Okay, I may be the wrong person to be writing about this (especially after this post) but I’ll go ahead and attempt this anyway! School is starting for most of us and for those who don’t have part time jobs (or do and have a lot of bills to pay!) it is necessary to save $$$.
I really need to learn how to budget and whatnot so I’m basically in your guys’ shoes too! Here are a few tips I’ve learned:
Tip #1: Do I REALLY need it?
Ask yourself this question every time you see something you want. Another question you should ask is “how often would I wear this?” If you can’t come up with an outfit on the spot, then chances are that you won’t be able to in the future. If it’s not easy to incorporate it into your style, then you don’t really need it.
Tip #2: Don’t be swayed by sales!
Yeah sure it’s 50% off but you have to ask yourself the above question again: “do I really need it?” If the price is right and you can justify spending the money, then by all means do it! If you’re the type of person who gets tired of your wardrobe really fast (like me!) then sales are a great way to buy new stuff without breaking the bank. Just be sure you have the budgeted money to spare!
Tip #3: Write down a detailed budget plan
If you track your spending really well, you’re less likely to spend money on unnecessary things. Planning ahead is good because when you put thought into how you’re going to spend your money it’s easier to save up.
Tip #4: Shop at thrift stores
This may not be your thing, but if you’re really into vintage clothing don’t be afraid to frequent thrift stores! It takes a lot of patience but the end result is rewarding. My outfit in the pic cost less than ten dollars! You may have to alter what you buy but it’s simple! Here a little flash from the past to get you started. For anyone who’s curious, I usually go to Thrift Town, Goodwill, and Salvation Army! Flea markets are also great :)
Tip #5: Avoid credit cards
STAY AWAY! YOU WILL BE SUCKED IN AND THERE’S NO GOING BACK! Unless you’re really disciplined and good at stopping yourself from spending, you should seriously avoid it.
Okay, time to try to practice these things on my own. We should all work together!