How To Shop On A Budget || 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

How to buy clothes and be fashionable on a budget 2017

Hello people of the internet! Like most people these days, I'm broke. Other things just come before clothes shopping for me and that pretty much sucks. By the time I'm done buying all the "adult" things I need (looking at you, food) I'm not really left with a lot to work with. There's probably one good thing about being broke: you learn how to budget. Because, if you don't you're screwed. So, I'm going to share some of my top tips for shopping (for clothes) on a budget! 

How to buy clothes and be fashionable on a budget 2017

1. The first thing I usually do is head out to all of my favorite high-street shops. Now, I know that sounds crazy. How are you supposed to buy anything from New Look, Topshop, or H&M on a budget right? I go to these shops, I never buy anything. Having a browse around these shops is like being in a fashion magazine IRL. You see outfits on a mannequin, you get a feel for what's trendy at the moment and, you can find bits and pieces you love. 

2. Next, if you live anywhere near a Primark, go there. Obviously, Primark (or Penneys as it's known in Ireland) is a great place to find low-cost versions f your high-street favs. But, as the years have gone by, the prices have gone up. That's not necessarily a bad thing either. I've definitely noticed a huge difference in quality in Primark's stock. The whole point of going to Primark is to find a few bits that might be exact dupes for something on the Highstreet. I also love their basics. Why would I spend more than €3.50 on a pair of leggings or like €4.00 on a tank top? And they last for ages! 

How to buy clothes and be fashionable on a budget 2017

3. After I get a good idea of what I like on the highstreet/in Primark, I head out to my local charity shops. Luckily, Cork city has it's fair share. Now, I know a lot of people are if-y about second hand clothes. I honestly think you're crazy if you completely disregard Chairty shops when you go clothes shopping. Charity shopping is great. You get a bargin, the charity gets money, and you're creating one less piece of waste on this planet by recycling! The more you go, the more likely you are to find decent stuff. You also learn when they get deliveries and when new stock goes on the racks. When it comes to fashion I definitly think what goes around always comes back around (Hello chokers). So, you can always find an item or two that is totally rad these days.

4. This goes back to my first tip. You can skip the charities if you want but this is pretty essential to how I tend to save my money. Have a browse through every shop that you really like spending your money in at least once before you start spending your money. The whole point of doing this is so you don't get buyers regret. When I have a bitta cash I like to spend my whole day in town. I check all of my favorite shops and then I circle back around. I tend to think that items I couldn't stop thinking about deserve to be bought. Or, I'll at least try them on. Doing an imaginary shop can help you budget. It can also make you realse which things are total impluse buys. 

How to buy clothes and be fashionable on a budget 2017

5. Last but not least, save your damn money! I've often dealt with my own money burning a hole in my pocket. You're in town with actual money you can spend and you feel like you have to spend it. If nothing is really tickling your fancy just save the damn money. You'll thank yourself later. When you save up a bit you can totally splurge on an investment piece that could last you years. 

I would just like to say thank you to my mom at the end of this post. I wouldn't even be able to be this money-savy without her. These tips can be an absolute life saver when you're skint. Or if you're just looking to save a bit more money these days. 

This post contains photos from Unsplash

What's your go-to way to shop on a budget?
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  1. Great tips! Thanks!!

  2. Fab tips here! I'm trying to head into charity shops more often now!xx

    Lucy x |

  3. I am a HUGE fan of charity/thrift shopping! I have found some amazing pieces, the prices can't be beat and it's a win/win for everyone involved. Even when I started to get into a better place financially I never stopped - far too hooked now!

    Britt |


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