a shopaholic’s guide to saving money without sacrificing style

I am hands-down obsessed with shopping. It’s my favorite thing to do in my free time and finding something new makes me so happy! But, I also love saving money (especially since we’re looking to be first time homebuyers soon!). Both of these loves don’t really get along too well, but just because you’re trying to save money doesn’t mean you can’t have a *little* fashion fun now and again without breaking the bank. I wanted to share my secrets to being a shopaholic on a budget so you don’t have to sacrifice style to save! Read on…

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Shop at stores like Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, and TJ Maxx

I got this House of Want bag for a fraction of the original price at Nordstrom Rack! Shop here.

I love shopping designer brands and new trends, but unfortunately they’re often pretty pricey! The solution? Shop at stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, and Saks Off Fifth to get trendy designer fashion for a lot less! I’ve gotten a lot of great deals at all these stores, so check em out!

Shop on Etsy

This sequin and feather dress is handmade by Etsy seller La Mezcla – shop here!

Etsy offers so many unique styles from small brands and handmade sellers, and there’s a lot more fashion offerings on the platform than you might think! I love discovering one of a kind pieces on Etsy, and they’re often a great price too! Here are a few of my favorite Etsy fashion sellers:

Shop at The Real Real, Fashionphile, and Vestiaire Collective

You already know I love shopping secondhand designer bags, so I won’t go into it too much, but if you’re also obsessed with designer for less, check out these three sites below:

Get creative to get great deals…

I got this hat, faux fur jacket, and pants from the Somewhere x Nowhere sample sale for half off the original price!

Getting the most for your money takes a little work sometimes! My top tip for snagging great sales? Follow brands you love on social media and keep an eye out for:

  • Sample sales
  • Semi-annual sales
  • Live sales

Try your hand at upcycling…

Love a designer look but not the price? Try your hand at copying it yourself with some DIY! This ruffle sleeve band tee I made last year was inspired by Tomo Koizumi’s frothy ruffles, and it only took me less than $20 and a few hours to sew! Check out my Pinterest board for diy fashion inspo

Hope these tips help you save money when you’re shopping, and give you some new ideas for fashion on a budget!

Xx Tabi

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