Whether you’re a fashion blogger, or just a fashion enthusiast, keeping up with the trends can get expensive in a hurry. Over the years, I’ve learned a few money-saving tips that ensure I am getting the best deals, and the most out of my purchases, and today I’m sharing everything I learned with you!
What it is: Ebates is a third party shopping site that gives shoppers cash back on all purchases. It’s a great way to earn money back on all of your purchases and I use it all the time. I’ve gotten hundreds of dollars back on my purchases, AND it’s really simple to set up. I highly recommend it!
How it works: Simply sign up for an account on Ebates.com, start shopping, and receive cash back on all of your online purchases. Ebates has also recently begun working with in-store purchases, so there are even more ways to save. There are two methods to earn: (1) You can shop your favorite stores directly through Ebates.com, so that each purchase is linked back to your Ebates account; or (2) You can install the Ebates button to your browser, and you’ll receive a notification to activate Ebates each time you visit your favorite stores online. From there, you will receive a percentage cash back on all of your online purchases. I personally like to use the mobile app to track my cash back. It tallies everything you’ve earned on each shopping trip, as well as when you can expect your next “Big Fat Check,” as they call them.
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What it is: Honey is a program that automatically checks for and adds coupon codes to your online purchases during checkout.
How it works: Sign up for an account on Honey.com, and add the “honey button” to your web browser, much like Ebates. Shop online as you normally would, and, just before checking out, click the “honey button.” Honey will automatically check for available coupon codes and apply them to your order. You can save on purchases at a wide variety of retailers, from Nordstrom Rack to Tractor Supply (if that’s what you’re into). I’ve only recently started using this program, but quickly realize how helpful it is. This program eliminates all of the guesswork in finding a coupon code, and it automatically checks for codes every time you check out. You don’t even have to remember to take that extra step (I have too much to remember as it is, so I’ll take all the help I can get.)
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RETAIL ME NOT
What it is: Retail Me Not is one of the sites I’ve been using the longest to save on blog purchases. The site is used to find coupon codes and save money on online purchases. You don’t even need to have an account to use RetailMeNot.com
How it works: Shop online at your favorite stores. When you’re ready to check out, visit RetailMeNot.com, and search for coupon codes for the retailer. You will have to comb through the results, and determine which (if any) of the codes will work for your purchase. The site tells you the success rate of each code to help you narrow the search. I’ve been pretty successful using this site over the years, but it is a little more work than some of the others.
SPLURGE ON CLASSICS; SAVE ON TRENDS
SPLURGE: NORDSTROM, J.CREW, ANN TAYLOR
I emphasize this idea all the time on Wellesley & King. It’s money well spent to invest in good quality classic items that will transcend seasonal trends. Items like a good leather handbag, a pair of quality boots, a well-fitting pair of jeans, and a classic blazer are worth spending the extra cash on. These are items that you’ll have forever, so you want them to hold up to years of wear.
SAVE: TARGET, H&M, FOREVER 21
On the other hand, you can try out trendier items that will only be around for a season or two like off the shoulder blouses, bell-sleeve tops, metallic sunglasses or lace-up flats (all of which have been everywhere this summer) by shopping at stores like H&M, Forever21 and Target. Those stores are known for offering inexpensive versions of runway styles, which is perfect for items that you won’t wear for long.
BUY & SELL SECONDHAND
These are both great options that should not be overlooked. Both sites are great for like new, or lightly used designer handbags that previous owners are through with. They’re also great options for making a few dollars back on items that you are ready to part with. I’ve successfully sold many of my own pieces on these sites.
- As a seller, Poshmark is super easy. Every time you list an item, Poshmark estimates your expected return for the sale, eliminating the guesswork in determining your list price. Shipping is a breeze as well; you just ship items in the flat rate Priority Mail boxes, which you can pick up for free at your local post office.
- On Poshmark, you also have the option to trade with other sellers. That means that if you’re selling a pair of Hunter boots, but are in the market for a new purse, and another seller is offering a Kate Spade handbag, but dying for a pair of rainboots, the two of you can swap items, instead of selling to each other or third parties. It’s a great site for savvy shoppers.
I clean out my closet on the regular. In order to make room for new blog features, I get rid of pieces that I no longer wear about four times a year (usually before each upcoming season).
Consignment shops, like retail stores, try to sell fashions for the upcoming season, so if you take items there, be sure to bring seasonally-appropriate pieces. This time of year, consignment stores won’t be accepting summer shorts and dresses; they’ll be looking for sweaters, jeans, and boots. Keep that in mind when consigning or selling to secondhand stores.
I have taken clothes to Plato’s Closet on occasion, but prefer to stick to a local store near my hometown that I’ve worked with for many years. Since I’ve developed a rapport with the owner, I find that I do better there as opposed to larger chain stores.