As we just got done with the holidays, it’s time to get back to our regular budgets and saving, but how do you do that after buying gifts? Here are 8 tips on how to make your holiday budget work for your wardrobe.
1) Have a budget
Having a budget allows you to spend your money wisely by spending on what’s most important to you. While it might seem restrictive, it doesn’t have to be. A budget is really just a planning tool that helps us track and understand our expenses so we can make smarter decisions going forward. Here are four tips for creating one
2) Purchase luxury items secondhand
Luxury items that were in vogue during last year’s holiday season are likely on clearance now and can be bought for less than half their original price. If you’re not opposed to secondhand shopping, consider finding luxury items (like handbags or shoes) in high-end department stores and purchasing them at a fraction of their original cost. The quality will be identical to what was originally sold. In addition, vintage stores are great places to find designer clothing at lower prices!
3) Sell your old clothes
Over spring break, clean out your closet and sell your clothes online. Whether you’re looking to earn a few bucks for that new pair of shoes or want to clear out some space, try selling your gently worn fashion on sites like eBay, Poshmark, or Tradesy.
You’ll be shocked at how much money those old pairs of jeans can make you—and no matter what you do with that cash, I guarantee it will feel better than being in a shoe-buying rut.
4) Create my time into your schedule
If your work-life balance is out of whack, it’s time to make some changes. A key step to solving any problem is understanding what got you here in the first place—and that means taking a look at your schedule.
You probably had a pretty packed schedule leading up to and following Christmas, but creating time for me time into your schedule (e.g., time for exercise, eating right, and sleeping well) should be a priority in 2018.
5) Go to local stores instead of tourist destinations
Did you go to Times Square for some holiday shopping? Did you stop by West Edmonton Mall for a quick dose of retail therapy? No matter how much fun those outings might have been, remember that they were more expensive than doing your shopping locally. Locally-based shops will carry things from within your country, meaning it’s cheaper. If you’re going to go on a major spending spree, make sure it counts!
6) Get inspiration from Instagram influencers
Instagram, which just celebrated its 7th birthday, has become a great place to find affordable fashion ideas. This social media platform is home to thousands of style bloggers who post outfit photos and give tips on how they put together their own ensembles. Keep a running tab of your favorite outfits on a Pinterest board and you’ll have easy access to style inspiration when you need it most!
7) Make an inspiration board before you shop
Inspiration boards can come in handy if you’re trying to create an outfit around a specific color, theme, or silhouette. Check out Pinterest and Instagram for ideas! Then, take your inspiration boards and use them as your shopping list.
Not only will you be more intentional about what you buy, but when it comes time to put outfits together, you’ll already have a lot of clothes in mind.
8) Search thrift stores and consignment shops on Google Images
When you’re looking for new pieces to add to your wardrobe, it can be hard to find clothes that fit your budget. What you might not know is that thrift and consignment stores have photo databases of most items they sell.
Instead of wasting money on trendy new clothes, search Google Images for high-quality images from your favorite stores. These images show what each item looks like without a model, so there’s no need to guess whether or not an item will fit into your closet.