Hello friends! With Black Friday and the Christmas holidays just around the corner I am thrilled to introduce you to a great friend of mine, Missy. A 20something herself, Missy is the go-to-girl on how to look incredible without breaking the bank. So without further ado, here are her holiday tips on "How to Shop Like a 20something".
Hi there I'm Missy. I'm a marriage and family therapist, dog lover, and aspiring baker, photographer, and blogger. I heart strong coffee, big cities, good food, and red lipstick. Although I'm inching closer to thirty everyday, I fondly look back on my 20s as some of the most fun, exciting, and confusing years of my life. I've made plenty of mistakes and am no expert on life, but am happy and excited to share with you some of the things I've learned along the way. Cheers!
Thou Shalt Not Pay Full Retail: How To Shop Smart & Look Great
by Missy Jimenez
Shopping is every girl's Achilles heel, and with today's media incessantly telling us to consume, consume, consume it can be difficult to resist temptation and avoid spending frivolously beyond your means. My own personal relationship with retail is a complicated one. As a poor student in my early 20s it was painful to stomach the reality that everything I wanted to buy was financially out of reach. I had a champagne taste with a beer budget.
Unfortunately I was largely able to ignore my financial reality and quickly deferred all my troubles onto my my best friend- the credit card. While initially swipe and run shopping brought with it an instant high, I later became consumed with guilt and worry. Needless to say my impulses eventually got me into trouble and forced me to learn how to become a smarter shopper. And now I'm here to help you.
Believe it or not, you can still get the looks you want without breaking the bank. All you need is a shift in your consumer mindset and a few simple rules.
1. Learn to curb your need for instant gratification.
When I shop, there are always a few items that immediately catch my eye, sending an instantaneous "I need that" reaction to my brain. Looking back, the times I have given in to emotional shopping are the times I end up regretting my purchases all together. Chances are I could have saved a lot of money by shopping around or looking into online discounts.
The take away-- be aware of your purchases.
- Consider trying on items you like in store and later find them online. Prices are typically lower online due to the elimination of storefront cost. I usually see between a 10-20% savings range online.
- Sign up for sites like E-bates who forward rebates to their customers in the form of a quarterly check, and at no cost to you. That's free money my friends!
- Online coupon codes can also be utilized to add extra discounts or even free shipping. If you just cannot find it in you to wait, consider signing up for an Amazon Prime account (free to students with an educational email address) which offers free next day shipping.
- Finally, retailers also love hosting sales during national holidays, so planning your shopping around them can bring additional savings.
2. Returning is not a sin.
You know that lady who has a million returns and always holds up the line? Yep, that's me, and I am proud of it.