Looking Good on a Budget

By JANAY FITCHETT

Staff Writer

“When you look good, you feel good.” It’s a saying that has existed for years. But most people think that “looking good” means spending tons of cash.  Truth is, you can look good while on a budget.  Here are some tips to help you with your fall fashion:

Clearance Deals

Retail stores begin to receive merchandise for the new season early.  This new merchandise means older merchandise gets marked down to clearance.  This is the perfect time to buy basics like tees and tanks that can be worn in the fall and layered.  You can also buy shorts and cropped pants for a bargain and save them for next spring and summer.

BOGO

Everywhere you turn you see “Buy One Get One” (BOGO).  These could be BOGO free or BOGO half off.  The great thing about BOGO is that you really get to save money on the items you want, and you can also share it with your friends.  For example, Charlotte Russe does BOGO $15 deals on their shoes.  If two friends both find shoes for $45 their total would be $60; split the total and each would pay $30 which equals 15$ savings for each person.

Staple Pieces

Another thing to remember when you are shopping is to buy staple pieces.  Staple pieces are items like neutral colors, jeans and jewelry: Items that are always fashionable despite current trends.   Jewelry adds variety and sass to the items already in your wardrobe.   It can also dress up an outfit for a night out on the town, or add some flair for those days on campus.  Creating different statements with the items you already have in your closet is a great way to get “more for less”.

Online Shopping

Indstead of drivin to stores, online shopping gives you access to them without leaving your home!  Also, online versions of popular stores often provide a larger selection of styles, colors and sizes than their physical locations.  Many online retailers also offer free shipping on purchases over a certain amount.  Bonus Tip:  Join your favorite store’s e-mail list as they often provide customers with bonus coupons and special sales!

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