called me to this, so I am learning how to find that balance! So, today I do want to share with you some ways to save money while shopping. Because I do enjoy it, but I also know I need to be a wise steward of the money God has given my family.
1. Wait For Sales
We all know there are major sales during the year, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and one that just ended, Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale. It may take patience, but make a list of what is on your wishlist and what you need. It will be much easier to shop without getting overwhelmed if you know what you're going for ahead of time. of course these sales only happen once a year, so what do you do the rest of the year? Wait. Seriously. Put your wishlist items in a favorites list for the site you are shopping and check back every few days or weeks, I promise, your item will go on sale! It may take patience, but if it saves you money in the end, it is worth it. And you'll appreciate it so much more.
2. Search For Promo Codes
I can think of multiple occasions I have been on the checkout page and that empty promo code box seems to take up the entire space. Empty. Blank. Space. Many times you can find a discount code if you just google '________ promo codes'. Also make sure to check out the website carefully. They tend to advertise their biggest sales and promo codes, you just have to keep an eye out for them. A lot of websites will also give you a discount code for signing up for their emails. If you don't like getting a bunch of emails, use an email address you don't really use, or just unsubscribe after your purchase! I also often have promo codes for my readers with the brands that I work with, so look out for those, too! (Like my watch, you can save $15 with my code 'teddybearsandlipstick15')
3. Resale & Consignment Shops
Shopping sites such as Ebay and Poshmark are great for bargain shopping. Again, it may take some patience and searching, but Ebay is a great place to find the items you want for amazing prices. I always check Ebay first when shopping for name brand denim, shoes, and jewelry such as Kendra Scott. Like Ebay, Poshmark is another great site to find good deals. What is best about Poshmark is all the boutiques on there selling on trend items. You will most likely be able to find a close look alike for a fraction of the cost. You can find my Poshmark closet here.
Ebates receives a commission from stores that send customers their way, but they don't keep it all to themselves, they share it with you! You get a percentage back on every purchase you make through Ebates! It is completely free, all you have to do is sign up! Ebates is partnered with over 2,000 stores, meaning your favorites are most likely on there. All you have to do is click on the store you want to shop at on the Ebates home page. Ebates then tracks the order made and you earn anywhere from 3% to 10% cash back. This is a great way to shop, especially around the holidays or birthdays when you have to do some shopping anyways! You can sign up here!
I hope you enjoyed today's post and found it helpful! Please let me know what you thought of this post and if you would like to see more things like this! Appreciate you all!