The Budget Fashionista
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Where did February go? It's March already, can you believe it? It's thunder storming here in Tennessee, and what is a girl to do when she is confined inside? Pinterest and online shopping, of course! Well, maybe not shopping per say but definitely perusing ;) In this post I wanted to share a few secrets for the budget fashionista, because if you are anything like me, you are most certainly on a budget.
The last week of the month is usually the week that hubby and I go over our finances, make sure that all monthly bills are paid and make the budget for the next month. It's never a good thing when the expenses outweigh the income or when one particular budgeting category just doesn't want to add up. I don't know about you, but for me the clothing category was always a little out of sorts. For the past few months, I've been determined to find the secrets to a frugal fashion lifestyle, so here I am to share some of them with you!
> Don't limit yourself to just +Size: If you are between the sizes of 10-16 you shouldn't limit yourself to just plus size stores. Many department stores now carry brands with larger sizes, and with a little bit of research you can find them at great prices. Take Target for example. Target has an exclusive contract with Ava & Viv as well as Who What Wear, and they offer beautiful plus size clothing. Keep in mind that Target also carries larger sizes in their regular brands; look for XXL or 1-3X.
Bonus: If you want extra privileges and discounts make sure to get your Target debit card. This card is connected to your personal checking account with your personal bank, and it offers you 5% cash back EVERY time you shop at Target. It also offers free shipping online and an extra 30 days for any returns. It's a pretty sweet deal. Target has also created an app called Cartwheel by Target (iPhone+Android), and they offer weekly deals that could add up to a 50% discount.
> Price Drop Alert: Isn't it a bit frustrating when you buy something you really love only to find out that the price has dropped a week later? That happened to me with my Valentine's Day Dress btw; so frustrating! Anyway, one of my favorite bloggers shared Shoptagr with me, and now I am addicted. Shoptagr is free to use on your desktop or cell phone, and it allows you to tag your favorites from around the web. When something hits the price in your budget Shoptagr will email or text you about it! Major savings alert!
> Renting is the new Black: You don't always have to buy clothes; renting is actually a great idea and will save you a ton of money in the long run. If you find yourself buying a lot of gowns or cocktail dresses for meetings and events consider Rent the Runway. This is a very recent discovery of mine, but I've been scrolling through their website, and I found some of the most dreamy dresses for a fraction of the retail price. Celebrity dresses for a not so celebrity budget! Renting is not just for special occasions though. Gwynnie Bee, Le Tote and many other servicesoffer to furnish your closet monthly for as little as $40 a month. I received my first Gwynnie Bee box last week, and I'm completely smitten!
> Rebates and Referrals: It took me a very long time to figure out what eBatesreally was, but ever since I did I have been enjoying the benefits, or I should say the rebates. Ebates is a site, much like Amazon, that works with several brands that offer a percentage of their earnings as a thank you for shopping with them. After creating an account, you can install a small button on your browser that activates every time you visit a participating site. You activate the eBate, and thats that. A nice check will come to you after you complete your purchase. Bonus: Gwynnie Bee is a participating merchant with a large rebate! Referrals are also a great way to make money back or receive a discount. Almost every online retailer offers some sort of a deal for referring a friend. If you truly love the products and services you shouldn't hesitate to share with your friends on social media and beyond!
> Does this mirror make me look bad? Am I the only one who doesn't like dressing room mirrors? As much as I love shopping, I do not like the dressing rooms, so trying out clothes in the convenience of my own full body mirror is a blessing. A few months ago I came across Dia&Co, and ever since I've been raving about it to anyone who would listen! I even blogged about my favorite little black dress and floral blouse. Dia&Co will style your closet based on your personal style and budget for $20 a month. You will receive a box with 5 pieces that you get to try on in the convenience of your own home, pair them up with your current clothes and create your favorite outfits. If you love something you get to keep, it if not send it back! Free shipping both ways, and your styling fee is subtracted from your purchases. It's a win-win.
Stitch Fix is also another service that does the same thing for the same price, and even though Dia&Co caters exclusively to plus size women, Stitch Fix caters to women and men. Until recently, Stitch fix was only styling women up to size 16, but this month marks the launch of their plus size styling department with over 90 brands! What a time to be alive!
A million and one ways to save money. Isn't it exciting?! What are you doing to save money? Any secrets you want to share? I'd love to hear them out. Share them with me in the comments bellow!