My name is Megan Breanne and I am addicted to shopping. I feel better already. They say the first step to correcting addiction is to state that you have a problem. Well there you have it. Honestly, I can’t be alone. Shopping just feels good. It’s therapeutic. Something about holding a new shiny bag makes you feel brand new like the contents inside. Some may ask, how do you afford such habit? Simply put, I plan, I wait, I save, I look for sales, and when all else fails I go to Ross. Be a teacher they said, it will fun they said, you’ll love the kids (still serving side eyes to this advice). I’m kidding! I love my job, but my twice a month pay check doesn’t coincide with my habits. Today I will be sharing ideas on how to better shop at discount stores, specifically focusing on my recent clothing haul at Ross. (pictured below)
- Be prepared– You know you are on a budget. Don’t get lured into the EVERYTHING is just $1.00 section. $1.oo times 40 adds up. You don’t need everything on sale. If you ended up at Ross chances are it was for a reason. Think of things you need. Seasons changing? Grab some boots. Moving? Look at home decor. If you are really bad like myself make a list before leaving home. Don’t need it? Don’t buy it, unless it has sparkles, you always need sparkles.
- Magic number– I look over my funds and figure the number that I absolutely cannot extend past. I get in the store and begin filling my cart. I think to myself, I want it all! Next, I grab my calculator, because, let’s be real, who has time. Oh no! I’ve managed to do it AGAIN! My cart no longer meets my budget. Time to get refocused. Maybe you followed step one and only reached for items you felt necessary. Keep the most important and drop the rest. Remember the items that you put back, write them down, and place them in mind for your next trip.
- Quality- The downside of discount shopping? Rummaging through the junk. Find the hidden gems. Looking takes time. You won’t get the luxury that Saks provides with perfectly dusted shelves, bright lights, and new items on display. You can and will find name brand items for half the price. Frequent brands spotted in Ross include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, New Balance, Betsey Johnson, and Levis just to name a few. Can’t find the brand you are looking for? Start searching for pieces that look strangely close to the real thing. I was able to grab the sweatshirt below for $10 dollars. Look familiar? (I know I was thinking Tommy Hilfiger too!)
- Compare– You’ve heard me say this before and I’ll say it again. Research. I love fashion. If I could have every item ever made by Chanel I know I’d die happy. But, I can’t. Luckily everyone makes knock offs, everyone. Sometimes it’s shorter, maybe a bit see through, doesn’t hug your figure quit like the real thing but yet and still you can’t pass it up. In my recent trip to Ross I was searching for fall clothing steals. Typically I head to Nordstrom and grab my favorite sweater dresses, but back to whole budget thing, that wasn’t an option. I usually spend close to $100 dollars for one dress. I was able to snag two dresses for $23 dollars! Although both weren’t perfect in length or fit, I accessorized to combat the issue. You can find both dresses pictured below. Discount stores can sometimes let you down. You head inside with high hopes only to leave defeated. Don’t be discouraged, they’re on every corner, go to a different one! I myself am I fan of a discount. Even when I have all the money to blow I run to the sale rack. I guess Ross has it all figured out. Why spend more, when you can DRESS FOR LESS? Until next time, happy reading!
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