5 Ways to Budget Better (and still look stylish!)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

As I'm getting ready to move into an apartment, the idea of budgeting my money is looming large on my mind. Like so many of you, I LOVE to shop. It's a hobby, it's relaxing, it's fun...but it has not been kind to my wallet. I came up with a few ideas of how to be budget conscious while still keeping up with the trends and adding some new items to my closet.  

1. Stock up on inexpensive basics - go to stores like Gap, Nordstrom Rack or Target and stock up on basic tees and tanks. A basic tee or tank is always the base of a cute outfit and usually they can be dressed up or down. 

2. Buy replica statement jewelry - I signed up for emails from GroopDealz, which sells a lot of the popular JCrew trendy statement jewelry. For example, they often carry bubble necklaces for around $10. 

3. Look for discount designer - check out Nordstrom Rack, Marshall's, TJ Maxx and Second Time Around on a regular basis for things like designer bags and designer jeans. You can ALWAYS find them cheaper at these stores versus the mall.

4. Bring your clothes to consignment stores - we all fall victim to trends and impulse buys so take the things you've only worn once and trade them in for cash at a consignment store like Buffalo Exchange (which pays on the spot) or Second Time Around (which pays quarterly).

5. Save up for classic big ticket items - instead of buying bags and bags of stuff from Forever 21, I try to save my money up for things that I really want, like a classic designer purse or a timeless winter coat.

What are your tips for budgeting and saving money while still looking stylish?



  1. I really need to be better about consigning old items! My closet is pretty jam-packed right now!

    Fizz and Frosting

  2. i've been using poshmark and ebay to sell my old stuff...that way i make a bit of money back and don't feel as bad buying new things! :)

    1. i do that too but haven't had great luck in selling a lot of stuff :(

  3. I totally agree on stocking up on the less expensive basics!

  4. I am a total Maxxinista! Love tj maxx and marshalls!

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  5. Great tips! I've just recently started selling stuff I don't wear on poshmark and love how easy it is! Love nordstrom rack + tj maxx too!