August 2011 - Sensible Stylista

15 Bargain Shopping Tips

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.
  1. Always head to the sale and clearance racks first.  
  2. Check out stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Value City, Ross, Loehmann's - they often have designer garb for a fraction of the cost.
  3. 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.
  4. Keep an eye out for coupons and promotions before you head out.  For online shopping sprees, always check Retail Me NotCoupon Craze, Fat Wallet and/or DealCatcher - they have deals for over 100,000 stores!
  5. 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!  
  6. Don't forget about online stores like Asos; they offer free shipping AND free returns.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.  
  10. 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.
  11. Most chain retail stores mark down prices Tuesday nights - if possible, try to hit up stores on Wednesday mornings to score the best deals.
  12. Don't forget that each retail store has a different manager and location - due to this, markdowns will vary accordingly.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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