I know it’s weird, but finding the right pieces at a budget-friendly price is all about mastering the waiting game. Here’s how to do it without going stir-crazy.
Use time to help you decide if you really need that $60 skirt.
As I talked about in my impulse buying article, giving yourself some extra time can be key in making the right decision. That skirt you loved in the dressing room may be over budget right now. But, if you wait a little bit, it should go on sale soon! (My timeline is usually one to two months, depending on the time of year (December/May have a lot of sales!) and whether or not it just hit the showroom.
Yes, this does risk losing the item in your size. But, if the price is too high for your budget, it can be a rewarding alternative. Believe me, you’re going to hate it if you pay $60 today, don’t wear it for a bit and then see the same exact thing for 30 percent less a few weeks later.
Mark the dates for sample sales & plan ahead.
Gucci has made a HUGE comeback over the past year! Bold colors and fun prints could not be more on-trend and Gucci has mastered it for decades. But, paying $4,000 for a designer bag just isn’t possible for the average 20-something. I get it. This is where sample sales come in!
I love going to sites like Mizhattan and Racked to find out which designers are offering up their best samples/overstock items for discounted prices. The big-name brands only do this twice a year. And, because their so coveted, you may have to wait insanely long lines.
The good thing is, those sites I mentioned will let you know about the sales well in advance, if you don’t already read them here. So you can mark your calendar, plan for a longer lunch break and research which pieces you really want ahead of time. This will make it easier to spot what you really want out of the crowd and get them more quickly.
Set up alerts so you always know if something goes on offer.
Not into checking sites regularly for sample sales? No problem! If you’re looking for something specific or prefer a certain brand, you can set up Google alerts to do the work for you. Something simple like “brand name + discount” should do the trick.
You’ll still need to wait for the right sale to come along. But, this way you can set it and forget it.
Save your shopping for big discount seasons.
Yes, this means waiting to do all your seasonal shopping during specific times, but the savings can be well worth it! January as well as the end of spring/early summer are great for workout gear. May and June seem to be the times to pick up a good deal on designer duds. Searching for boots, sandals or jackets? Buy these wardrobe staples during the end of the season – the year before. (You would not believe how cheap winter coats are right now!)
Know that the best things always come back around.
If you played video games as a kid, you know that while one gaming station comes out at $400, it will be $200 just a few months later. The same goes for designer clothes! The pieces you love from the runway can easily hit a fashion blogger’s eBay account, a resale store like Beacon’s Closet, or Century 21 in around the same time frame for a more wallet-friendly price. Some treasured pieces, like a Chanel Flap bag, may take longer but eventually, you’ll be able to find it for less.
I’m not done with luxe for less tips yet!
Check back soon for my budget-friendly summer trend guide as a well as a whole week devoted to the best designers for less. Happy hump day!