Are you a Shopaholic with a game plan?

Every girl’s favorite past time is dropping that money on that favorite pair of shoes or that perfect outfit. If your a girl on a budget well you would want to check out my little tips on how to shop, when to shop, the best time to shop and all things shopping. I work in retail and I see a lot of women just drop money on some senseless pieces of clothing that just doesn’t fit their body or they know that they will have to return because it’s just not worth the money.Ladies when going shopping you should have a game plan or a list of how you are going to plan out your shopping trip. If you are in the transition of switching up your wardrobe a day out shopping shouldn’t take only one day it should be over the course of three days because you won’t find your perfect outfits in one day. So here are my little tips for shopping 🙂

  1. The day before you plan on starting to shop get up early (store opening hour) and check out all the stores at the mall not just your favorite store. This process will eliminate all crowds and busy teens.
  2. Make a mental note or have a note pad of the stores layout and make sure to ask the employees about the present or upcoming sales (some tell you and some don’t)
  3. As you are browsing start putting together some outfits and if you really love one ask the employee to put specific pieces on hold that you love.
  4.  Check and record the prices of all the stuff you like to come up with a total and also ask the girl at the counter if the store has online coupons and what they can and cannot be used on.
  5. On pre-shopping day “Do Not Spend Any Money” 
  6. When you get home go straight to the computer and start browsing for the stores website for coupons and other websites likeRetailmenot for coupon codes that the store will take or that the stores online website will take.
  7. Print out any coupons you may have found and place them in a safe place.  When printing coupons always print like three or four of the same coupon.
  8. With your the prices your recorded earlier from Number 4 open your online bank account profile and see how much money you can actually spend or willing to spend on your shopping trip.
  9. Get out your notepad with all the stores you are going to shop at and see how much money you will be spending and how much you will be saving with your coupons.
  10. A lot of stores don’t offer the privilege of using double coupons in one transaction so you may be stuck a while at the register making two or three transactions to save more money! Trust me it’s worth it because you do save.
  11. Get to bed early because you are about to wake up early and go back to your shopping destinations to pick out that outfits you want so badly.
Shopping Day has arrived WooHoo!!!! 🙂 
  1.  Get up early to be there as soon as the store is open because as I mentioned less crowd and no set of annoying high schoolers to be in your way.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Wear something you can just slip off and slip on! Avoid jeans
  3. Make sure you smell good because trust me the people putting back the clothes do talk about how the clothes smell while they are putting them back on the rack.
  4. Take a friend a long with you so you can have some feedback on the outfits you have chosen
  5. Carry as little as possible on the day you are going to shop because you don’t want to risk losing anything at the store or in the mall.
  6. Since you already know or have an idea of what you want find the items, browse a bit more if you want or pick them up from the stores hold closet and head straight to the fitting room to try on your pieces.
  7. Every outfit you try on make sure to ask your friends opinion and also the employee on duty, two opinions is always better than one but in the end it’s your decision.
  8. Comfort is key so make sure that what ever you try on defines who you are and also makes you feel beautiful for you and not for anyone else.
  9. Take a risk and buy that dress, skirt, top or shoes that you have always wanted but were to afraid to wear.
  10. Don’t only stick to casual wear but also get a few pieces that you can wear to a semi formal event.
  11. Stay classy not trashy
  12. When you are finished trying on your picks make sure this is what you want and head to the cashier.
  13. Sign up for the stores mailing list. It can be a pain in the butt for some but in the end you are gaining the coupons for another shopping trip be it a mini one or a big purchase. Plus you will always know when that store is having a sale.
  14. Avoid opening credit cards to irrelevant stores because if you are a girl on a budget you don’t want to deal with that bill when the month is up.
  15. Remember to use those coupons and it’s okay to make multiple transactions to use your coupon codes. Go during the early hours so you won’t have a line behind you waiting impatiently.
  16. Your goal is to spend at least under $100 for every transaction with your coupons.
  17. After you are finish shopping make sure to thank the employees and make sure to fill out any survey or customer response to give the store some phenomenal ratings once your shopping experience was good!

So these are my tips and I really hoped they help. A shopping trip can take any number of days it’s up to the buyer but make sure to visit multiple stores in the mall or where ever you go to shop because you can find a variety of styles and accessories. Always look for quality stuff because you will want to recycle some of the stuff for seasons to come 🙂 Have fun and please do leave some positive feedback or anything I can add!!! XoXo