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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.
  • To see the other three tips,

  • 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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la_clique la_clique 10 years
smeehle--that is good advice except for one little thing: lots of places won't take AmEx bc their vendor fees are so high.
smeehle smeehle 10 years
My best advice re: credit is to get an American Express card and cut up your Visa and Mastercard. You have to pay the balance every month, which helps keep credit spending in check.
nicachica nicachica 10 years
TJ Maxx is the BEST store for handbags...i went in looking for shoes (not the biggest selection but good for what i needed) and the handbags were AMAZING! i literally had 5 bags at one point and was trying to decide on two to take and then realized i didn't have the money to buy it and had to physically drop the bags and dash away! sigh...they were just soooo pretty! oh and let me add in Loahmann's for great clothes at discount prices. not as cheap as TJ Maxx but still good prices.
AtlantaNoleGirl AtlantaNoleGirl 10 years
I agree with most of this stuff... sometimes, though, Desert, I do that and when I go back it's gone! Hate that! Love TJMaxx! I often find Theory, Juicy, Joes, Blue Cult and GREAT handbags there!
Desert Desert 10 years
If I love something but am not sure if I can afford it, I go away and leave it a few days to a week. If I'm constantly thinking about it, then I'll go back and try it on again. If I still love it, I generally buy it. That way I've at least managed to put some thought into it. Better yet if you can get a friend to come along to give her/his honest opinion of said item.
pillpopper pillpopper 10 years
I work for the corporate office for TJMAXX and Marshalls (in fact that is where I am right now!). The buyers here are top notch. Too bad they only offer a 10% discount for their employees (20% 5 times a year)
TNgirl TNgirl 10 years
I found some black Nine West pumps there for $25.00.
juliet juliet 10 years
Ross? No Ross in Chicagoland I think - what's been your best find there?
TNgirl TNgirl 10 years
jke I love TJ Maxx and Marshall's but don't forget Ross they have nice stuff too.
juliet juliet 10 years
Never underestimate the treasures one can find at stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls - I just found a beautiful silk dress by Theory (retails at $550) for $149!!! And it's from the fall line, no less! There's something in the stars whenever I walk into those stores... Any else had wonderful experiences at TJM?
LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
I'm guilty of many of those things. I sometimes buy things because they are cheap and I don't really like them.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
If you can live without it don't buy it.. I know so many people who buy something they are not crazy about cause they want to justify the time looking. If you don't love it leave it...
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