Bargain Shopping 101

Bargain shopping is not just a pastime, it’s a lifestyle. I swear by these rules to get the most bang for my fashion-focused buck.

  • Shop when the Sale is On Sale – I very rarely shop just the sale section. Instead, I wait for stores to run promotions to get an additional percentage off the sale price.  Typically these specials get you any extra 30-60% off the already discounted price!
  • Swap Seasons It’s important to think of sale shopping as an all seasons sport.  Right after Christmas is typically when I stock up on bathing suits and summer shoes. Since trends usually last for 3 years, it’s a safe bet to assume that the $20 J.Crew bathing suit you scored in January will be in-style come July.
  • Price Adjustments Price adjustments are a super easy way to save even more money. Most stores offer price adjustments 7 to 14 days after the original date of purchase. In most cases, all you need is your receipt and the original form of payment.  Cashiers will scan the receipt, see if your item has reduced in price, and if it has, will refund you the difference between the new price and the price you originally paid. It really is as simple as that but be sure to verify the store’s policy!
  • Call Customer ServiceNot only can they help you find the one store that has your must-buy that was sold out online but they can also issue refunds, price adjustments and free shipping over the phone! I’ve even had one representative make something that was “final sale” a returnable item. I swear, these folks are little shopping angels.
  • The Discount StoresYou cannot be a true bargain shopper unless you frequent the mainstays of T.J.Maxx and Marshalls; the heaven of sale shopping.  I have made some of my best bargain buys to date at these stores (Hello, $20 Rebecca Minkoff tote, I’m looking at you).  Since the inventory changes weekly at both stores, it’s worth your while to make several trips throughout the month. Similarly, if and when you see something you like, get it, because it most likely will not be there the next time you stop-in.
  • Coupons & Discounts There are plenty of extra ways to save aside from shopping in the sale section (although we always encourage you only shop those sacred racks).  Many stores offer student and teacher discounts of up to 15% off your total bill, including two of our favorites J.Crew & Madewell. Also be sure to check your credit cards for shopping-related perks.
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