Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Shopping Tips- Part 2

I meant for these to be back to back posts, but I was at an company softball game at 6:20 and we won (which was literally a miracle) and then we had to play again at 8:40 but the game was delayed until 9:30 and by the time I got home, showered and took care of the dog blogging just wasn't happening. But here is the second half of my shopping tips! Hope they help you keep the spending low and your wardrobe glamorous!

7.       Sign up for those annoying emails
I started using my blog account email as my shopping email account. Whenever I would log onto a new store’s site, more often than not they ask you to create a log in, or sign up for emails. A lot of the time it comes with a coupon incentive- 10% off, 20% off, free shipping on your first order etc. Shop first and if you find something then sign up for the email and wait for the coupon code. I say shop first because sometimes the coupon code expires L. After the initial sign up, most places email you with promotions, and more incentives to keep buying their products.
Some sites that you should sign up for:
tobi (50% off first purchase!)
Windsor (10% off first purchase)
Last Call Neiman Marcus (they constantly have email sales)
Dorothy Perkins (email exclusive sales)
8.       Put things on hold
Either online or in store- if you’re not POSITIVE about something then put in on hold and wait a day. Or an hour. If you’ve forgotten about it you clearly don’t want/need it. If you  haven’t and you’ve look other places but can’t get the item out of your head then make the purchase. The worst thing is not getting something and regretting it. the second worst is getting something you never wear and have it turn into a waste of money and closet space.
9.       Try eBay, Etsy, Amazon and Polyvore
When looking for a specific item I can’t get my hands on, I go to my four fall-back websites. I’ve been able to find pretty much any item I was looking for. Although they aren’t always in my price range when I find them at least I found them! eBay, Etsy and Amazon all have sellers that sell new and sellers that sell used and some that do both. And the best part- you can usually find a cheaper price on things than directly from the company site. Make sure you read the reviews on everything tho! Polyvore is a great new tool I’ve used because it’s basically google for clothes. You can search and the site brings back everything that matches that description from a ton of different websites (see also: Wanelo) and you can filter the search based on price.
10.   Go to the sale/ clearance first
I know it’s difficult because the sale and/or clearance rack is always at the back so you walk by everything else first. But try and put on blinders and focus on your destination. It’s totally worth it. You can find great stuff on those racks for a lot cheaper than on the regular racks and by the time you’re done with the sales racks you may be satisfied enough to head straight to the check out and then to the door!
11.   Outlets!
Outlet versions of stores are wayyy dangerous. (cough cough J. Crew Factory Store) because the discounts are CRAZY. Even if the closest outlet stores are a bit of a drive it is worth is because you can fill your closet for the same amount of money that you could spend on a outfit for a night out at the regular retail store. A lot of times there are also items that are discountinued so if you saw something that you couln’dt find in-store, the outlet is a great second chance for you to find that special item!
12.   Shop out of season
In-store this is a bit harder. But many online stores have inventory up year round. This means around the 4th of july when all you’re thinking about is BBQ and sundresses, you should also be thinking “fall boots!” check out stores and online right after the season is over. You can normally find awesome deals. So now that fall is around the corner, those sundresses that are still on the racks have got to go! And that means discounts and deals for you!


  1. Great shopping tips. I always like to put things on hold if I can!!
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo

    1. thanks! i love your outfit post, very jealous of those red jeans!

      keep checking in with me :)

  2. Number 10 is a truly practical advice. You never know what you can purchase in a sale. You can find treasure amidst the rush and hype during a sale. You would be amazed at the amount of you’ve spent and the number of items you were able to purchase. It just takes a little of patience and effort to locate good and affordable finds.

    Danny Riddell

  3. YES off season shopping is genius! i've been doing it ever since i signed up for private sale websites (which often sell out of season clothes at deep discounts). Great tips!


    1. Thanks! and thanks for stopping by!

  4. oh yah the jcrew factory store don't even get me stored on that outlet store, ugh especially this past weekend when they had their 50% off everything in the store sale yah how i walked out of that sale with only one item bought is still a mystery to me

    1. ahh I was busy all weekend so I missed the sale! Probably a good thing tho!

  5. Great post girl! And we have the same name! Yay!!

    1. Haha thanks! I think Adriana is more common than I thought! :)