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Five Smart Shopping Tips

We all wish we could shop like Paris Hilton, but unfortunately, most of us have to worry about a little something called a budget. But being a frugal shopper doesn't mean having to buy all of your clothes at Wal-Mart. So, since I spend so much time on FabSugar telling you what to buy, I thought today I'd offer a few tips on how to be a smart shopper and still get plenty of fabulous stuff. Here are my five most important pieces of advice.

  • Don't buy something just because it's cheap. Before you succumb to a major bargain, ask yourself: Would I buy this if it were full price? If so, get it. If not, consider leaving it behind. If you aren't in love with it, it's just going to clog up your closet. Save your money for something nice instead.
  • If you have to buy it on credit, don't buy it. I know you've heard it before, but hear it again: Credit card debt is very bad. If you can't afford something at the ticket price, you certainly can't afford the real price—that is, the amount you'll end up paying after all the credit-card interest.
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  • Spend and splurge selectively. Save your big spending for classic items, not ultra-trendy ones. A high-quality handbag or a pair of nice pumps will last a long time, both quality-wise and style-wise. For really trendy items you wouldn't be caughf dead in next season, troll stores like H&M and Forever 21.
  • Think about what you can wear with it. You are more likely to wear something a lot if it matches a number of pieces you already own. This is especially true of accessories.
  • Only buy clothes that fit you well. There are lots of clothes out there, so why buy something that only kind of fits? If it requires a lot of weight loss or alterations, let that make your decision for you.


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