shhhh…shopping tips!

My friends, family and (especially) husband know that I really enjoy shopping.  A bunch. It’s the thrill of finding that perfect outfit/gift/object.  When that great dress or pair of shoes comes along, it’s game over.  Because of enjoying this so much, I’ve realized I need to take measures to spend less, or shop more strategically.  And so, I shall now impart some of this knowledge on you (but it’s a little secret, so share wisely)!

  1. USE A WEBSITE THAT WILL  ALERT YOU OF SALES

I favorites are Shoptagr.com and Shopstyle.com.  Shoptagr is awesome; I downloaded the button so when I see a great purse, full price or not, I click the button add it to my list of items.  Shoptagr will email me if the item goes on sale, and I can save it under categories like my “Awesome Items” set (I know, I got real creative with that one!)  Recently, Shoptagr asked me to describe how I use their service.  Check it out here!

Shopstyle will also email when an item goes on sale, and on Shopstyle you can type in something like “Oxblood Midi Dress” and it will find any item resembling this being sold at almost all major retailors.  I use both of these tools for the majority of my dress and shoe purchases.

2. SCOUR DAILY SALES ON MEMBER ONLINE ACCESS SITES

Check out Ideel, Rue La La, Hautelook and Gilt.  You wanted an awesome Shoshanna dress but it sold out and was too expensive?  There’s a good chance it will show up on Gilt.  That Sue Wong dress is out of your price range for a 20’s-themed party? Well, it’s still probably too expensive for just a party, but you can find them for under $200 on Rue La La.  Just check, and be sure to check out Rue La La’s “Editor’s Picks!” They are SO GOOD.

3.  TAKE A CHANCE ON OVERSEAS ONLINE SHOPS

OK, this is always a gamble.  BUT, for how cheap the clothes often are, it doesn’t hurt the wallet too badly if you need a few alterations.  Just remember that the clothes often run small…my sister and I have had a few funny moments.  Try Chicwish, Romwe and Boohoo.  I’ve had varying results, but when it’s good, it’s gold!

4.  DON’T BE AFRAID OF DISCOUNT STORES

We all can probably agree that Nordstrom Rack is awesome.  But, give TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls another try!  Do not go in there knowing what you want and go in with a little time to spare.  I’ve found gorgeous shoes and tons of home goods.  The best ones are in major shopping areas, like Tysons.  Want to go out on an even thinner limb?  Go into a Burlington Coat Factory (specifically, the one on Route 7 across from the Skyline Target).  If you get a good one you can find dresses from Rebecca Taylor and Mara Hoffman, and Ray-Ban sunnies.  Worth wandering in!

5. USE MAJOR RETAILERS FOR INSPIRATION

Often, I’ll look on Cusp,  Revolve Clothing or South Moon Under to see what trends are having a moment, and then go on other online stores to see if they have similar styles for less.  When I loved a few dresses by For Love and Lemons, but was not going to shell out major cash for them, I went on DailyLook.com to see what they had.  Voila, found one of my favorite lace dresses on it!  Asos.com also has some great clothes by various retailers, as well as their own lines.  And, let’s not forget H&M.

6. SIGN UP FOR YOUR FAVORITE RETAILERS’ EMAILS

So when you can’t look away from that dress at South Moon and they email you that everything is on sale.  Duh.

Hope at least one of these was a new way to shop smart!  Happy retail therapy!

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