Today's lesson is the biggest and the best and for me is really my new philosophy and is one that I have found that has simply changed my whole philosophy on shopping.
Rule No. 1: Don't shop the sale racks.
Gasp. I said it. I say that you can live the good life on a budget and then say you can't shop the sale racks. But the number one thing I hear from wardrobe consult clients is something like the following: 'I've shopped the sale racks for years and nothing in my closet goes together. It's all a mish-mash of clothes and I can never find anything to wear.' Sound familiar? Yep, I was doing the same thing with the same results and I learned a few things...
- Sale racks are full of the pieces that no one else wanted in sizes no one else wanted. You deserve better.
- Shopping the sale racks is very unorganized, you can't do it successfully with a plan and not having a plan is a waste of money.
- Sale racks are usually last seasons pieces and don't work well for the current season. Saving these pieces for next season has a low chance of being beneficial as your style, your life or your body might change in 9 months from now.
- The good news? You can still save money by shopping PROMOTIONS instead of sale racks. Promotions are usually good deals on current season clothing. Gap, Old Navy, LOFT and department stores do a good job of these kinds of "in season sales". Find these deals by subscribing to their Facebook page or get on their emailing list.
Here is an example... say you have the following on your 'want' shopping-list this season: colorful jeans, boyfriend jeans, a printed top, a new blazer, a versatile blouse, a fun pair of flats and a scarf. These are some of the hottest pieces of the season mixed with a few classics. At first glance it may look like this is outside of your reach... it could be upwards of $500, right? Here I shopped some current promotions at Old Navy, Gap and LOFT and got all these goods for only: $218.89!!!!
How awesome is that!?!? A complete closet re-fresh for fall at only about $200. Instead of spending $20 here and there on clearance or last seasons items... SAVE and compile your money to do a $200 stock up each season on pieces you LOVE (not pieces you kinda-like).
Now I'd love to hear from you! Do you shop this way already? Is this a new concept? Are you a guilty clearance shopper and have nothing to show for it (like I used to be!)? Do you have topics you would love to see featured in this series?