So here is the entry I promised with bargain-shopping tips! =) I pride myself on finding the most incredible deals and want to share my secrets with all of you! I hope you find this entry helpful and informative.
- Always head to the sale and clearance racks first.
- Check out stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Value City, Ross, Loehmann's - they often have designer garb for a fraction of the cost.
- Shop Style is an amazing tool for the shopaholic - it allows you to compare different prices in order to score the most affordable version of your desired item.
- Keep an eye out for coupons and promotions before you head out. For online shopping sprees, always check Retail Me Not, Coupon Craze, Fat Wallet and/or DealCatcher - they have deals for over 100,000 stores!
- Online shopping can be your best friend - check out discount sites like Gilt, Modnique, Beyond the Rack, Hautelook, Ideeli and more. Feel free to contact me for an invitation to any of these sites!
- Don't forget about online stores like Asos; they offer free shipping AND free returns.
- Most of the time stores like Kohl's, Target, and Macy's carry more affordable lines from big name designers like Vera Wang, Karl Lagerfeld, Stephen Sprouse, Mossimo Giannulli, and the like.
- Don't forget about outlet malls - stores like Off 5th and Last Call carry merchandise from their "mother-stores" Saks Fifth and Neiman Marcus. They have the most remarkable deals for high-end gems.
- If you find an item too pricey for your taste, wait it out - most likely it'll get marked down even further, but *warning* there is a chance you'll lose the piece for good.
- Don't be afraid or embarrassed to return an item or ask for a price adjustment - what do you have to lose? Often, stores will definitely adjust your price within 7-10 days of purchase.
- Most chain retail stores mark down prices Tuesday nights - if possible, try to hit up stores on Wednesday mornings to score the best deals.
- Don't forget that each retail store has a different manager and location - due to this, markdowns will vary accordingly.
- We all know about the BIG blowout sales like Black Friday, After Christmas, 4th of July but don't forget about: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Liquidation sales, end of season sales, Memorial Day, Easter, etc.
- Ask yourself if you really need the item - make sure you can style it at least 3 different ways. Remember, a really amazing deal is NO good if it just serves as decoration for your closet.
- Finally, remember to be patient - bargain shopping takes time and energy. Don't expect to waltz into a store and find an incredible deal within minutes.
Happy shopping everyone - I hope you all find fabulous deals and share them with me.