Shopping on a budget can be done! Follow Mrs. Amy’s tips for shopping at value stores like Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, etc.
Study the Splurge
Before you go shopping at value stores, spend some time “studying” your favorite boutiques and high-end shops first. Take notice of new trends or the type of things that stand out to you. Then, when shopping in the value stores, keep your eyes peeled for similar items. A perfect example was the black backpack we found in our Walmart Challenge. Ava and I LOVE Madewell bags, and the one we found is almost identical to the splurge backpack we’ve been drooling over. It was less than 1/4 of the price of Madewell’s version! Not too bad!
Don’t Be Afraid to Break Up Sets or Alter Items
Sometimes the value stores go a little overboard in the design department. A good example was the blue tie-dye top we featured in the Walmart Challenge. That top originally came with coral leggings with matching tie-dye bows at the ankles. Ummm…That’s a bit much. So, we used the top and paired it with simple white jeans! Perfecto! Let’s go back to the black backpack. We altered it. It originally came with a silver glittery luggage tag thingy hanging off of it. Again…just a bit much. So, we cut it off to make it look more like our favorite Madewell version! Less is more.
You need to say “no” more than you say “yes,” when shopping in value stores. Shop with a critical eye, but not so critical that you can’t see potential. You just don’t want to get blurry vision when your shopping in value stores. It’s kinda like seeing a mirage in the dessert. After you’ve been in Walmart too long, everything kinda starts looking weirdly cute. Lol. But seriously, don’t buy every single thing that has potential. Be choosy.
Mix It Up
Value shopping is a science. The key to nailing it, is mixing your budget items with your splurge items. Everything in your closet doesn’t need to come from boutiques, but mixing in nicer pieces will keep your overall wardrobe looking more high-end.
Know What to Invest In
We think it’s better to have a few, well put-together outfits, than a closet full of random stuff. With that said, it’s important to know which items to spend more money on. Splurge on items that will go with multiple looks. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, have a really nice pair of jeans that are versatile. Invest in shoes that will go with almost everything. You could have a nice top or two to go with those jeans, but most of your tees, bags and jewelry could be bought on a budget. Spend on items you’ll use every day. We suggest not spending on trendy items if you can avoid it. Trends come and go quickly, so you don’t want to have a lot invested in them.