Bargain Hunting 101: 4 Basic Tips to Help You Stick to Your Budget

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that bargain hunting is my favorite thing to do (well, after eating) and it is how I manage to stick to my very strict shopping budget.  So, as a self-proclaimed bargain-hunting expert, I wanted to share a few of my basic shopping strategies for scoring great deals without blowing my budget.

1. Take inventory of your wardrobe.  I can’t tell you how many women I know who have more than one of the same item sitting in their closets as a result of being heavy shoppers.  To avoid this, take a couple of hours every season and go through your wardrobe so that when you do begin your shopping you don’t buy the same thing twice.

2. Make a shopping list.  After taking inventory of your wardrobe, make a list of items that you think you need to go with pieces you own or that you would like to have to vamp up your wardrobe.  Making a list will make it easier to stick to your budget and it will make shopping easier by keeping you focused while browsing the racks or shopping online.

3. Shop the clearance sections first.  Whether you are browsing online or in-store, check out the clearance sections first because you can usually find some amazing gems.  In fact, the majority of my clothing, I’ve either gotten on sale for 50% off or more.  If you’re shopping in-store, get to the clearance when the store just opens because the racks are pretty neat, which will make your shopping a lot easier.  Also, many stores put out most of their merchandise early in the morning before the doors even open.

4. Shop in advance.  In general, there is nothing worse than shopping when you need something.  Not only will you have to rush to pick something out, but it will rarely be something you love, you will end up paying way too much for it, and you will probably only wear it once.  Avoid this by shopping in advance! For example, we all know when the holidays are.  Then why does everyone seem to wait until November to start buying pieces or putting together outfits?  There are so many “holiday” pieces available now that are deeply discounted because the holidays are over.  Pick them up now and save them for next year (or where them throughout the year).

I hope this list gave you some insight into my shopping strategy and helps you to create your own shopping strategy.

Thanks for reading.


  1. January 12, 2015 / 2:22 am

    I am so with you on this list and #4 is the key to cheaper prices. I love to see how little I pay and now that macy's is changing their return policy we have to be more creative.

  2. January 12, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Wait!! What?!?!? Macy's is changing it's return policy?!?!?