Many of us love to shop, but do we know how to shop wisely? I know that I, for one, have frequently struggled with making the right buying decisions. How else do you think I ended up with so many wardrobe “benchwarmers”?
I’ve learned some things along the way and do my best to share my knowledge here on the blog, but I don’t have all of the answers! Fortunately, there is a wealth of information available on the Internet. In today’s useful links post, I share some great articles on smart shopping. Enjoy!
Resources for Savvy Shopping
Erica from the website “From Shopping to Saving” shares her top ten worst shopping mistakes and what she learned from them. I could really identify with some of Erica’s mistakes, including shopping as a hobby, buying multiples “just because,” and reading fashion blogs religiously. I’ve recently unsubscribed from most fashion blogs and stopped visiting the fashion forum I used to read daily. That alone has helped to stop the “wanting machine,” but Erica’s other tips are also quite useful! Her blog looks good, too, from my initial first glance.
Sally from “Already Pretty” outlines six common pitfalls that shoppers can fall prey to when they hit the mall or the online stores. She touches upon such issues as buying things on sale and settling for clothing that almost fits. In addition to specifying the common pitfalls, Sally offers concrete strategies for avoiding them. This classic post from 2011 is a must-read and the close to fifty reader comments are worth a look as well.
This post on the “Get Rich Slowly” personal finance blog not only offers tips for smart shopping, it also provides tips on cleaning out your closet. In fact, the writer recommends that a shopping trip be preceded by “the great closet clean-out.” Expert advice from Tim Gunn, Michael Kors, Jessica from “What I Wore,” Allie from “Wardrobe Oxygen,” and Angie from “You Look Fab” is included in this comprehensive article.
I think I include an article from Bridgette Raes in every useful links post I do. Her articles are just that good! In this post, Bridgette shares some insider tips for how she works with her personal styling clients, including the pre-work to do before shopping and how to handle the dressing room. All of the tips are useful, but I especially like Bridgette’s advice for handling your purchases once you get home.
This article from Real Simple offers ten savvy ways to dress stylishly while keeping shopping costs down. The advice includes tips on fabrics, colors, shapes, quality, alterations, and accessories. The article closes out with some guidelines for shopping online and information on how to style yourself. The tips are offered not only by the writer, but also from a number of fashion industry experts.
This post on “Being Geek Chic” delves into the topic of “cost per wear,” which is a useful consideration to keep in mind while shopping. The author presents examples of seven potential buys and breaks down whether or not these items represent wise purchases. Surprisingly, the most inexpensive item shown ended up not being a good buy. It’s helpful to read the comments on this post, too, as the author addresses some questions that came to mind for me while reading the article.
I close out my useful links with a comprehensive article from Angie of “You Look Fab” on how to shop smarter. While some of Angie’s tips are suggestions I’ve offered to previous clients and on this blog, others I hadn’t even thought of before! My favorite tips on the list are numbers 1, 3, 4, 7, 12, 17, and 20, but they are all excellent.
What’s great about this article, too, is that many tips link back to comprehensive posts on the site that cover the topics in greater detail. I especially recommend that you read Angie’s post on the “Triple P Purchasing Principle.” I’m working on being more patient, picky, and practical when I shop, as it really does pay off in the long run!
Do You Have Additional Shopping Tips to Share?
I hope you found the links above helpful. I certainly learned a lot from reading the words of wisdom from these wonderful authors. If you have any additional shopping tips that you feel will benefit your fellow “Recovering Shopaholic” readers, please feel free to share them in the comments section. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!