and stay in budget.
It happens to the best of us, and it happens almost every season. Our favorite fashionistas scour the web to find the newest and cutest items and trends and share them with us. Then suddenly, another blogger has that adorable pair of shoes, or that "it" bag, then another, and another, and suddenly, you feel like you have to have it. You follow the link to find out how you can get one too, but hesitate to purchase. Do I really need it? Is it worth that price?
This happens to me all too often, and if you are also like me, you have a budget to be mindful of.
As a woman who likes to shop, a blogger who needs to present new and exciting products for content, and a wife who wants to be respectful of her household budget, these have been tricky waters to navigate. I can't tell you how many times I have looked at items online and my husband asks, "Are you shopping again?" To which I reply, '"No, I'm just browsing. Shopping involves purchasing, and I am not." To which I usually get an eye-roll in response. Over the years, I have had to master the art of shopping without impulse buying. Here are a few tricks I have learned over the years, and no matter where you stand on the shopping spectrum, I hope you'll find some useful tips.
1. Write it down. When I come across an item that I love, I make a point to save it either as a note in my phone or written in my planner. You can add as much detail about the product as you'd like, such as the exact brand, retailer, or price, but I usually just write down the specific type of item it is. This allows me to broaden my horizons and maybe find something unique but in a similar style or for a better price.
2. Make a list. As the season continues and I come across more pieces I want to add to my wardrobe, I keep adding these products to my notes or in my planner and make a list of what I want to purchase for the season. This helps me get a clear picture of what I think I want, and helps me realize the full scale of my future purchases. Typically, if I find something that I really like, I don't have a hard time remembering what it was or where to find it, but it is still helpful to have everything in one place. This simple practice definitely keeps me from impulse buying because if I don't already have it written down, then I probably just want to "shop" and will likely regret my purchase later. Plus, if I leave it and quickly forget about it, I definitely didn't need it. If I still want it a few weeks later, I will consider purchasing it.
3. Evaluate your wardrobe. Once I have my list of items I think I want to purchase for the new season, I'll take that list and cross reference it with what is currently in my closet. I'll check to see if I already have something like it, or to see if it is like something I have but could replace. If it is very similar to something I already have, I probably don't need it and likely won't end up purchasing it. If it is like something I already have but is old and worn out, I will leave it on the list for consideration.
4. Subscribe to emails. If I know several of the items I want are at the higher end of my budget, or if multiple pieces are from the same retailer, I often will subscribe to their email list (if I'm not already) to be notified of sales and great deals when they happen. It never hurts to get an extra 25% off or free shipping! Plus, you can always unsubscribe if it gets to be too much and starts cluttering your inbox later.
5. Budget and shop. At the beginning of each month, I will pick the top items on my list (or left on my list) and factor in their listed price for my shopping budget. If the price of the item easily fits in to my budget, I can purchase it quickly. If not, I may wait a few days or weeks to see what sales or deals occur. It's so irritating to buy something you really want and have it go on sale shortly after! By the end of the season, I have added new pieces I really want to my closet, and can be at ease that I purchased everything wisely and won't have buyer's remorse.
Here are a few of the items on my Spring closet wish-list:
This method has now expanded beyond just my closet. I use this method when shopping for items for my home and especially for the holiday season too! It has made shopping so much easier and more enjoyable for me each season, and I hope these tips can help you be a better and smarter shopper too!
Little bitty love,